Big Batch Thai Pork Salad

Preparation 00:30 Cook Time 00:75 Total Time 0:30 Serves 4-6     adjust servings



For the pork

  • 2 pound pork roast (may use shoulder, loin, or sirloin)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1/2 cup water

For the dressing

  • 1/4 cup red curry paste
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey

For the salad

  • 2 small heads romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, shredded with a potato peeler
  • handful fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 red chili peppers, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons white sesame seeds, for garnish
  • 2 limes, cut into quarters


For the Pork:

  1. Set Instant Pot to 'Saute' mode and melt 2 Tablespoons of ghee in the pan. 
  2. Cut pork roast into 2 inch pieces. In a small bowl, combine salt, Chinese five spice, and garlic powder. Rub pork roast with the seasoning mixture. 
  3. Once the ghee has melted, add pork to Instant Pot and sear for 3-4 minutes per side, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. 
  4. Once pork is browned, add water, press the 'cancel' button and then press the 'manual' button and set to 75 minutes. Confirm that pressure valve is set to 'sealed.'
  5. Once 75 minutes is up, manually release the pressure by carefully setting the pressure valve to 'venting.'
  6. Add pork to large bowl and shred with two forks. 

For the dressing:

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients with a whisk until fully combined. Note: leftover dressing will keep refrigerated (stored separate from the salad) for up to 2 weeks.

For the salad:

  1. For a plate-your-own setting: plate the lettuce on a large platter next to the cucumbers, shredded carrots, cucumber slices, fresh mint, chopped cilantro, chili peppers, and lime slices. Serve along side a bowl of the shredded pork, white sesame seeds, and dressing. Encourage your guests to make a salad to their own liking!
  2. For a pre-made setting: plate the salad ingredients together and top with the shredded pork. Drizzle the dressing on top and garnish with the white sesame seeds.


Recipe Notes

 This salad makes a great make-ahead lunch option! If you plan to meal prep in this fashion, I recommend storing the salad ingredients separate from the pork and the dressing. Add everything together just before serving for the best results.

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