Slow Cooker Chopped Chinese Pork Salad–pork loin is cooked until tender in your slow cooker and then tossed with shredded cabbage, cilantro, green onions, cashews, quinoa and a homemade sesame dressing. This is a perfect summer recipe and it can be made ahead of time.
Slow Cooker Chopped Chinese Pork Salad
It’s that time of year when fresh produce abounds and eating a colorful diet becomes a bit easier. This Slow Cooker Chopped Chinese Pork Salad is a great choice for a summer supper or you can bring it to a potluck or barbecue. It’s a healthy and delicious dish that we all scarfed down at my house! I especially loved the addition of quinoa to the salad as it gave me the feeling that I was eating a rice bowl at an Asian restaurant.
You’ll start this recipe with pork loin roast. I quartered mine and threw it in the slow cooker along with soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic powder, ginger, brown sugar and Chinese 5 spice powder. I cooked my pork low and slow all day long. It turned out perfectly tender. While the pork is cooking you’ll prepare the quinoa. You’ll also chop up all the goods for the salad…cabbage, carrots, green onions, cilantro. And finally prepare the dressing. After the pork has cooked you can toss all the ingredients into one big bowl and enjoy!
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Pork loin is cooked until tender in your slow cooker and then tossed with shredded cabbage, cilantro, green onions, cashews, quinoa and a homemade sesame dressing. This is a perfect summer recipe and it can be made ahead of time.
For the pork:
- 2 lbs pork loin, quartered
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup tamari or low sodium soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
- 1/2 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
For the Salad
- 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
- 1 lb shredded or chopped cabbage (I used 3/4 green cabbage and 1/4 purple cabbage)
- 1 large carrot, grated or chopped
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1/3 cup cashews, chopped
- 2 Tbsp Tamari sunflower seeds (optional)
- 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
For the dressing
- 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tsp rice vinegar
- 1 1/2 tsp sesame seeds
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- Make the pork: place the quartered pork in the bottom of slow cooker. In a small bowl combine the water, tamari, sesame oil, garlic powder, ginger, Chinese 5 spice powder and brown sugar. Stir until smooth. Pour over the meat. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
- Prepare salad ingredients: If you aren’t serving right away read below for “if serving later” directions. While the pork is cooking chop up everything for the salad and place in a large bowl. If you need to cook the quinoa, you can do that now.
- Prepare the dressing: Whisk all of the salad dressing ingredients together and set aside.
- If serving immediately: Toss the pork and the dressing in with the salad and toss until dressing coats the cabbage. Serve. If serving later: you’ll want to keep things separated. Leave the cashews and sunflower seeds out of the cabbage mixture until right before serving. Don’t add in the quinoa or pork until right before serving. When ready to eat, toss everything together with the salad dressing.
For this Slow Cooker Chopped Chinese Pork Salad recipe I used my 6 quart oval Kitchenaid slow cooker. I love this slow cooker (you can see me talking about it in a video here). It cooks low and evenly. I love the medium heat choice because most slow cookers that I’ve seen only have the option of cooking on low or high. If you’re going to buy just one slow cooker, this is the one that I recommend.
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The salad before I added the pork and quinoa…