Nopalito Salad

The pads of the prickly pear cactus, called Nopalitos, are a popular vegetable on both sides of the border. When cut up, they look like green beans, but have a tart flavor. Available in the Mexican section of many supermarkets, they're sometimes labeled natural tender cactus.


  • 2 32 oz. jars of Nopalitos
  • 4 lbs. of Pico de Gallo
  • 1/2 lb. Crumbled Casero Cheese…$1.60
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Salt


  • Add pico de gallo, a majority of the crumbled cheese, salt and toss thoroughly.
  • Place in salad bowl or in containers and top with remaining crumbled cheese.


To prepare fresh nopalitos, simply soak them in water overnight. After the water has been discarded the nopalitos should be cut into long, thin pieces (there is no need to peel them), and are then ready to be used in the recipe above