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Nopalitos (cactus salad).jpg
Finely diced nopal cactus pads, with tomatoes, green onions, and crumbled cheese
Place of originMexico
Main ingredientsNopal
Nopal salad, with the nopal pads cut into strips

Nopalitos is a dish made with diced nopales, the naturally flat stems, called pads, of prickly pear cactus (Opuntia). They are sold fresh, bottled, or canned and less often dried. They have a light, slightly tart flavor, and a crisp, mucilaginous texture.[1] Nopalitos are often eaten with eggs as a breakfast and in salads and soups as lunch and dinner meals.[2]

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  1. ^ Brennan, Georgeanne (2013-06-07). "Nopales offer a taste of old California". SFGATE. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  2. ^ GourmetSleuth. "Nopales (Nopalitos)". Gourmet Sleuth. Retrieved 2020-10-23.