Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Southwest pulled pork salad


Every now and then More frequently than I should admit (being a food blogger and all), I make a dish that I go absolutely gaga over and you're none the wiser.  It's not that I'm knowingly keeping delicious food from you.  It's merely that my brainstorming for that week's meals was a little fuzzy, and I didn't think that particularly meal would be worthy of fussing and photographing.

Like the sweet & spicy pork chops.  And the Thai mango salad.  Oops.

Sometimes, I have the bright idea to make it again and document the process-- sheer brilliance!  I diligently plan, stage, and snap step-by-step photos, and present it to you in a timely fashion.  No matter if it's the second or seventieth time I've cooked that frittata.  At last, you can make it, too.

Other times, there's an uncharacteristic lull between plating and devouring that gives my brain a little chance to wander.  "What... if... I... take a few pictures now?  And then write about it?  Yeah!  I'll do that.  And apologize while I'm at it..."

That being said, here's Monday night's dinner: a southwest pulled pork salad!

Ain't she a beauty?

All pretty and plated and ready to eat.  Truth be told, I don't feel too terrible about the lack of step-by-step photos because this is a pretty easy recipe.  Almost a non-recipe.  One can only tolerate so many pictures of a salad being assembled.  You guys are too smart to be swayed by them.  Wicked smaht.  I'm not out to insult anybody's intelligence.

So let's skip to the part about how it tastes, which is the penultimate case for why you should make this.  Ain't nobody rushing out to buy ingredients because of a well-lit slow cooker glamour shot.

It's like someone took the best dishes at a typical picnic spread and rolled them into the ultimate summer salad.  Sweet corn, cool & creamy avocado, and smoky pulled pork piled on a bed of crunchy cabbage slaw.  There's no need for dressing, thanks to the spicy pork drippings, which are loaded with savory spices.

Cool, hearty, and stick-to-your-ribs satisfying.  You'll go gaga over it, too!  ...even if there's no photographic evidence :)

One year ago: Gnocchi with zucchini, corn, goat cheese & chicken
Two years ago: Pretzel bottom Snickers blondies
Three years ago: Brown butter banana strawberry bread
Four years ago: Pastina with peas and carrots

Southwest Pulled Pork Salad
-serves 2 as salad

A few notes: There will be a considerable amount of pulled pork left after making these salads.  Cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days.  Reheat and make more salads, or use

2 pounds pork loin chops
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups green cabbage & carrot slaw mix
2/3 cup frozen corn, thawed (or kernels from 1 ear of fresh raw corn)
1 ripe avocado, diced
1/2 cup prepared salsa

Season both sides of pork chops.  Arrange in ceramic bowl of slow cooker and top with any remaining seasoning mix.  Just cover with water, top with glass lid, and cook on low for 8 hours (or on high for 4 hours). Remove lid and break apart pork with fork or wooden spoon -- it will be very tender and fall apart easily.  Turn off slow cooker but cover and allow shredded pork to rest in juices.

Meanwhile, assemble salads by dividing cabbage slaw between two plates.  Top each with half of the corn and avocado, and desired amount of pulled pork (roughly 1/2 cup).  Finish with salsa and enjoy immediately.


  1. Yuuum!!! I wonder if I can put the slow cooker outside -- it is so dang hot that even the slow cooker heats up the house. I posted something similar to this on another blog of yours and I am noticing a trend - I keep whining about the heat!

    1. If you have a porch or safe area for the Crock Pot that will ensure it isn't disturbed by hungry creatures, go for it :)

    2. LOL! I just saw the notification for this reply and I just had to laugh because I would have never thought of putting my crock pot on the porch.... but why not?!!!