Malaga Salad Recipe (Ensalada Malagueña)

Malaga Salad Recipe (Ensalada Malagueña)

This blog post was originally posted on April 4th, 2016 and was updated on July 14th, 2017

Malaga Salad Recipe (Ensalada Malagueña)

Malaga Salad Recipe

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Normally in Spain when people talk about potato salad, they think of “Russian Salad” (which is similar to what we make in the States with mayonnaise, potatoes and possibly some olives, diced celery or carrots). In Malaga, however, we have a different kind of potato salad. It is also made with potato, but we add salt cod, olives, and oranges to the mix.

It might sound a bit odd to make a salad with fish, oranges and potatoes, but the result is delicious and a perfect choice now that the weather is warming up! The best part (in our eyes) is that it is very easy to make and you can prepare it ahead of time, so it’s the perfect starter! Pair it with some fried fish and you will have a typical Malaga lunch.

Malaga Salad Recipe (Ensalada Malagueña)

 Made with potato, but we add salt cod, olives, and oranges this is delicious!
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Course: Starter
Cuisine: Spanish/Andalusian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
soak: 1 day
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 388.5kcal


  • 300 g 10.5 oz salt cod
  • 1 kg 2 lbs potatoes, peeled and cut into medium size pieces
  • 4 oranges peeled, pitted and cut into wedges
  • green olives to taste pitted and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 4 hard boiled eggs cut into pieces
  • 1 onion diced
  • Olive oil
  • Salt


  • Soak the salt cod for about 24 hours (depending on its thickness)
  • Once desalinated, dry the cod using paper towel and carefully remove any of the skin or bones
  • wash and peel the potatoes and put them into a large pot covered with water
  • Cook over high heat and add a tablespoon of sea salt right when the water boils
  • Allow the potatoes to boil (about 20-25 minutes)
  • When the potatoes are halfway done, hard boil 4 eggs (10 minutes)
  • When cool, cut both the potatoes and eggs into bite sized pieces
  • In a large bowl, mix together potatoes, eggs, onion, orange slices, olives and salt cod
  • Dress with olive oil, sherry vinegar and sea salt to taste (* be careful here, as the cod itself is salty, so you may not need to add salt depending on your preferences!)
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 388.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 41.4g | Protein: 39.51g | Fat: 6.93g | Saturated Fat: 1.58g | Cholesterol: 185.12mg | Sodium: 3649.79mg | Potassium: 1655.99mg | Fiber: 6.15g | Sugar: 10.36g | Vitamin A: 433.74IU | Vitamin C: 82.4mg | Calcium: 155.58mg | Iron: 3.19mg
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Have you ever tried Malaga Salad? What did you think? Let us know in the comments section. Also, if you would like to find out about more great Spanish food, join us on a Food Tour in the city center of Malaga!


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