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Southwest Salad With Pork

Nightshades may be off the menu as you follow an AIP diet and eat your way to better health. But this southwest salad is still doable. 

AIP Southwest Salad With Pork Recipe - Real Plans

Chilis and tomatoes may be off the menu as you follow an AIP diet and eat your way to better health. But this southwest salad and Tex-Mex cuisine are still doable.

The secret is to get creative. For example, switch out bell pepper with pungent and peppery radish. And instead of tomatoes, use another (slightly sweeter) fruit: Mango.

Paired with plantain chips and crispy, tangy, melt-in-your-mouth pork, you won’t even miss those nightshades. If you’re looking for a recipe for shredded pork, this Cuban Slow Cooked Pork is a good one. Just be sure to leave out non-compliant AIP spices: mustard, allspice, paprika, chili, and pepper.

Southwest Salad With Pork

  • 4.3 stars
  • 30m
  • 30m


For the meat

  • 2 limes
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil, or fat of choice
  • 1 lb shredded pork
  • 1 tsp. coarse sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder

For the dressing

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 limes
  • 13 1/2 oz coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 c cilantro
  • 2 tsp. coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 c water, plus more to thin

For the salad

  • 1 large romaine lettuce
  • 3 avocados
  • 8 green onions
  • 1 bunch radish
  • 2 mangoes
  • 2 c plantain chips


  1. For the meat: Juice and zest limes. Heat a pan over medium heat. Add fat of choice and saute meat with salt, spices, lime juice, and lime zest until meat is warmed through. Remove from heat.
  2. For the dressing: Peel and pit avocado. Peel garlic. Juice limes. Scoop the thick stuff from the top of a can of full fat coconut milk, discard the liquid, and add to food processor or blender. Combine all other dressing ingredients and process until creamy smooth. Thin with additional water to desired consistency.
  3. For the salad: Chop lettuce. Peel, pit, and slice avocados. Chop green onions. Thinly slice radishes. Peel and chop mangoes into 3/4 inch chunks.
  4. Combine salad ingredients in bowl. Add cooked meat, toss with creamy avocado dressing, top with crushed plantain chips, and enjoy!


  • 4
  • 1244
  • 40g
  • 92g
  • 25g
  • 80g
  • 34g
  • 101mg
  • 31g
  • 1582mg

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  • Super easy and tasty! So simple and fresh, nice balance of texture and flavors. Would also be great with carne asada.

  • The salad dressing really makes this. I really enjoyed the salad overall.
    Sadly, the plantains didn’t hold up. when they were straight out of the pan, they were absolutely delicious, but they got soggy SO quickly.

  • I used my own pulled pork recipe and added black olives and red onion and cucumber – YUM! The dressing is really lovely: creamy and flavorful. I will definitely make this again and try this pulled pork recipe for more limey zing.

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