Nopalito Salsa

Healthy and easy—a great salsa for snacking or adding to just about anything!


  • 2 c diced fresh nopales, rinsed, thorns removed
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 2 jalapeños, sliced
  • c diced onion
  • 1 lemon, cut in half
  • c chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place nopales in a large pot with water and boil until tender, about 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water in a strainer and set aside.
  2. While nopales are cooking, in a medium bowl add the tomatoes, jalapeños, onion, cilantro and the juice of half a lemon. Mix lightly.
  3. Add the cooked nopales. Season with salt and pepper and serve with the other half of the lemon.
  4. Notes: Jarred nopales have too much sodium. Fresh is best! If you use the nopales that come in a jar, rinse and drain them before adding the rest of the ingredients.
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