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Cactus Salad

Cactus salad is perfect as a light lunch on its own, as a side to any other dish or even to top up your favourite tacos. This salad is bright and zesty and it is perfect with some crunchy tortilla chips. Would you like to make it into a super healthy lunch? Mix some cooked quinoa and enjoy!

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Cactus Salad

-2 cups cactus

-½ onion, diced

-1 cup tomatoes, diced or cherry tomatoes halved

-½ cup crumbled feta cheese

-3 tbsp cilantro

-1 jalapeno, diced

-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

-lemon juice to taste

-dried oregano to taste

-salt and pepper to taste

1 Drain the cactus from all the liquids from the jar and rinse under cold water to remove any leftover brine until they are no longer slimy. Once rinsed, leave them to dry or pat dry them with paper towels.

2 In a small bowl, make a simple dressing by mixing the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and oregano. Taste and adjust seasoning. 

3 Once the cactus have drained, dice and add them to a bowl. Stir in the tomatoes, onions, cilantro and feta cheese. Drizzle the dressing and toss until everything is incorporated. 

4 Optional - Mix with cooked quinoa for a delicious, light and nutrient-packed lunch!

 

Notes

  • Cactus are a great ingredient to add to your meals! They are a very important part of Mexican cuisine. Their flavour and consistency could be compared to that of asparagus or green beans but with its own twist.
  • Cactus are often frowned upon because they can be slimy but this can be fixed by cooking them properly or as in this case, rinsed under cold water for a while. 
  • Cactus are incredibly nutritious! They are packed with vitamins and fibre and their calorie count is super low. 
  • Cactus can be cooked or grilled, even the ones that come in a jar!

 

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