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Crispy Pork Belly Salad

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Crispy Pork Belly Salad

I am having a love affair with pork these days. This crispy, crunchy salad satisfies all my needs. I don’t know if it’s the delicious smell of sin or the fact that it’s the Mr. Big of meats, but either way it’s so freaking tasty. Whatever it is I can’t get enough, but like most things, it’s all about balance. So with that in mind, I’ll continue down this road of debauchery. In moderation of course.



Time: 25 mins, Servings: 2


  • 1 Trader Joe’s pre-made pork belly
  • 1 teaspoon dry Ginger Powder
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 small jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 1 packet of Trader Joe’s seedy almond salad topper
  • ½ cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup green apple, cut into small cubes
  • ½ cup steamed broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup arugula or pre-made colorful salad mix (whatever brand or kind you prefer)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil



  1. In a shallow dish, marinate pork belly with the first five ingredients and place to the side. Meanwhile prepare the salad and dressing.
  2. Add cabbage, apples, broccoli and salad mix to a large bowl.
  3. Add soy sauce, lime juice, vinegar, fresh ginger, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and sesame oil all in a small bowl and mix with whisk.
  4. Take pork out of marinade and pat dry.
  5. Add pork to a medium pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  6. Cook pork on both sides until crispy and golden brown.
  7. Slice cooked pork belly into 1 inch chunks.
  8. Mix salad mix and dressing.
  9. Serve hot pork atop dressed salad.