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[Leftover] Pulled Pork Salad
with slaw / avocado / cashews + strawberries

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min

With slow-cooker pulled pork already made ahead, these fresh salads are a super simple weeknight meal. Add pickled red onion slaw, cashews and avocado for contrasting crunch and creamy textures. To make the most of fresh summer fruit, add a fruit salad with strawberries and mint on the side.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork:
  • Pork, boneless loin (sub pork shoulder or pork butt) - 1 1/2 lbs
  • Liquid smoke (opt) - 2 tsp
  • Chili powder - 2 tsp
  • Paprika, smoked - 2 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1 tsp
  • Limes - 1, zest of
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
Pickled Red Onion Slaw:
  • Onions, red - 1/2, thinly sliced
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 3 Tbsp
  • Cilantro - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Coleslaw mix - 7 oz
  • Oil, cooking - 2 tsp
  • Honey (opt) - 1/4 tsp
Pulled Pork Salad:
  • Bell peppers, red - 1, diced
  • Avocados - 1, sliced
  • Pulled pork (ingredients listed separately) - ~3 cups
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 2 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 4 Tbsp
  • Salad greens - 5 oz
  • Cashews, roasted and unsalted - 1/2 cup
  • Pickled red onion slaw (ingredients listed separately) - ~2 cups
Strawberries with Lime and Mint:
  • Mint, fresh (opt) - 6 leaves, sliced
  • Strawberries (sub any berries) - 1 pint, sliced
  • Lime juice - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 1/2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Slow cook pork - (Skip this step if pork was already made for Tuesday’s meal.) Place pork in the bowl of a slow cooker. Top with liquid smoke, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, lime zest, salt and pepper. Cook pork on low for 7 to 8 hours. (Alternatively, you can cook pork in a covered Dutch oven at 300 F / 149 C until it shreds easily, 4 to 5 hours.) (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  2. Bell peppers - Dice peppers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Pickle onions - Thinly slice onions. Combine with apple cider vinegar and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 3 days. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Cilantro - Chop cilantro. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Make slaw - Drain excess vinegar off pickled onions. Toss onions with cilantro, coleslaw mix, oil and honey (the portion for the slaw). (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  6. Mint / Strawberries - Prep as directed and combine with lime juice (the portion for the berries) and honey.
  7. Avocados - Slice avocados.

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Make

  1. If pork was made for Wednesday’s dinner and is already shredded, reheat in the microwave or in a frying pan with a splash of oil. If not pre-shredded, use forks to shred pork. (If it does not shred easily, transfer it to a cutting board and roughly chop with a knife.)
  2. Whisk together vinegar, mustard, honey (the portion for the salad) and cumin. Add oil while whisking.
  3. Assemble salads by tossing together salad greens, bell peppers and cashews with half the vinaigrette. Divide between serving plates. Top with pickled onion slaw, pulled pork and avocados. Add additional dressing at the table if you'd like. Enjoy with strawberries on the side (or save the strawberries for dessert!).

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (91)
Gluten-free (8)
Paleo (8)
Vegetarian (14)

36 reviews

Used pork butt instead of the loin based on the meat counter recommendation. First time making pulled pork and it was so juicy and delicious. I can't wait to make this again!

By: Rayna
Posted: Apr 20, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

It was good, but a little dry.

By: Cathleen
Posted: Oct 27, 2017
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Would mush avocado instead. Maybe add fruit salsa

By: Megan
Posted: Aug 25, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The paleo ingredients seemed like they'd be weird together, but i really enjoyed this.

By: Sundi
Posted: Jun 25, 2017
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Unfortunately, our pulled pork was too dry to make this work. Didn't try the pickled onion slaw, but from other reviews, it sounds like a good pairing. Also, would love to try the Strawberries with lime and mint sometime!

By: Karin
Posted: Dec 12, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This one is an absolute winner. Loved it! Made a avocado cream with my avocado, but just a personal prefernce since I don't like avocado's texture.

By: Liza
Posted: Nov 08, 2016
Diet: Original
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