Asian Pork Noodle Salad

Asian Pork Noodle Salad

Serves 3 – 4

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of pulled pork but I married someone who doesn’t care to eat the same meal twice in a row. We always have a pulled pork surplus after we slow cook our shoulder, so I freeze it in portions and dream up new ways to serve the pork on our fork.

We don’t do much entertaining these days, but my hairdresser Heather comes for dinner as often as I get my hair cut. It’s a great way to get quality time together. Anyway, last time when Heather came for dinner, it was summer and it was seriously hot. Cooking, let alone eating a hot meal was out of the question so I came up with this salad instead.

I’m not a massive fan of salad, per se, but this is one salad I can learn to love because it has pulled pork AND carbs. Don’t worry though, it’s packed with veggies too! This is our new favourite way to upcycle pulled pork, although this salad is so versatile, it would work just as well with chicken, duck or just veggies for a meat free option.  The dressing is the business too, with the chilli and the lime,  it’s all kinds of fresh and flavoursome.

It’s the perfect midweek dinner because it’s quick, easy and jam packed full of flavour… My kind of salad! Do you love salad? What do you like in yours?


200g snow peas

150g vermicelli rice noodles

250g bag beansprouts

1 bunch radishes, sliced thinly

handful of mint leaves

1 long red chilli, deseeded and thinly sliced

500g cooked pulled pork, shredded

1 lime, cut into wedges


1 small red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

juice of 1 lime

1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce

1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil

How to

  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Add the snow peas and boil for 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, scoop out the snow peas (but don’t throw away the water,) then transfer to a sieve and run under the cold tap until cool.
  2. Bring the water to the boil and cook the rice noodles as per the packet instructions.
  3. Meanwhile slice the snow peas diagnonally and heat the pulled pork, if desired.
  4. When the noodles are cooked, drain well and put in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss to combine.
  5. To make the dressing, combine all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  6. Pour dressing over salad and mix well. Serve on a platter with lime wedges to garnish.

Other info

Prep  and Cooking time: 20 minutes

Asian Pork Noodle Salad

  • merilyn

    lucky heather the hairdresser! … that looks like a great salad! … jam packed full of nutients! … good girl sammie for eating your salad!!!;))
    i’m a fan of any kind of salad because … no cooking involved! … and the healthy option too!
    I always forget to buy radishes! … on the list!
    have a good one hun! love m:)X

    • It is a great salad and I love eating it! I bet you make delicious salads too, M! I love radishes, when I went to France on a French exchange, they used to take the radishes cut a cross in the top (to about 3/4 of the way down) and then fill the cross with a bit of butter and a pinch of salt! Divine!

  • What a delicious-looking salad, Sammie! Daniel was actually just bugging me about making some more pulled pork in our new fandangled slow cooker, since we’ve only made it once so far for him, so this salad recipe comes at a good time! I bet it would be delicious with chicken too. Hurrah for the humble slow cooker, and hurrah for eating salad for dinner on weeknights too! Any night not spent slaving over the stove is a good night, IMO. Have a fantastic week Sammie. Can’t believe we’re almost at Fri-yay! 🙂

    • Oh yes, I love my slow cooker! You’re totally right, this salad would also be ace with chicken, or even just veggies. This week has gone by so fast, as has this month. How is it nearly May?!

  • I was looking forward to my toasted sandwich for lunch… but now I want this! You can have all the chocolate, I just want this. Yum!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    This looks crazy good Sammie! I’m a huge salad fan (we exist haha) and I love the fresh flavours in this! such a clever way to repurpose pulled pork too!

  • Yum so totally saving this to make at another time! Pork is a meat that I always forget about! Must remember it.

    • It’s well worth saving, it goes great with pork but would work wonderfully with chicken or beef too. Whatever floats your boat 🙂

  • Simple and light way to serve a salad. Yummy!!

  • This looks incredible, Sammie! Definitely the perfect salad to enjoy with friends or to savour on your own! 😉

  • The Purple Ladle

    Love the idea of turning pulled pork from one night into something totally different the next! very clever i think i will be stealing this idea!

  • See you can make friends with salad Sammie! It looks great and thank you so much for sharing it on YWF too. x

  • This actually looks like my perfect salad…I love those flavours! And we always have leftover pulled pork for days too…great way to use it!

  • Oh I ADORE this.
    I’m always looking at ways to fashion up my pulled pork, there are only so many burritto, burrito bowls and pulled pork overloaded jacket potatoes you can consume in a week. This is a fabulous idea hun.
    A nice twist of flavours too.
    Thanks for linking up to Your Weekly Feed to hun. xx

    • Oh yes, I have a potato related pulled pork recipe coming soon! That said, there’s a lot to love about this salad!

  • Oh. My. GOODNESS! YUM. Yuuummmmm.

  • I want this!!!! Please make me one this summer please!!! xx