Friday, January 4, 2013

Crazypotato98's Ensalada de Nopales (Cactus Salad)

Crazypotato has been at it again with lovely cactus (nopales). Enjoy this delicious salad that she created after tasting a similar one in her local vegetarian restaurant!

The nutrition facts were created at Calorie Count!

Ensalada de Nopales (Cactus Salad)


6 cups nopales
2 tomatoes, seeded, chopped
1/8 cup cilantro, chopped
2 tsp salt
5 tbsp lime juice
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/8 tsp oregano


Boil nopales for 5 minutes or so. You may add a bit of garlic and onion to the water during boiling so as to give the nopales more flavor. You may also add salt to taste.

Remove nopales from heat; add a pinch of baking soda until all the cactus slime disappears. The soda will cause the water to fizz and bubble as it reacts with the acidic cactus slime. Rinse nopales and allow to cool enough to handle.

In a large bowl, combine cooked nopales with tomatoes, cilantro, onion, salt, and oregano. If possible, use fresh limes to squeeze the juice over the salad.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Serve cold with crackers.

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