Also, wear thick gloves while cleaning the prickers off the cactus pad. They hurt and don't come out easy. Be sure to clean them off before chopping the cactus up.
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From a nutrition stand point: Cactus pads are high in dietary fibre, vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin K.
1) 1 cactus pad (cleaned and chopped into bite size pieces)
2) 1/2 hot house tomato (chopped)
3) 1/4 cup chopped red onion
4) 1 red pepper (chopped)
5) juice from 1/2 a lime
6) 1 tsp salt
7) 1 tbsp hot sauce
8) 1 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!