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Spicy Pork Salad

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: 20 minutes
    •    Cook time: 10 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 6


    •   3 tbsps vegetable oil, divided
    •   1 garlic clove, finely chopped
    •   4 teaspoons hot chili paste (such as sambal oelek), divided
    •   1 pound ground pork
    •   2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
    •   1/2 cup fresh lime juice (3-4 limes)
    •   2 tablespoons fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)
    •   1 tablespoon (packed) light brown sugar
    •   1 small red onion, half finely chopped, half sliced
    •   2 cups (packed) fresh mint leaves, 1 cup chopped
    •   1 head of butter lettuce, leaves separated
    •   1 English hothouse cucumber, thinly sliced


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and 2 teaspoons chili paste. Cook, stirring constantly, until garlic is softened, about 1 minute. Add pork and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until pork is cooked through, 6-8 minutes. Transfer pork mixture to a plate and let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk lime zest, lime juice, fish sauce, brown sugar, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, and remaining 2 teaspoons chili paste in a small bowl to combine.
  3. Combine chopped onion, chopped mint, and half of dressing in a medium bowl. Add pork mixture and toss to combine. Toss lettuce, cucumber, sliced onion, whole mint leaves, and remaining dressing in a large bowl. Arrange salad and pork on a platter.

This great family recipe is thanks to Bon Appetit Recipes at


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