Portuguese Smashed Potato Salad Recipe

Portuguese Smashed Potato Salad Recipe

This takes me back a few years when I was too small to be at the kitchen counter and had to stand on a chair to do or see anything. Back in those days it was unusual for Dad’s to cook and look after kids. I come from a very traditional European background where it was a not Dad’s job to cook but my Dad was different. He loved to cook “certain” recipes. One of which was “Smashed Portuguese Potatoes.”

Healthy Potato Salad Portuguese Style

Every year before the hot summer approached this was our thing. My Dad and I who has now passed would go out to the market to buy fresh Nugget Potatoes. It became a tradition that I still hold today after 30 years.

When I was notified of the opportunity to share my favourite BC Fresh Nugget Potato recipe with the Food Bloggers of Canada I had to submit my story.

It’s such a simple and healthy recipe but that is not why I love it, I love it because I would smash these tiny nuggets with our fists yelling out “smash!” They were hot so you had to be quick. It sounds a little dangerous but back in those days we didn’t wear seat-belts either. Smashing a hot potato was okay too and still is – if you are quick!

Potato Salad – Portuguese Style

Recipe by Lina Zussino

Simple tasty Portuguese style smashed potato salad. Perfect for a summer barbeque.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour

Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons
    Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons
    Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 whole
    Chopped onion
  • 1 pound
    BC Fresh Nugget Potato

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. First scrub and wash the potatoes clean with water. Poke potato in several places with a fork. Rub potatoes with a little olive oil and place on the middle or top rack of the oven. Cook for 1 hour, or until the potatoes are cooked through.
  2. Once cooked, place potatoes on chopping block and smash them with your fist in the center allowing potato to crumble. Place smashed potatoes into a large bowl.
  3. Place olive oil, balsamic vinegar and chopped onion into a jar and shake. Pour sauce on potatoes and stir with large wooden spoon.

Lina Zussino

Lina Zussino, is a co-founder of Grocery Alerts Canada. GroceryAlerts.ca encourages real whole foods cooking while helping Canadians save money with grocery deals and coupons.