Updated: Mar 23, 2022
Known to few, the fruit of the nopales cactus (cacti with beaver tail-like paddles), are actually quite edible. Called prickly pears, these neon fruits provide delicious juice that tastes like a cross between all-natural bubble gum and watermelon. The juice from the prickly pear is often used to make jam or candy, but can also be used in cocktails and used in vinaigrettes for salads.
The juice from prickly pears can also be used to flavor cream cheese frosting for a lime flavored cupcake, and have seen others boil cactus pear down with a bit of orange and lemon juice to make a sauce for fruit salads and cheesecakes.
This summer salad recipe is colorful and refreshing
2 prickly pears, wedged
1 orange, wedged
1/4 of a medium white onion very thinly sliced
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped loosely
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Peel pears and oranges and cut into wedges. Chop mint, and slice onion,
Toss ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl.
Whisk together honey and olive oil until well combined, drizzle on top.