If you never had nopales, don’t let the fact that they are pieces of cactus leaves scare you! They are really delicious and a super food due to high levels antioxidants, their cholesterol-reducing properties and their high levels of vitamin C, magnesium and calcium.
In Mexico, nopales are usually cooked from scratch we offer them pickled in a jar (spines and skin removed). So much of the work is already done! Try this fresh salad recipe as a first introduction:
1 Jar Nopales
1 Small Onion. Finely Chopped.
2 Tomatoes. Finely Chopped.
1 Handful of Fresh Coriander. Finely Chopped.
Juice of 1 Lemon
3 Tbs Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
1. Place the nopales into a colander and rinse well. The brine that they come in is slightly slimy (like you would see with okra).
2. Roughly chop the rinsed nopales.
3. Place nopales in a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients, toss and serve.
4. You can also add chopped avocado and grated feta cheese for a more substantial dish.