This salad made from tender young cactus is a favorite in South Texas during Lent.  Nopales are also commonly cooked with scrambled eggs, and added to breakfast tacos.  They are one of the most important native plants in our diet here.  Some people say they taste like a tart green bean, but I think they are much more similar to okra. I have a cactus next to my front porch that grows so fast it is a bit of a nuisance.  I should be eating this every day if I was trying to keep up with the growth. Make sure to pick the young bright green pads, not the larger thick ones. Use a big fork or skewer to catch them, while cutting them…