I needed to get a few Pasillas Chilies from my local Carniceria & Taqueria to cook the tacos and did notice Nopale cactus in the produce section, they looked so good the decision to make a cactus salad was a no brainer.
The cactus had just arrived and looked awesome, fresh, firm and pale green and just the right size.
The Nopal cactus or more commonly known as “Prickly Pear” has been a staple part of Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine for centuries.Cactus is a very low calorie vegetable, 3 ounces carry just 16 calories and is extremely high in fiber and vitamins especially vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K and minerals. You can say that Nopales are trending with the raw and natural food community and may be considered a super food due to its cholesterol lowering capabilities.
Nopales cactus traditionally has been used as a cure for gastric ulcers, recent studies have verified these effects. Apparently, the mucilage and fibrous material in nopales makes it inhibit the development of gastric ulcers so overall the Nopal cactus is a powerful plant that you may want to add your diet to improve the quality of your life. I love to use pickled red onions with salads or sandwiches and adding a few to the cactus is adding another twist of color, sweet-& sour and that crunch