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Nopales with orange vinaigrette

Total Time
30 min
Prep
15 min
Cook
15 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
If you can’t find nopales for this recipe, replace them with a few more bell peppers or poblano chiles. The orange vinaigrette is great tossed with any roasted or grilled vegetables.
Ingredients

cooking spray

3 spray(s)

orange zest

1 tsp, grated

fresh orange juice

3 Tbsp

uncooked shallot(s)

1 small, minced

extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp

red wine vinegar

1 Tbsp

fresh oregano

2 tsp, finely chopped

jalapeño pepper(s)

1 tsp, minced seeded

table salt

½ tsp

black pepper

¼ tsp

sliced nopales

22 oz, 4 whole, unsliced, cleaned

uncooked bell pepper(s)

2 item(s), medium, red, orange, or yellow, halved

queso cotija

4 Tbsp, crumbled (1/4 cup)

green pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

4 tsp, toasted

Instructions

  1. 1 Spray grill rack with nonstick spray. Preheat grill to medium- high heat or prepare medium-hot fire.
  2. 2 Whisk together orange zest and juice, shallot, oil, vinegar, oregano, jalapeño, salt, and black pepper in large bowl.
  3. 3 Place napales and bell peppers on grill rack; grill nopales, turning once, until tender, 8–10 minutes, and peppers, turning occasionally, until lightly charred on all sides, about 15 minutes.
  4. 4 Transfer vegetables to cutting board and cut into 1/2-inch-thick strips; add to dressing and toss to coat. Sprinkle evenly with Cotija and pepitas. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  5. Serving size: (1 cup vegetables, 1 tablespoon cheese, and 1 teaspoon pepitas)
Notes
To clean nopales, hold each one flat on a cutting board by its base. With a sharp knife at a 45-degree angle, scrape off the thorns, leaving as much of the green outer layer as possible. Repeat on the other side. Cut off the base and trim any rough edges.

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