June 24, 2021 3 min read

We all know salads are the best recipes for beginners in the kitchen.

With very few time of preparation and easy to get ingredients, these make the perfect appetizers for hot days when you just want a cold and tasty meal.

Solterito Arequipeño is the answer to your prayers! This dish is originally from Arequipa, a city in the southern Peruvian mountains (that’s where it gets its name). 

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Although it can have as many or as little ingredients as you like (like any other salad), there are some key ingredients that makeSolterito Arequipeño a very special dish.

First there’s the rocoto, the most typical chili pepper found in Peru; which might look innocent but actually has a very strong spice that can bring to life any recipe.

Another essential ingredient is the cheese, the freshest type of cheese that instantly shreds in between your fingers when you touch it, keep reading and find out why it’s a protagonist in theSolterito Arequipeño

The story of Solterito Arequipeño

We must say this recipe has a very unusual name and a funny (although we’re not sure true) story about how the name came up.

In Spanish, ‘soltero’ means single. Since this dish serves as an appetizer, people say guests who went single to dinner parties ate only this meal to prevent gaining weight and appearing unattractive; which would result in them staying single.

One of the main ingredients forSolterito Arequipeño is the fresh cheese, which is also commonly known as ‘solterito de queso’.

That’s probably the true origin of the recipe’s name, but it’s not as funny as the first one. 

This recipe forSolterito Arequipeño has a preparation time of 15 to 20 minutes, it has approximately 12 ingredients (depending on how many you’d like to add or remove) and it serves 4 to 6 portions. 

Ingredients for Solterito Arequipeño

  • 18 oz (1 ½ cup) of fava beans or green beans, strained and peeled
  • 9 oz (½ cup) of red onion, finely diced
  • 9 oz (1 cup) of tomato, seedless and diced 
  • 1 ½ cup of giant kernel corn, white corn or choclo, cooked 
  • 9 oz (1 cup) of fresh cheese (‘queso fresco’), diced in ½ inch cubes
  • 9 oz (1 cup) of black olives, sliced finely 
  • 2 tablespoons of parsley, chopped finely 
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of red or white wine vinegar
  • ¼ of a whole rocoto (Peruvian red chili). You can also use Rocoto paste likethis one and mix it with the salad. 
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  • Take a pot and fill it with salted water, put in on high fire.
  • Once the water is boiling place the fava beans or green beans. Let them cool for about 5 minutes and once they’re done strain them and peel them. 
  • Again, put some salter water to boil. Once the water is boiling, put the corn inside and let it cook for about 10 minutes. Once the choclo is cooked grain it to remove as many kernels as you can. Remember that if you don’t find choclo you can use regular or white corn. 
  • Chop the onion, tomato, the fresh cheese and olives. 
  • Take a bowl and toss the fava beans or green beans, red onion, tomato, the grained corn, the white fresh and mix well. 
  • Add the rocoto sauce, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Keep mixing until the ingredients are fully integrated and bathed in the seasonings. 
  • Lastly, add the chopped parsley and sliced black olives.
  • Your Solterito Arequipeño is ready! You can serve it on a bowl or over a bed of lettuce. 

As you can see, this is a super easy recipe. Like most salads or cold- served appetizers,Solterito Arequipeño can be prepared with basically any ingredients you have at hand.

It is a cheap meal that of course has many versions, some people like to add diced potatoes, hot peppers, sweet potatoes, you can even find this dish with shrimp if you’re craving a more filling meal.

This colorful salad has so many variants that you can let your imagination fly and add or take any ingredient you like, we assure you its fresh taste will still captivate you.

Let your next family barbecue be a hit thanks to the amazing taste ofSolterito Arequipeño. Make sure all your single friends eat it and know the story!