Without a doubt the cactus paddle is one of the most representative ingredients of the Mexican cuisine. In fact there is a popular expression that says “more Mexican than the nopal". This saying is used due to the fact that the cactus paddle is considered an icon of the Mexican identity, to such a degree that it appears stamped on the National Emblem.
So when the cactus paddle is used to prepare a salad, one knows that such salad is going to be 100% Mexican. This salad, apart from being Mexican, is very fresh and nutritious – it is also full of colors and flavors because it is prepared with many ingredients.
*There are people that don’t like the cactus paddle salad because it is very sticky and we agree with them it is an unpleasant sensation. But don’t worry because here you will learn to prepare the cactus paddles without the sticky substance.
About the Recipe
In this recipe there are many steps to follow and it is a bit laborious but everything is easy to perform.
The recipe is given with spineless and peeled cactus paddles. Buy them in this way so you won’t get stung.
In this recipe the cactus paddles are cooked and the Mexican tradition of cooking them in a copper saucepan can be followed, in this way they won’t lose their color.
This salad is not spicy however if you want it spicy, add 1 minced serrano pepper.