Nopales (Cactus) Salad

How to Make Nopales (Cactus) Salad

In order to keep the desert theme going a little longer, I’m happy to say I’m working with a guest poster today. Please give a warm welcome to my friend Jordan, she is here to share a desert-themed recipe with you today. She has a wonderful affinity for simple food and beautiful photos.

Hey guys! Jordan here from Wonder Thrills! I’m so thrilled to be able to share with you this awesome recipe that totally encompasses the desert feel. What I love about cactus (or nopales) is the look that you get when you purchase them at the store, they literally think I’m a culinary genius or something of the sort! These little guys are actually really easy to clean and cook, and they have an interesting taste that refreshes your palate, and leaves you wanting more.

Jessica has made us envious with all of her desert photos, but now you can have a taste of desert in your own kitchen!

How to Make Nopales (Cactus) Salad

(Serves 4)

1 Cactus Leaf
1 Pack of cherry tomatoes or large tomato
1 Avocado
1 Lime
1/4 Cup Queso Fresco
Bunch of Cilantro
Salt (to taste)

First, you need to clean the cactus. The best way to do this is to first rinse the cactus under cold water, lay it down on a chopping board, and careful where to place your hands, thinly slice off the bumps and/or prickers. I say careful because if you get a pricker in your hand, it feels like a splinter.

When that’s all done, thinly slice the cactus like french fries. Throw them in a frying pan with some coconut oil on medium heat. Cover, and let cook for about 3 minutes, and then uncover and continue to cook for another three. Stir them around a bit during as well just to keep the cactus from sticking. Sprinkle on some salt, and set to the side.

In a medium sized bowl, combine chopped tomato and the juice of a lime. Next add the cactus and chopped avocado. Carefully combine, and then serve in four small dishes. Top with quesco fresco and cilantro!

How to Make Nopales (Cactus) Salad

I hope you enjoy this recipe, it looks delicious! And since I live in the west, it’s right up my alley. If you’d like to learn more about Jordan, please visit her blog below.



27 thoughts on “Nopales (Cactus) Salad

  1. Had no idea that you could eat cactus, Jordan! I wonder what it tastes like – love that second picture with the black background she took.

  2. I don’t know if I’d be adventurous enough to try this or even if I could get cactus leaves in Ireland but your photography of the foods is fantastic!

  3. WHAAAT? A) I had no idea you could eat cactus and B) I am pretty sure there is no where in Canada you can buy cactus to eat hahah! This is seriously cool and I’d so be down to try it.

  4. Ah nopales… my childhood! We used to eat them in tacos quite often. I love them and love making them! I even love tortillas de nopal 🙂 They’re pretty!

  5. I was wondering how you cleaned that cactus! I’ve never heard that you could eat a cactus leaf like that, and it all looks so pretty on the plate!

  6. I’m with Chelsea – I had no idea you could eat cactus, and other than the little tiny house ones up here I don’t even know where you could buy it! I want to try it though!

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