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.
Ingredients

Main Course
  • 1 lb (450 g) fresh chopped nopalitos
  • 1 lb cherry tomatoes, quartered (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped red radishes
  • 1 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Special Equipment:
  • 2-quart glass or ceramic baking dish (8x8 square or 7x11 rectangular)
Directions
  • Blanch and rinse nopalitos: Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the nopalitos, return to a rolling boil and cook for 1 minute. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. Rinse with water for 1 minute.
  • Toss with remaining ingredients: Place rinsed and drained nopalitos in a bowl with the chopped tomatoes, radishes, and onion. Toss with lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Fold in cilantro.

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