This the very Easy Nopales Salad- so light, healthy, economic (very cheap ingredients) and versatile because it could be served as a salad at lunch or dinner, or to accompany a nice chop, a piece of turkey or grilled chicken. The extra value: nopales have lots of fiber, vitamins, and minerals that help to get a balanced diet – quite recommended to people with diabetes, cholesterol and hypertension.
Easy Nopales Salad, So Light & Nutritious
Firstly, the Easy Nopales Salad is quite recommended to people with constipation problems or high levels of sugar in the blood, because of its fiber and nutrients. This simple fruit (yep, this is a Mexican cactus fruit) provides with Vitamin A, B, and C, sodium, potassium, among others. Its amino acids contribute to reducing toxins in our body. I’d say it has a “cleaning” effect. In addition, the nopal helps to regulate metabolism, balance digestion processing and prevent heart diseases.
For those who are looking for options to lose weight, this fruit is simply marvelous and easy to prepare at home to fix different recipes. My advise is to include it in your dinner or lunch as a salad, or a garnish to accompany a nice steak, fish or grilled chicken. Its versatility enables many combinations with other vegetables, so you could include the needed nutrients in your diet, with a filling sensation.
What I do is to fix a lot of nopales and keep them in the refrigerator, so that during the week I serve a portion during lunch or dinners.
By the way, here’s one tip for you: nopales are usually juicy (with a mucilaginous liquid). If you want to get rid of its juices, try to freeze or pass through a strainer and rinse with very cold water. Another tip is to cook them with baking soda, a tomato skin, or lemon juice.
Cultural note: the nopal juice, a mucilaginous liquid, used to be applied as a remedy to skin rashes. Believe me, it is magic!
Another recipe with Nopales? Try this one: Cactus Quesadilla
Easy Nopales Salad, So Light and Nutritious!
1/2 piece onion
1 tbsp oregano
2 tbsp olive oil
1 pinch salt
3 cups boiled nopal
1/2 cup vinegar (rice or apple cider)
1 piece chile
Slice nopales and boil them in water with salt, garlic and onion. Pass through strainer.
In the meantime, toast a chile (if you want it a little hot) on a frying pan, add onion slices (Juliene), olive oil and vinegar, with oregano and salt to taste for 5 minutes. Remove from stove, and add nopales
Put in a different container, in the refrigerator for 20 minutes
Serve and enjoy this salad! Or, a a side to accompany grilled steaks, chicken or turkey as a garnish
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