Portuguese Salad (Salada a Portuguesa)

Vicki Butts (lazyme)


A fairly classic combination -- sweet green peppers, sun-ripened tomatoes, garlic, and cucumber, lightly dressed with oil and vinegar. It owes its unusually mellow flavor to the fact that both the peppers and tomatoes are partially roasted.

From The Food of Portugal by Jean Anderson.


★★★★★ 4 votes

15 Min
10 Min


  • 1 small
    cucumber, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 tsp
    kosher salt or coarse salt
  • 3 medium
    sweet green peppers
  • 4 large
  • 1 medium
    garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 tsp
    freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp
    cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh coriander, coarsely chopped, optional

How to Make Portuguese Salad (Salada a Portuguesa)


  1. Spread the cucumber slices out on several thicknesses of paper toweling, sprinkle evenly with the salt, top with more paper toweling, then weight down while you prepare the tomatoes and peppers. (I put a heavy chopping board on top of the cucumbers, then top it with canned goods.)
  2. Spear a pepper and turn it over a high burner flame until blackened all over; this will loosen the skin. Repeat until all peppers are blackened, bundle in paper toweling, and let stand while you roast the tomatoes.
  3. Now spear the tomatoes, one by one, and turn over the flame until the skins burst and blacken here and there -- these take much less time over the flame than the peppers.
  4. NOTE:
    If you don't have a gas range, arrange the peppers on a broiler pan, place about 4 inches from the broiler unit, and broil 2 to 3 minutes, turning often so that the skins blacken evenly. Broil the tomatoes the same way, but turn them more often and watch closely so that they aren't reduced to mush.
  5. When the peppers are cool enough to handle, peel off the blackened skins, core, seed, and cut lengthwise into strips about 3/4-inch wide; place the peppers in a large nonmetallic bowl. Peel the tomatoes, core, cut into slim wedges, and add to the peppers along with the sliced cucumber, garlic, and pepper.
  6. Toss lightly, drizzle with the olive oil, then vinegar, and toss lightly again. Add the fresh coriander, if you have it, cover, and marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.
  7. Toss lightly again and serve.
  8. This salad is superb with freshly grilled fish or chicken and also with almost any salt-cod dish.

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About Portuguese Salad (Salada a Portuguesa)

Course/Dish: Other Salads
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Portugese

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