Smoked Paprika Potato Salad with Watercress

Recipe and photos by Daniela Gerson @danielagerson

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20-30 minutes

Serves: 4-6


  • 2 lbs small potatoes, scrubbed and halved
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced (1-1.5 cups)
  • 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Spice Tribe Pimentón de la Vera (smoked paprika)
  • Black pepper
  • 2 cups watercress
  • 3 Tablespoons chives, finely chopped


  1. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water; season with salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until tender, 15-20 minutes. Drainand return to pot to dry out.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the vinegar, mustard and smoked paprika in a bowl and whisk to combine. Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle 3 tablespoons of the vinaigrette over the potatoes while they are still warm; toss to coat.
  3. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high. Add onion; season with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally until soft, about 5 minutes.
  4. To assemble, combine watercress, potatoes and onions; season with salt. Drizzle with remaining vinaigrette to taste, and sprinkle with chives.