Veg in Cow Country

cooking (and eating) vegan and vegetarian in the midwest

Mexican Confetti Cactus Salad August 2, 2011

Filed under: Mexican,Salads,Summertime — vegincowcountry @ 11:45 pm

This recipe is the creation of my friend Donna, moderator and owner of Yahoo’s vegetarian_group: This group is so much fun – great recipes and wonderful, kind, generous, funny people. Also one of Yahoo’s Top 10 Groups — I highly recommend joining.

Depending on where you live, you might find nopales, an edible Mexican cactus, in a jar at Wal-Mart in the Mexican section. They are kind of tangy but very fresh-tasting. I have yet to make this with fresh nopales, but if you have a Mexican market near you and want to prepare them yourself, ask for “nopales limpios” — “clean nopales” (as in, cactus needles removed, and sometimes even cut into neat little strips). Here’s an interesting link to information on nopales and how to prepare fresh ones:

1 cup chopped nopales

1 cup chopped red onion

1 cup corn

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1 – 15 ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained


2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar

dash of red pepper flakes

1 or 2 squeezed garlic cloves

1/2 Tablespoon sugar

2 Tablespoon lime juice

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients; pour vinaigrette over, chill at least 1 hour.


One Response to “Mexican Confetti Cactus Salad”

  1. Donna Says:

    I’m so happy to see you love this recipe and put on your very enjoyable blog. I will be checking in often to see what’s cooking in Audrey’s kitchen.


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