Nopales Compuesto

Nopales Compuesto

Nopales Compuesto


Nopales Compuestos or cactus salad is refreshing and nutritious. It is served all over Mexico year round. It is especially good in the summer as a cool but satisfying salad. All of the mercados (markets) have multiple vendors selling nopales, and like most peasant food they are all a little bit different. This is the recipe I used when I lived in Mexico City. Let me know what you think.

This is a Whole Food Plant Based No Oil version. You won't miss the cheese or oil.

8 Servings
Preparation time
15 minutes
Cooking time
10 minutes
Total time
25 minutes
  1. Cut cactus into strips
  2. In large sauce pan with 2 cups of boiling water
  3. Add the cactus with onion, garlic, and salt
  4. Allow to cook until cactus are soft
  5. Rinse with cold water and strain
  6. In large bowl add cactus, sliced onion, cilantro, tomatoes, and stir
dethorned nopales (cactus)
dethorned nopales (cactus)

A Note on Cactus The cactus "paddles" need to be de-thorned. Using caution, scrape against the paddle with the back of a knife. Some of the spines will need to be cut out with a knife. You don't need to peel the skin. You can also buy them de-thorned at some Hispanic markets.

Nopales cut into slices
Nopales cut into slices