Easy Prickly Pear Salad Dressing
The prickly pear, which is also known as cactus fig, cactus fruit or Indian fig, is edible, although you need to peel it carefully to remove the prickles before eating it or using it to make a recipe like prickly pear salad dressing, jelly, candies or beverages. Prickly pears grow in European locations which have a suitable climate, including the south of Italy, the south of France, Sicily, and the south of Portugal, Madeira, and the south of Spain, along Bulgaria’s Struma River, Corfu in Greece, Malta, and Cyprus. They also do well in the climate of Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan and various locations in the Middle East. Prickly pears are known as nopales in Mexico and they feature in various authentic Mexican food recipes.
The following salad dressing recipe calls for prickly pear puree which you can buy readymade, in addition to sugar, seasoning salt, vinegar, and salad oil. Do not use olive oil here because the flavor is too strong. A neutral-tasting salad oil is better for this prickly pear salad dressing. You can drizzle this over mixed leaves, perhaps adding some fruit like strawberries or pineapple, as well as something crunchy like nuts or croutons, to make the texture of the salad more interesting.
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
- 3 tablespoons vinegar
- ½ cup prickly pear puree
- ⅓ cup salad oil
- Mix the sugar, salt, vinegar, prickly pear puree, and salad oil together.
- Chill the prickly pear salad dressing and serve.
Prickly pear puree offers a sweet, tangy flavor, and it is perfect for making a simple salad dressing. Combined with extra-virgin olive oil or similar, along with vinegar, salt and sugar, the resulting dressing is ideal for pretty much any kind of salad. Perhaps you want to toss together some baby leaves or your favorite kind of lettuce, then add some goat’s cheese or feta, and many some nuts for crunch. The salad dressing is sweet but balanced out with a touch of vinegar so it is well-balanced instead of being too sweet.
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