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Appetizers, Mains, Salads, Vegetarian

Sandra's Ensalada de Nopales

Sandra's Ensalada de Nopales
Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

"I get into the spirit of things," says Sandra Sanchez as she takes out red, white and green plates and unwraps a bundle of red, white and green napkins. In the family room, the table that she will fill with ... Read more

Total time: 40 minutes | Serves 12
  • 2 pounds peeled, diced nopales
  • Salt
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Juice of 1 lemon or large lime

Step 1Place the cactus in a saucepan and cover it with water. Add salt to taste. Boil 5 to 10 minutes.

Step 2Remove the pan from the heat and cool the cactus completely. Drain the cactus and place it in a salad bowl. Add the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, oregano, lemon juice and salt to taste. Mix the salad until it's well combined.

Note: You can buy nopales already peeled and cut at Latino markets.

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