Salad/ Side Dishes

AUTHENTIC MEXICAN CACTUS SALAD (ENSALADA DE NOPALES)

AUTHENTIC MEXICAN CACTUS SALAD (ENSALADA DE NOPALES)

The Bossy Kitchen
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Course Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Pot With Lid
  • Salad Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 4 medium cactus leaves cleaned of spines
  • 3 fresh medium tomatoes diced
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • 1 bunch of cilantro chopped
  • juice from 1 lime
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Queso Anejo or queso cotija or Feta

Instructions
 

1

  • Clean the cactus leaves of spines and wash them very well.

2

  • Slice the nopales thin and put them in a pot with water to cover them. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt.

3

  • Cook the leaves on medium high heat until tender, for about 15-20 minutes.

4

  • Meanwhile, chop the green onions, tomatoes and cilantro. Set them aside.

5

  • When nopales are cooked, remove them from the stove, drain the water and place the vegetables in cold icy water. When cool, use them for the salad.

6

  • In a salad bowl, place the cactus leaves, onion, tomatoes, cilantro and dried Mexican oregano.

7

  • Squeeze the juice of the lime over the salad. Add oil. Taste for salt and pepper and mix everything together.

8

  • Sprinkle crumbled cheese over and serve.

9

  • It goes very well with grilled meat, cooked beans, in eggs, tacos etc.
Keyword Canned Tomatoes, cilantro, Nopales
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