Southwestern Cactus Salad

Southwestern Cactus Salad


"A delicious spicy salad, made from tender cactus, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, cilantro, and lemons. This is hot and spicy, so beware!"


1 h 5 m servings 30 cals
Serving size has been adjusted!

Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 30 kcal
  • 2%
  • Fat:
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 8.2g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 1.7 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 131 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

On Sale

What's on sale near you.


  • Prep

  • Ready In

  1. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine cactus, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos and cilantro. Squeeze the juice from both lemons over the mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Sprinkle with garlic salt (if you'd like) and serve.
  • profile image

Your rating



  1. 28 Ratings


You might want to drain and rinse the cactus before adding it to the mix, otherwise it has a very slimy affect.

I grew up with "Nopalitos" and as another reviewer stated it important to DRAIN off & RINSE the slime. In my family we use canned sliced jalapenos and sprinkled the juice over the nopalitos t...

My family has been making this salad for years. My father doesnt like cilantro, and others not a fan of raw onions, so both are placed on the side if someone wishes to add them in. However, we...

I was in the produce department today and found fresh clean and cut cactus. So I brought some home and found this recipe -- thank goodness! I didn't think my boyfriend would like cactus (nopal...

Excellent salad! I use fresh cactus because it's healthier. Clean, dice and boil until tender. Drain & rinse, rinse, rinse! (When you run your fingers through the colander you should not feel an...

I love this stuff! I have made it for several parties and it always goes over very well. You should rinse off the cactus though, or atleast drain very well. Good stuff! Give it a try!

Ok, you absolutely HAVE to drain and rinse the cactus - straight out of the jar, they are SO salty, and unbelievably slimey. I had to rinse them 5 or 6 times before they weren't horrid. Also, th...

This has a cool fresh taste. Having used nopales in other dishes I knew to rinse before using, and used 1 clove of fresh garlic making this a great side.

Larry did not like the slime caused by the aloe. Is cactus something I should eat since I can't have aloe?