Crispy pulled pork on a bed of greens with juicy sweet corn and crunchy apples mixed with creamy coleslaw dressing!
The other day I made a batch of my three ingredients, crispy pulled pork in the instant pot, I used half to make this delicious salad, and I froze half for the meal prep win! So I have three meals frozen right now that I’m pretty proud of my chicken taco meat, my pulled pork, and dairy-free meatballs.
Full disclaimer this is actually an OLD OLD 2016 HH recipe that needed some serious TLC. Not only did it need new photos, but honestly, I changed the entire recipe. How I used to eat is different than how I eat now. Namely, I could give two flying monkey’s about the number of calories and fat in a recipe. I’m concerned with TASTE. (I’m still carb responsible and balance my meals throughout the week, but I don’t live and die by any numbers. I do live and die by taste.)
For this recipe I went with classic cookout ingredients like sweet corn, crunchy sweet apples, tri color shredded cabbage, greens, and of course my healthy coleslaw dressing for a dressing. The flavors together we’re absolutely divine! You could also add a little bit of barbecue sauce if you wanted, but I didn’t think it needed it!
How to make Pulled Pork Salad:
First make your pork! Lots of people have different ways of doing this, but as mentioned my go to method is the 3 ingredient method in the instant pot.
Then make your healthy coleslaw dressing! This recipe is just a few simple ingredients I’ve made it over 10 times this summer! It’s so easy!
Then assemble your salads and drizzle the dressing over the top. Done!
I also like to garnish with green onions. And for full transparancy, Mr. Hungry despise fruit in his salad so he removed that, but other than that he said “if I have to eat pulled pork in a salad, this is the only way I would do it.” So I guess he liked it? I liked it, so I’m posting it! ha ha
Swaps and Substitutions:
Pulled pork – you could use another pulled meat here. I don’t think chicken or turkey would be great, but pulled beef would be a nice substitute! Feel free to mix your pulled pork or beef with barbecue sauce before adding to the salad! I liked mine just crispy by itself.
Healthy coleslaw dressing – in the old recipe, I used a goat cheese dressing. I think goat cheese pairs delicious with pulled pork, but I’m a rare bird. Another good option would be store bought poppyseed dressing.
Tricolor cabbage mix – this is a blend I get at Sprouts of shredded green cabbage, purple cabbage, and carrots. You could purchase those separately and make your own blend.
Apple – I used a gala apple because I didn’t want the flavor to be too strong, just barely sweet. Feel free to skip it or use another fruit like crisp peach slices.
Sweet corn – I used sweet corn from the can. Feel free to skip!
Green onions – optional, but I don’t recommend skipping!
How to Store:
Like most salads, I don’t recommend storing this once it’s made unless you don’t mind soggy salad. If you want to prep it in advance, build your salad upside down, dressing first, then corn, then onions, then meat, then apples, cabbage, and greens on top! Try to store leftovers separately (greens separate from dressing from pork etc.)
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Pulled Pork Salad
- 1 cup crispy shredded pork
- 1 batch healthy coleslaw dressing
For the salad (ingredients listed for one salad):
- 8 cups greens I used romaine hearts
- 2 cups tricolor coleslaw mix cabbage, carrots, and purple cabbage
- 1 sliced apple I used a mandolin at the #2 setting
- 1 cup sweet corn
- 1 cup green onions
- Assemble salads with 2 cups greens, 1/2 cup tricolor coleslaw, 1/4 sliced apple, 1/4 cup sweet corn, and 1/4 cup crispy shredded pork.1 batch healthy coleslaw dressing, 8 cups greens, 2 cups tricolor coleslaw mix, 1 sliced apple, 1 cup sweet corn, 1 cup crispy shredded pork
- Top with dressing and green onion, enjoy!1 batch healthy coleslaw dressing, 1 cup green onions