Italian Potato Salad

Hey friends, we are writing this from an apartment in Barcelona. It will only be a short post today since we are on our way to the Gràcia neighborhood and we can hardly wait to get out the door.

Before we left, we shot this Italian potato salad for our friend Damaris’ blog Kitchen Corners. It’s 31 days of salads over there and we have definitely found a couple of new favorites, so check it out. We spent some time with Damaris and her family in Santa Cruz, when we were traveling in California last year. Since then, she and her family has moved to Brazil and we are so jealous of their beach life!

This salad is truly an old favorite of ours. Sometimes we add a dash of white wine vinegar to intensify the flavor, or some black beans to add some protein. It has this super fresh lemony taste and is a nice alternative to pasta salad for the spring picnics. Oh listen to us, it’s not even February and we are already talking about spring. It must be the Barcelona sun messing with us. And thinking about that, we really need to leave now. We’ll try posting some Gràcia photos on facebook, twitter and instagram. Ciao!

Italian Potato Salad
Serves 4
Small potatoes work best in this recipe. They come in many different varieties, shapes and colors; red, pink, purple and yellow. Try mixing them.
2,2 lbs (1 kg) small potatoes, well scrubbed and halved
15 – 20 cherry tomatoes, halved
5 stalks celery, chopped
4 tbsp pickled capers, drained
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
15 olives, pitted
fresh basil, chopped
Marinade:
4 tbsp olive oil
1 large lemon
sea salt & black pepper to taste
Start by boiling the potatoes (unpeeled) in lightly salted water for about 20 min or until fork tender. Let them cool.
Mix olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in small bowl, set aside while making the salad.
Toss tomatoes, celery stalks, capers, onion, olives and basil in a medium bowl. Add the potatoes and the marinade and toss gently again. Serve on plates and top with fresh basil and some freshly grounded black pepper.