Cactus Salad
(Ensalada de Nopales)

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Yields4 Servings
DifficultyBeginner

This salad is great as side for your dishes, filling for tacos or to make snack bites with tortilla chips.

You can buy the paddles fresh; they will need to be cleaned and chopped, or you can buy them in bags and ready to use. Another way you will find them is canned, if you use them like this, make sure to thoroughly rinse them.

Ingredients

 ½ lb fresh chopped cactus paddles (1/4”x1/2” pieces)
 ½ lb Roma tomatoes, (chopped)
 ½ cup chopped white onion
 2 tbsp lime juice
 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
 1 ½ tsp salt
 ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  cup chopped cilantro
 ½ cup queso fresco or feta cheese
 1 jar of Mi Cocina Salsa Verde
 1 bag of Mi Cocina Corn chip

Tip:

  • Top your grill steak tacos with this salad and salsa verde
  • Serve as a side for your dishes.
  • Spread refried beans on a tortilla, add your cactus salad and top it all with salsa verde.

Cooking Instructions

1

Fill a medium-size pot with water and add the cactus, bring it to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 mins. You are going to see some slime forming, it’s normal. If using canned cactus, skip this step.

2

Drain the cactus and rinse under cold water until de slime is gone.

3

Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix gently.

4

Layout corn chips and top with cactus salad, add more cheese and salsa verde.

5

Enjoy!

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Did You Know?

Certain cactus plants grow a fruit called prickly plant or TUNA in Mexico. They can be burgundy, green, or light orange in colour, and really sweet when ripe.

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