May 7, 2007 Cactus Salad To clean prickly pear cactus paddles, which bristle with thorns, grip them by their base and shave off the spines with a knife held flush against the paddles. (Protect your hands with paper towels or rubber gloves.) Salad Vegetables Beans Mexican Summer No Cook Easy Recipes Green Mexico 1 Review 4.0 4 Save Recipe Print Email 5 medium cactus paddles (about 1 1⁄2 lbs.), trimmed, cleaned, and coarsely chopped2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil2–3 tbsp. fresh lime juice1 small white onion, thinly sliced1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 jalapeño, stemmed, seeded, and finely choppedSalt1 medium tomato, cored, and sliced2⁄3 cup crumbled queso1⁄4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add cactus paddles, reduce heat to medium, and boil until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain paddles and rinse; transfer to a bowl. 2. Add olive oil, lime juice, onions, garlic, jalapeño, and salt to taste; stir well. Transfer salad to a platter and top with tomatoes, crumbled queso, and fresh cilantro. Refrigerate for 1 hour. SERVES 4 Save Recipe Print Email This article was first published in Saveur in Issue #102 Subscribe now More from Saveur.com Latin American Street Food Figs Asian-Inspired Summer Meals Summer Beet Recipes Steak on the Grill Related Links Recipes Squash Blossom Quesadilla Purslane and Pork Stew Cactus Paddle Salad Dried Shrimp Cakes with Cactus Salsa Articles Removing Thorns from Cactus Paddles Ratings & Reviews (1) 4by kerrlm on 2008-03-24 i admit cheating to make this delicious salad. at wal-mart(of all places!) i buy bottled cactus in the mexican food section. what an easy salad!! Your Comments Please log in to leave a comment. Not a member yet? Sign up here. User Name * Password * Forgot your user name or password?