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    Cactus Salad With Avocado Dressing- Nopales

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    Total Time:

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    27 mins

    20 mins

    7 mins

    cookiedog's Note:

    This makes a nice side for traditional Mexican dishes. It is much different than the usual nopales salad because it takes on the flavor of the avocado. I even ate this for breakfast with a tostada shell! You can prepare the nopales ahead but don't make the dressing too far in advanced because it may discolor. I also kept it healthier by leaving out the chicharron. From Fresh Mexico by By Marcella Valladolid.

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    1. 1
      Combine the onion, garlic, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 4 cups water in a large heavy saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the cactus and boil for 7 minutes, or until tender and no longer bright green. Strain the cactus and discard the onion and garlic. Cool completely. (The cactus can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.).
    2. 2
      Put the avocado, cilantro leaves, olive oil, serrano chile, vinegar, and 2 tablespoons water in a blender. Blend until very smooth (the dressing will be thick). Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
    3. 3
      Transfer the cactus to a large bowl and add the tomatoes, queso fresco, scallions, and chopped cilantro. Toss to combine. Add enough dressing to coat, and toss gently. Divide the salad among 4 plates, and top each serving with chicharones if desired.

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    Nutritional Facts for Cactus Salad With Avocado Dressing- Nopales

    Serving Size: 1 (277 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 211.8
    Calories from Fat 159
    Total Fat 17.7 g
    Saturated Fat 2.5 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 43.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 13.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.9 g
    Sugars 3.4 g
    Protein 3.8 g

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