Nopales Cactus Salad Recipe

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Nopales Cactus Salad Recipe

Hello! So it has been pretty hot here in California and it is all about hydration.  The prickly pear of the cactus plant is so amazing and stunning in it’s rich color as you can see there from the featured image. We are not using that portion but instead the pads shown here in the article, however I could not resist to share that picture of the prickly pear fruit.
I will say that I am very fond of cacti, especially prickly pear. There are an intelligent species. In the middle of a blazing hot desert they are sucking in any moisture that comes there way. In a desert if you were thirsty they are a smart place to look for a quenching bit of water.  They are remaining mineral rich and saturated w/ gorgeous color. They bloom beautiful flowers and continue to multiply. Aaahh the joys of awareness and the cactus. Quickly, I will just share that w/ the prickly pear portion you can do lots! Be very careful harvesting the cactus and learn about this before doing it. Also give something back to the land, perhaps a prayer, a song or another medicine offering to the cacti. You can make juice, eat it as is, make it into a fermented jun soda and so much more. It really adds beauty to any meal. And I am happy to share a recipe soon w/ this aspect of the plant.
Course Salad
Servings 3


  • The Nopales and Sprout Salad
  • 1 large container of Sunflower Sprouts
  • 1 small batch of Red Clover sprouts or sprout of choice
  • 1 good size of a nopales pad
  • 1 large heirloom tomato
  • 2 tbs Aged Basalmic Vinegar or Lemon/Lime Juice if you prefer
  • 1 large avocado
  • Solar Dried Pink Salt


First rinse your Nopales well and if you fresh harvested it obviously make sure all the prickers are removed. Next you slice it into thin strips and then cube it.  Add this to your mixing bowl along w/ all the sprouts. Chop up a large heirloom tomato and avocado. Add this. Top w/ the vinegar or lime juice and salt. Mix well. Serve and Enjoy as a refreshing medicinal part to your afternoon. I find that the wild foods have a certain intelligence that if sensitive enough you can pick up on subtle messages and its quite potent. Its healing, restorative and well …activating. Give thanks for the fruits and bounty of our earth. It’s so exciting to share with you. Love, Dodhisattva
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