Mar 10, 2018

Soltero de queso (cheese, olives, corn and fava beans salad)

This is a traditional dish from Arequipa, a city in the Southern region of Peru, which is served cold.


  • 2 onions diced or cut in thin slices
  • 1 tomato in dices
  • 1 cup of fresh cheese (could be replaced with mozzarella or drained cottage cheese)
  • 4 big boiled potatoes or 8 small ones
  • 1 cup of pitted black olives in slices
  • 1 cup of boiled fava beans
  • 1 cup of boiled corn kernels
  • Olive oil
  • Red vinegar
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Chopped fresh rocoto (optionally jalapeno pepper or Cayenne pepper powder)
  • Parseley and oregano (optional)


After rinsing and draining, put the onions in a large bowl together with the tomatoes, cheese, olives, fava beans and corn. Add salt, black pepper, olive oil and vinegar. If you like spicy food you can add rocoto (chopped jalapeno pepper or Cayenne pepper powder could be used if rocoto is not available). Optionally you can sprinkle some parsley and/or oregano. Mix everything.

Serve the salad with the potato on the side.