Summer Cactus (Nopalitos) Salad | Vegan & Oil-Free

July 13, 2018

Appetizers and Sides

By: Jasmine Briones 

An easy no-cook summer recipe that makes for the perfect appetizer or side. This cactus salad is ready in about 10 minutes, requires simple ingredients, and is vegan + gluten & oil-free! #summersalad #oilfree #glutenfree #vegan #letscook #easy #party #appetizer #side #lastminuterecipe #nocook #vegan #sweetsimplevegan #musttryvegan #10minute

I’ve been enjoying nopalito salad with my family for as long as I can remember. It was a summer staple as a kid that I always looked forward to, so I decided that it was the perfect time of year to share my dad’s recipe with you.

I know you might be thinking it sounds a bit funky, but once you dunk a tortilla chip into this dig into some for yourself, you will fall in love…and be thanking us 😉 for it.An easy no-cook summer recipe that makes for the perfect appetizer or side. This cactus salad is ready in about 10 minutes, requires simple ingredients, and is vegan + gluten & oil-free! #summersalad #oilfree #glutenfree #vegan #letscook #easy #party #appetizer #side #lastminuterecipe #nocook #vegan #sweetsimplevegan #musttryvegan #10minuteAn easy no-cook summer recipe that makes for the perfect appetizer or side. This cactus salad is ready in about 10 minutes, requires simple ingredients, and is vegan + gluten & oil-free! #summersalad #oilfree #glutenfree #vegan #letscook #easy #party #appetizer #side #lastminuterecipe #nocook #vegan #sweetsimplevegan #musttryvegan #10minuteIf you’re unfamiliar with nopalitos (or nopales), it a common name in Mexican Spanish for Opuntia cacti (commonly referred to in English as prickly pear), as well as for its pads. In this instance, it is cut and jarred with onions, cilantro, peppers, salt and vinegar, but it is also enjoyed fresh in some recipes, too!

We definitely want to experiment more with this ingredient so if you have any suggestions, leave them in the comment below!As always, make sure you tag us on Instagram, Facebook or anywhere you post your recreations of this recipe, we’d love to see them! Our handles are @sweetsimplevegan and @consciouschris 🙂

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An easy no-cook summer recipe that makes for the perfect appetizer or side. This cactus salad is ready in about 10 minutes, requires simple ingredients, and is vegan + gluten & oil-free! #summersalad #oilfree #glutenfree #vegan #letscook #easy #party #appetizer #side #lastminuterecipe #nocook #vegan #sweetsimplevegan #musttryvegan #10minute

Summer Cactus (Nopalitos) Salad


  • Author: Chris @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Description

An easy no-cook summer recipe that makes for the perfect appetizer or side. This cactus salad is ready in about 10 minutes, requires simple ingredients, and is vegan + gluten & oil-free!


Ingredients

  • 15 oz. (or 1/2 jar) of nopalitos (we used Doña Maria)
  • 3 cups lettuce, chopped
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, or about 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 cup finely diced red onion
  • 3/4 cup diced avocado, or about 1 small
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped oregano
  • 34 tablespoons lime juice
  • Salt, or to taste

Instructions

  1. Drain and rinse the cactus under cold water until most of their slimy liquid runs off. Shake off as much liquid as you can and then add it into a large bowl.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix until uniform. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  3. Enjoy on its own or with some tortilla chips.

Notes

  • The nutrition facts do not take into consideration the salt added to taste.
  • Category: Salad, Side
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free

Keywords: Nopales, Cactus, Summer, Side, Salad, Easy

Nutrition facts label provided by Nutri Fox.

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