Refreshing Nopalito salad with tomatoes

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Ingredients for 4 Persons:


4 medium tomatoes - 600 g

1 white onion

1 glass Nopales en escabeche (340 g)

or 400 g fresh Nopal Cactus

1 half a bunch fresh coriander

2 limes





Wash the tomatoes, remove the skin

(30 seconds immerse in boiling water and cool

in ice water, then remove the skin).


Cut the tomatoes into slices.

Peel the onion and cut into thin rings.


If you use fresh nopales:

Nopales cut into large strips and cook them shortly

in salt water. The cooking time is similar to green beans.




Place the tomato, the onions and the Nopales next to each other on a plate, prepare a simple vinaigrette with fresh coriander leaves and pour it over the salad.

Garnish with some more fresh coriander and serve.


Did you know?


The Nopales or Prickly Pear Cactus is one of the plants with the most medicinal characteristics. Besides being a great source of fiber, calcium, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, it contains elements that help maintaining in two ways: the helping elements make the intestine work much better and it has a blood-cleansing function, plus it is one of the best natural resources to treat and prevent diabetes and hypoglycemia, because the cactus increases the insulin sensitivity, which balances out the sugar level in the blood, preventing this from accumulating bad fat in the body, causing overweight and other health problems.

Nopal is a cactus plant usually green and oval. It has different sizes depending on the type, and its skin is covered with thorns. It grows wild in desert regions. Nopales plays an important ecological role, as it keeps the degradation of deforested land, infertile soil can become so in fertile soil.