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Tender Cactus Salad
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Tender Cactus Salad

Cactus salad, a popular dish in Mexico, uses the fleshly leaves (also known as paddles) of the prickly pear or nopal cactus. Its flavor is somewhat similar to green beans or asparagus. Fresh cactus paddles can be found in Latin American markets or specialty product markets.
  • 20m

    prep time

  • 25m

    Cook Time

  • 71

    Calories

  • 9

    Ingredients

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Ingredients

8

(1 cup)

Servings

Instructions

  • Cut cactus paddles into 3/4-inch pieces. Rinse 2 or 3 times under running water. Place cactus and water to cover in medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer, uncovered 20 to 25 minutes or until tender-crisp. Drain. Cool slightly.

  • Place cactus in large bowl. Add tomatoes, cheese, onion, cilantro, oregano, salt and pepper; toss lightly. Add lime juice; toss to coat evenly. Cover.

  • Refrigerate at least 1 hour to blend flavors.

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