Cactus Salad with Queso Fresco, or Ensalada de Nopales con Queso Fresco, is a traditional Mexican food recipe. It’s simple, delicious, and good-for-you too. By Mama Maggie’s Kitchen
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Cactus Salad with Queso Fresco (or Ensalada de Nopales con Queso Fresco)

This salad is for the novice cactus eater. Cactus Salad with Queso Fresco is a classic Mexican dish. Healthy, easy-to-make, and yummy too!
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Author: Maggie Unzueta


  • 1 to mato diced
  • ¼ onion diced
  • ¼ cup of cilantro chopped
  • 2 cups cooked cactus sliced or diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • ½ teaspoon of dried oregano
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • cup Queso fresco crumbled


  • Mix the tomato, onion, cilantro, cactus in a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, mix olive oil, lime, oregano, and salt.
  • Add the dressing to the cactus mixture.
  • Mix well.
  • Let sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • No more than 24 hours.
  • Mix in queso fresco right before serving.
  • Enjoy!