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ensalada de nopales

Ensalada de Nopales (Nopales Salad)

  • Author: Anna Rios
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Diet: Vegan


This ensalada de nopales (Nopales salad) is my all-time favorite nopales recipe! It is the perfect way to add more nutrients to your meals because there is so much flavor and culture in this recipe. Mexican food can be healthy! This ensalada de nopales proves that we can eat nutritious Mexican food while still enjoying the flavors.


  • 3 medium nopales
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 12 jalapeños
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 12 avocados
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 limes, juiced (optional)


  1. Clean and slice off all thorns on nopales. Cut the nopales around the edges to get rid of any excess thorns that may be around the edges.
  2. Dice nopales into small cubes or whichever size you’d like.
  3. Put a small pot of water to boil. Add prepped nopales with 1 tsp salt and simmer for 30 minutes until all the slimy liquid is released.
  4. While nopales are cooking, dice tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapeños and avocado. Add to a large mixing bowl
  5. Drain and rinse nopales with fresh water to remove excess slimy liquid and add to a the mixing bowl where the other veggies are.
  6. Mix in and incorporate well. Season with lime juice and salt to taste.
  7. Serve with any of your favorite Mexican dishes and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: ensalada de nopales, nopales salad, mexican salad,