Cactus and Corn Salsa Cactus and Corn Salsa! A true southwestern salsa made with nopales cactus paddles, corn, green tomatoes, onions, and chiles. How to Cut and Prepare Prickly Pears How do you cut and prepare prickly pear cactus? Carefully. Here's a step-by-step guide with photos and recipe suggestions. Nopalitos Cactus Salad Ever eat cactus? Nopalitos are so GOOD! This easy, budget-friendly salad is a classic Mexican cactus salad with chopped prickly pear cactus paddles (nopalitos), tomatoes, onions, and radishes. Nopalitos with Tomatoes and Onions Nopalitos, chopped prickly pear cactus paddles sautéed with onions, garlic, jalapeno, and tomatoes.