Several years ago on a family outing our son, a preteen at the time, fell. As he reached out to break his fall his hand landed on a Prickly Pear Cactus. It was a sad occasion but we decided to try and have some fun with it. So, when I found out about a recipe for a salsa that incorporates cactus, nopalitos, we decided to try it. Over the years the recipe has changed a little to our personal tastes.
(Here is a hint on how to remove the tiny hairlike cactus needles from your skin. We used this and it did a pretty good job.)
1 jar nopalitos, rinced and diced
1 small Onion, diced
1 1/2 pound Tomatoes, peeled & diced
4 tablespoons Cilantro, chopped
4 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
3 limes, Juiced
3 tablespoon Vinegar
2 teaspoon Dried oregano
4 ounces Feta cheese
1 Jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (or more if desired)
3 clove Garlic, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
In large bowl, combine all ingredients. Stir well.
Marinate in refrigerator for three hours.
If thicker texture is desired, add 1-2 tablespoons of flour or masa.
Stir well, and serve with blue corn tortilla chips.