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By: Enrique Gili on Jan. 26, 2011, 6:50 a.m.
Nopales Salad in blue bowl

Photo: Enrique Gili

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Nopales Salad

Nopales Salad

Time estimates

Prep time: 30 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 4 to 6 palm- to hand-sized cactus pads
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium sized red onion, diced
  • 1 pickled jalapeno pepper, diced and deseeded
  • 1 avocado, halved and cubed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  1. Using a knife, carefully remove hand-sized pads from the cactus plant.
  2. Trim the top and the edges, being careful to remove spurs.
  3. Using a serrated bread knife, scrape surface of nopales to remove thorns. Cut into half-inch sections.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add salt. Add nopales strips and boil until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain, dunk in cold water and let cool.
  5. Combine remaining ingredients in a salad bowl. Add nopales. Mix well.
  6. Serve at room temperature.