Healthy prickly pear and chia salad dressing

Healthy Prickly Pear and Chia Salad Dressing

A healthy, easy recipe for prickly pear (tuna) and chia seed vinaigrette. This luscious, creamy salad dressing is not only beautiful but it's packed with antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C. 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword creamy dressing, easy lunch recipe, homemade salad dressing, prickly pear recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 628 kcal
Author Michele Peterson


  • 3 pink prickly pears also known as tuna or cactus pears
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 5 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 small red onion
  • 1/4 cup toasted pepitoria shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 3 cups shredded lettuce greens
  • salt and pepper to taste
US Customary - Metric


  1. Wearing gloves, wash the prickly pears (soak in Microdyne solution if you're in Latin America). 

  2. Cut the ends off the prickly pears, make several cuts diagonally in the skin and then peel. 

  3. Place the pulp in a blender and blend briefly. Place the pulp in a strainer and remove the black seeds. Return the prickly pear pulp to the blender. 

  4. Add the mustard, salt and pepper, oil and red wine vinegar to the blender.
  5. Blend for 2 minutes.
  6. Add the chia seeds into the blended pulp and oil-vinegar mixture

  7. You can add a teaspoon or two of purified water if the dressing is too thick. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  8. Arrange the greens and slivered red onion on a plate and then top with pepitoria (raw peeled pumpkin seeds) lightly toasted in a dry frying pan or comal.

  9. Serve the prickly pear and chia salad dressing on top of the greens with extra on the side.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Prickly Pear and Chia Salad Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 628 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Fat 46g71%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Sodium 69mg3%
Potassium 647mg18%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 14g58%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 610IU12%
Vitamin C 15.5mg19%
Calcium 127mg13%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.