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CACTUS SALAD : MEXICAN FOOD RECIPE

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Nopales cactus has become a cash crop in Mexico due to its growing popularity here and abroad. It has a slightly slimy texture, similar to okra; if that’s undesirable, substitute green peppers or other vegetables for the cactus.

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS FOR THIS MEXICAN FOOD

2 cups canned cactus strips
2 large red tomatoes
1⁄2 cup pitted black olives
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
4 medium-sized red radishes
1⁄4 cup olive oil
1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS

1. Drain off the water from the cactus strips. Cut the tomatoes into 1-inch pieces. Cut the black olives in half. Remove the stems from the cilantro and chop. Remove the stems and roots from the radishes and cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces. Combine these ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
2. In a small container with a cover, mix the olive oil, vinegar, garlic salt, white pepper, and cayenne pepper; shake well to mix.
3. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss until well mixed.
4. Chill before serving.

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