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Nopales Sesame Salad

 Nopales Sesame Salad
For a uniquely delicious salad, this recipe uses cactus as its main ingredient. It is so easy to toss together and will be on the table in no time at all.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 15 min.


  • 1 pound cactus pads or fresh or frozen green beans, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • Place cactus in a saucepan and cover with water; cook until
  • crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water; place
  • in a serving bowl. Combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over
  • cactus and toss to coat. Serve at room temperature. Yield: 6
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 68 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 228 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.