Tall, crunchy and proud looking cactus fries, great dipped in a spicy ancho chili dip. The salad is fresh tasting and bursting with flavor, coupled with the awesome fiber content made this a really healthy salad.
For the cactus fries, take the thorns out of the cactus leaves and rinse underwater.
Cut into french fries shapes and blanch in a pot of boiling water (about 4 minutes). Drain and cool.
Fill a pan with the oil about 2 inches deep and bring to 350F. Dredge each "french fry" in the flour and then the egg and finally the panko.
Drop gently into the hot oil and fry for about 5 minutes or until nice and golden.
Drain on a paper towel and season with sea salt and black pepper.
For the ancho chili dip, combine the mayo, ancho chili powder, paprika and hot sauce. Mix well and chill.
For the salad, prepare the leaves as for the fries but cut into small 1 inch squares. Blanch for 4 minutes, rinse and cool.
Prepare all the other ingredients and mix together in a bowl. Add the chopped squares of cactus to the bowl when cool and marinade in the fridge for about an hour. Sprinkle with some more cheese just before serving.