Ecuadorian salads

A list of the most popular Ecuadorian salad recipes:

Aguacate relleno con camarones: Ripe avocado filled with shrimp, red onion, radish, bell pepper, celery and cilantro aioli

Aguacate relleno con atun: Avocados stuffed with tuna, peas, corn, carrots, hardboiled egg, tomato, parsley, and salsa rosada.

Curtido de cebolla y tomate: Lime marinated red onion and tomato salsa

Ensalada de papas con camarones: Ecuadorian or South American potato salad with shrimp, carrots, onion, garlic and mayonnaise.

Ensalada mixta: Delicious and refreshing salad recipe made with lettuce, tomato, onion and avocado with a lime cilantro dressing

Ensalada rusa: Ensalada rusa is a classic salad and side dish served  in Ecuador, and throughout Latin America, made with potatoes, carrots, peas, apples, celery, onion, and mayonnaise.


  1. Ann Smith says:

    Thanks, It sounds good – I’ll give it a try. Ann

  2. Ann Smith says:

    I recently bought a small bag of melloco in Vilcabamba. I cannot find a recipe for it on the internet. I don’t know if it’s a small potato or large legume. A local friend told me to boil it in water, slice it into small circles, add tomatoes and eat it in a salad. Is this vegetable worth buying and if so do you have any recipes for the melloco? Thank you for your help.

    • Hi Ann – I love mellocos! Unfortunately it’s very hard to find in the US (and even then can only find it canned). Treat it as you would fingerling potatoes (in terms of cooking – though it’s texture is different, has a slight sliminess to it). I love them in salads: boil them, slice them and toss with cebollas curtidas (pickled red onions), avocado slices, radishes, carrots, lime juice, olive oil and cilantro. They’re also great in soups, you can make locro style soup using mellocos.

      • My mom’s recipe: Boil the mellocos like a potato, when done, cut them in circles. Chop green onions, add lime, salt, pepper and olive oil. Add the mellocos to the green onions, and done!!!! This salad goes amazingly well with steak. Enjoy!

  3. Joyce Uzcategui says:

    I have been pinning your recipes a lot. Thanks for so many delicious ones. We are moving to Ecuador (the coast) later this year, so I have been trying some recipes before I go. We have eaten in two Ecuadorian Restaurants here in CT. When I like something I ate at the restaurant, I google the recipe or look on your site for a recipe. Many times it is not exactly like the restaurant’s, but is delicious as well. I especially like the soups. I have a question, do Ecuadorians make any pasta-like recipes? Thanks, again for your great blog.

    Hi Joyce – There are many variations of “tallarines” or spaghetti type pastas in Ecuador, some of the best are ones mixed with seafood. Also, fideos (noodles or any other shapped pastas) are commonly used in soups.

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