Brazilian Potato Salad Aka

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

*THIS IS AN ADOPTED RECIPE AS OF 16 AUGUST 2006.* Pronounced "mayonais-ie" this is one of my favorite food discoveries as a wife of a Brazilian. I have had this served to me at many Brasilian cook-outs, called "churrasco" in Brazil, and have had it in restaurants both in the U.S. and Brazil - This version comes from the kitchen of my wonderful mother-in-law, Dona Alvina. She uses canned corn, but the canned corn in Brazil is different (firmer?) that what I've found in the US, so I use frozen corn.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 5 -6 medium white rose potatoes (fist-size, not russet) or 5 -6 medium red potatoes, boiled in their jackets, cooled, peeled and nicely diced in 1/2 inch cubes (fist-size, not russet)
  • 1 medium apple, peeled cored and finely diced (I use Gala or Fuji)
  • 1 cup carrot, cooked till tender but not mushy, diced into small cubes
  • 1 cup frozen peas, lightly blanched and cooled
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, defrosted
  • 1 cup mayonnaise, to taste (Best Foods or Hellman's, that's what they have in Brazil)
  • 12 cup sliced pimento-stuffed green olives
  • salt and pepper, to taste (sometimes, I use Lawry's salt)


  1. Adjust the proportions as you like.
  2. Toss to combine everything but mayonnaise.
  3. Fold in mayonnaise and correct the seasonings.
  4. Garnish with whole or sliced pimento-stuffed green olives.
  5. (Prep time assumes you have already boiled and cooled the potatoes and other vegetables).


Most Helpful

this salad is sooo easy , i used frozen peas and carrots as well as frozen corn , i love the combo , ive never had potato salad this way before but its now in my rotation try this one tell your mil thanks . south american leg of quest cakepops on parade

Dienia B. August 19, 2014

I wrote a review an hour ago but forgot my star rating. I loved this salad and it went particularly well with a grilled chicken breast seasoned to the hilt. It tastes identical to the Maionese I used to eat in Brazil, at parties and churrascarias. Brigadao! This took me back instantly, very nice!

Peleguru May 12, 2009

Tried it with a mix of mayo and sour cream- don't like mayo much, and skipped on the corn. (never had it with corn, I will have to try it) and tast-y! All of your recipes are!

djunqx April 17, 2007

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