Delicious peruvian appetizer recipe that you can easily make at home.

Solterito Arequipeño is one of the specialty dishes of Arequipa (Peru), a beautiful city surrounded by dramatic volcanos in southern Peru. Solterito is a vegetable salad, traditionally prepared with the giant lima beans and large kernel choclo corn that grow so well in Peru. You can find frozen choclo, queso fresco and rocoto pepper at Latin food markets.



  • 1 1/2 Cups queso fresco
  • 1 Cup diced red onion
  • 1 Cup diced tomato
  • 3/4 Cup fava beans, blanched and cooled
  • 1 Cup choclo, boiled & cooled
  • 2 Tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons minced rocoto pepper
  • 1/4 Cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup olive oil
  • 2 Teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 Potatoes, boiled then peeled & sliced
  • 1 Lettuce
  • Black olives (Optional)


  • In a medium bowl, combine queso fresco, onion, tomato, fava beans, choclo, parsley and rocoto.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together red wine vinegar, olive oil and garlic. Pour the dressing over the vegetables. Stir gently to combine and add salt and pepper. Season to taste.
  • To serve, arrange lettuce on one side of a plate. Overlap with potato slices on the other side. Serve the salad over the lettuce & potato. Decorate with olives.
  • Note: You might try jalapeño or habañero peppers in lieu of the rocoto. Alternatively, you could substitute red bell pepper for the rocoto if you are looking for a non spicy version.

Solterito Arequipeño