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All Recipes, Soups & Salads / July 6, 2022

The BEST Salad you´ve Probably Never had | Ensalada Malagueña Recipe

Spain has a ton of recipes that are very unknown outside of its borders. This Ensalada Malagueña is one of them. And let me tell you, this salad is packed with the most incredible flavors, we´re talking sweet & savory goodness, it´s easy to make and it all comes together in about 30 minutes.

Ensalada Malagueña Recipe
This salad hails from the beautiful province of Malaga, where my mother was born. It´s typically served chilled on a hot summers day, but you can also serve it at room temperature. Truly, the perfect salad for any time of the year.

Ensalada Malagueña Recipe
To make this salad, I used potatoes that are a bit more waxy than starchy. That way when you boil them, they hold their shape and won´t fall apart. I used new potatoes, but you can also use yukon gold, golden delight or even red potatoes.

Ensalada Malagueña Recipe

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: As stated above, you can serve this salad once it´s made at room temperature, or add it into the fridge and serve chilled. It will hold in the fridge for up to 3 days. I used black pitted olives with is typical, but you can also use green pimento stuffed olives.

Ensalada Malagueña Recipe

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Ensalada Malagueña Recipe

Course Salad
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 393 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 1/4 lbs potatoes 1 kilogram
  • 2 cage-free organic eggs
  • 8 oz canned tuna in olive oil 220 grams
  • 1 spring onion (bulb + leaves)
  • 1 orange
  • 10 black pitted olives
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml


  1. Peel, wash & pat dry the potatoes, then cut each one into small 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) bite sized pieces, add the cut potatoes into a stock pot, fill with cold water to 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) above the potatoes, season generously with sea salt and heat with a high heat

  2. Add the eggs into a sauce pan, fill with cold water, once again to 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) above the eggs and heat with a high heat, once the water comes to a boil place a lid on the pan and turn off the heat. let the eggs sit for 11 to 12 minutes, then drain and let them cool off

  3. About 15 minutes after turning on the heat on the potatoes and they are fully cooked through (you want them cooked al dente, you can always pierce them with a toothpick to ensure they´re cooked through), drain the potatoes into a colander and set aside

  4. Meanwhile, drain the canned tuna into a sieve with a bowl underneath and flake the tuna, peel the orange and cut into 1/4 inch (.625 cm) thick slices, roughly chop the bulb from the spring onion, finely chop the leaves from the spring onion and cut the hard boiled eggs into quarters

  5. Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, transfer them into a large serving dish, all in a single layer, season with sea salt & black pepper, add the slices of orange over the potatoes, all in a single layer, add the tuna, the chopped bulb and leaves from the spring onion, the black pitted olives, the cut hard boiled eggs and drizzle with a generous portion of extra virgin olive oil, serve at room temperature or add into the fridge and served chilled, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Ensalada Malagueña Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 393 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 106mg35%
Sodium 417mg18%
Potassium 1311mg37%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 278IU6%
Vitamin C 68mg82%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    […] Spanish “ensalada malagueña”: this salad, originary from Malaga, is not very well-known outside of Spain. This recipe contains potato, salt cod or tuna, olives,extra virgin olive oil, boiled eggs, onions and oranges, which make this salad completely delicious13 […]

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  2. Sigrid

    5 stars
    Leaves from the spring onion. Spring onions do not have leaves, so what are you calling for here?

    03 . Nov . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      The leaves are the green part of the spring onion, there might be another name for them in other places, but I was always told they where called leaves 🙂 Much love

      04 . Nov . 2022
  3. Greg

    The recipie looks really refreshing.
    The best part of reading your recipies is that I can hear your enthusiastic voice from watching your YouTube channel. ( this is also the worst part. Ahahahaa).
    I am just back from a quick trip to Spain and watched so many of your videos to scope out all of the good foods available. Look forward to maki g them at home now, thanks to you.

    14 . Jul . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love!

      14 . Jul . 2022
  4. Rich

    4 stars
    The potatoes was a bit dry. What would be a good dressing of “lightly” coat the potatoes with?

    06 . Jul . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      You can add a little EVOO if you like 🙂 much love

      06 . Jul . 2022
  5. Ramya

    cant wait to make this soon for me can i use mushrooms i never had ensalada malaguena before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    06 . Jul . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya!!! Much love 🙂

      06 . Jul . 2022

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