Nopales Compuestos or cactus salad is refreshing and nutritious. It is served all over Mexico year round. It is especially good in the summer as a cool but satisfying salad. All of the mercados (markets) have multiple vendors selling nopales, and like most peasant food they are all a little bit different. This is the recipe I used when I lived in Mexico City. Let me know what you think.
This is a Whole Food Plant Based No Oil version. You won't miss the cheese or oil.
- ½ lb cactus see note
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 onion thinly sliced
- cilantro chopped
- 2 tomatoes thinly sliced
Cut cactus into strips
In large sauce pan with 2 cups of boiling water
Add the cactus with onion, garlic, and salt
Allow to cook until cactus are soft
Rinse with cold water and strain
In large bowl add cactus, sliced onion, cilantro, tomatoes, and stir
A Note on Cactus The cactus "paddles" need to be de-thorned. Using caution, scrape against the paddle with the back of a knife. Some of the spines will need to be cut out with a knife. You don't need to peel the skin.