Asian Pork Salad

Before I jump into today’s recipe, I need to put a few items on the table.  First up, a quick reminder that today is the last day to enter the $100 Visa card giveaway!  Be sure to get your name in the hat.  I’ll be announcing the winner on this post tomorrow night around 8pm with the help of random.org.  And second, starting the week after Easter, I’ll be moving from three posts a week to two.  Posts will mainly be published on Tuesday and Friday with an occasional extra post thrown in for good measure.  With the growth of Mommie Cooks, it’s become increasingly difficult to keep up a three posts a week schedule and still have time left over to spend with my boys.  I love Mommie Cooks, but family time is vital and will always come first.  My hope is that dropping down to two days a week will accord me the best of both worlds; spending quality time with my family while still having the ability to participate in a community I’ve come to need and love.

UPDATE:  When all was said and done, I had 169 comments to choose from.  Thank you so much for all the support, you guys rock!  After entering the number into random.org, the winner of the $100 Visa Gift card is…… Comment number 63!!  PattyPro, congrats!  I’ll be in touch through email to get your information. :)

Enough announcements; I’m pretty sure you’re itching to cook up a little Asian salad.  I know I sure am.


Spring, for me, is about putting away the hot and hearty soups (my favorite winter food) in exchange for light and refreshing salads.  I love salads because they’re so flexible.  You can add and take away almost any ingredient you want and the result is still delicious.  Translated into weeknight dinner language, this means that I can usually scrounge my pantry and fridge to create a garden greens masterpiece without ever taking a trip to the store.

The resulting fare you see here was derived from three basic declarations:

  • I was craving Asian.
  • I had a package of veal cutlets making residence in my freezer.
  • My husband requested a light, one dish salad for that night’s dinner.

Asian + Pork + husband pleasing equals one beautiful meal (and one happy husband I might add).  The best part is, it’s super simple to make.

To whip up the marinade for the pork, you simply mix together a smattering of Asian flavors including ginger, soy, garlic and sesame oil.  Pop it in the fridge and let the flavors marry together for a an hour or two.

While your pork is getting all tasty in the fridge, grab up a second bowl and put together a quick batch of salad dressing.  Think soy, ginger, orange juice, sesame oil, and vinegar.  Delish.

For the orange juice, I used the juices from my Dole Mandarin Oranges.  Waste not want not, right?  You can use orange juice as well.

Throw the salad dressing in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble.

Once the pork is happily married, honeymooned and ready to be eaten, pull it out and pop it in your wok on high heat for 4-5 minutes or until cooked completely.

Grab whatever Asian ingredients get your tastebuds rolling; I used lettuce (of course), mandarin oranges, snow peas, carrots, broccoli, edamame, and chow mein noodles.  If I had one  on hand, I would have also included a red pepper for color and crunch.  Pop a little dressing on top and relish in a truly palate pleasing springtime salad.

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Asian Pork Salad

Total Time: 1 Hour 20 Min

Ingredients:

For the Marinade:

1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
1 Inch Piece of Ginger, Diced
1 Clove Garlic, Minced
1/8 tsp Pepper
3/4 Cup Orange Juice
1 Pound Pork Cutlets

For the Dressing:

1/4 Cup Orange Juice
1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp Powdered Ginger
1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
1 Tbsp Vinegar

For the Salad:

1 Head Lettuce
8 Ounces Cooked Edamame
12 Ounces Mandarin Oranges
4 Ounces Snow Peas
1 Carrot, Shaved
1 Cup Broccoli, Cut into Small Pieces
1 Red Pepper, Chopped
11/2 Cups Chow Mein Noodles

Directions:

For the marinade, mix together all the ingredients with the exception of the pork.

Slice the pork into 1" strips and mix into the marinade, coating completely. Cover and place in fridge for 1 to 2 hours.

After marinating, cook up in a preheated wok set to medium high heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until cooked through.

For the dressing, mix together all the listed ingredients.

Assemble salad with desired toppings including pork, edamame, mandarin oranges, snow peas, carrots, broccoli, red pepper, and chow mein noodles.

Pour dressing over the top of the salad and serve.

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22 Responses to “Asian Pork Salad”

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    Anna — April 11, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    Oh… yum. I am a huge Asian Fusion fan… Pork is gorgeous, and I think when it is in a stir fry we actually cook it properly. :0) Love the Orange, Mango is gorgeous too. Totally bookmarking this. :)

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    Melissa R — April 11, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    Family time is definitely number one!! I think we will be able to handle 2 recipes a week no problem : ) now if we go to one we are gonna have to talk…LOL!! I so look forward to your post!!

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    Jenna — April 11, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    Mmmm! This would have been the perfect meal yesterday, when we were around 90 degrees in Chicago! (on a side note, very weird weather since the high Saturday was 45 and the high today is 55 . . .)

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — April 11, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

    Yum. This is my kind of salad, bold and crunchy! Good decision–family is priority. :)

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    Mari's Cakes — April 11, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    Julie, you also do great Asian food!! I love this marinate and can’t wait to try it. Have a wonderful week : )

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    Blond Duck — April 11, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

    This looks great! And I’m totally craving the chicken fajitas you posted last week!

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    5 Star Foodie — April 11, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

    A terrific salad, the flavor profile is wonderful here, great combination.

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    rebecca — April 11, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

    lovely salad

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    Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds — April 11, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

    Looks delicious! I’m so sad when it comes to cooking anything Asian. I need a lesson or maybe I just don’t have it in me!

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    Miel Abeille — April 12, 2011 @ 12:11 am

    Julie, you remind me a little bite of Rachel Ray. So ingenious with the recipes! You take cuisines that seem like they must be complicated, and break them down so that I don’t feel overwhelmed by the attempt. Bravo!

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    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book — April 12, 2011 @ 12:28 am

    Love Asian food – your salad is fabulous – great combination of ingredients.
    :-) Mandy

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    Kristen — April 12, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    What a tasty looking salad. I love pork, oranges and salad.

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    Biren @ Roti n Rice — April 12, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    That’s a lovely salad with some of my favorite ingredients! Yes, though I enjoy blogging it is taking up some precious family time. I may also drop down to 2 posts a week instead of my current 3.

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    Rita — April 12, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    I am so happy I found you again! Another recipe that I had to print. I can hardly believe you were posting 3 times a week and going to twice with your busy little family life. I post once a week and….maybe it’s age. I just enjoy reading your blog and I have tried a few of those recipes that I printed out a long time ago.
    Rita

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    Kay, The Church Cook — April 12, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    Oooops, a day late. But no matter, just wanted to drop by and see what you are cooking lately! And I am so glad I did. This looks FABULOUS, Julie!

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — April 12, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    This looks awesome! I love salads with a little meat to them! Even if it’s not literally meat… just something that feels a little more substantial! And I love a good Asian salad, too! Have you seen Panera is now selling their Asian Ginger Dressing in grocery stores?! Sweet!!

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    anne — April 12, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    oh super yummy!! I went from 5 days of posting down to 3 and it has made a WORLD of difference and I think my posts are better for it, but I don’t feel like I am diminishing my place in the food blog world, good for you for putting first things first, anne

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    Maranda — April 12, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

    This looks amazingly delicious! I can totally understand the need to cut back posts. My site is nowhere near as big as yours but I couldn’t keep up 3 times a week. I have found that 2 times is doable and still keeps you involved. Good luck!

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    Feast on the Cheap — April 12, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    Mmm, love the flavors of this

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    Katerina — April 13, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    This is the type of salad i would like for my lunch not the only green stuff that I have to eat! What a woman does to lose a few kilos!

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    debbie — April 13, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    I love Asian food! Thanks for the recipe.

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    Ashleigh Groff — January 16, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

    Great blog post.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

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