Nopales Salad

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Karen Hursh Graber


  • 1 kilo (2.2 lbs.) of cactus (nopal) paddles
  • 1 onion – halved
  • 4 C. water
  • 2 Tbsp. salt
  • 2 large tomatoes – chopped
  • 1 large onion – chopped
  • 4 green chiles – chopped

How to Prepare:

If the nopales you buy do not already have the thorns removed, do so carefully. I recommend using gloves and a potato peeler to do this.

Once you have removed all thorns, wash and chop the nopales, place in a pan with water, halved onion and salt and bring to a boil. Simmer for 45 minutes.

Drain nopales and add remaining three ingredients. Taste for seasoning and add additional salt if necessary.

Published or Updated on: January 1, 2003 by Karen Hursh Graber © 2008
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