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|GUACAMOLE SALAD WITH CACTUS |
Category: Appetizers, Salads
|2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 medium limes)
1 teaspoon acceptable vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Dash of cayenne
2 small cactus pads
1 medium avocado, peeled, seeded, and diced
2 Italian plum tomatoes, diced
1/2 small red onion, chopped
4 cups shredded iceberg lettuce (about 1/2 head
|In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, vegetable oil, garlic, chili powder, cumin, black pepper, and cayenne. Set aside.
With a vegetable peeler, shave off any stickers or eyes on the cactus pads, making sure no stickers remain. Use the peeler to remove any fibrous or dry parts of the pads. Thoroughly rinse cactus pads under cold water.
Place whole cactus pads in a pan that is fitted with a steamer rack and filled with water (to just below the rack). Bring the water to a simmer. Steam cactus pads, covered, over medium-low heat for 3 to 5 minutes, or until they reach the desired tenderness (tender-crisp is preferred for this recipe). Plunge the pads into ice-cold water to set the color and stop the cooking. With a sharp knife, cut the pads into matchstick-size strips.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the cactus pads, avocado, tomatoes, and red onion. Place shredded lettuce on four plates, divide the avocado mixture among the plates, and top with the reserved dressing.
|Contributed By: c0c0c0 on Wednesday, July 06. 2005 at 00:57:44|| |