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RECIPE: Maple Pork Salad

This is a great summer salad recipe, paleo or not! It has something for everyone and add some bacon for a punch of flavor. Cheeky Chive’s mixture of grilled pork chops and fresh fruit and greens is one to delight any picnic, BBQ, or dinner table.

Maple Pork Salad


  • 1 lb. pork chops
  • ½ lb. bacon (optional)
  • 4 cup spinach
  • 3 cup kale
  • 2 — pears (cubed)
  • ½ — pineapple (sliced into rings)
  • 1 — avocado (cut up)
  • 1 cup pea shoots (optional)
  • Dressing
  • ¼ cup red onion (diced)
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar (may need to add T. extra)
  • 2 ½ T. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. dry mustard
  • 3 T. maple syrup


  • Fry the red onion and combine all the dressing ingredients (red onion to maple syrup) in a bowl.
  • Remove 3 T. of the dressing and marinate pork in a Ziploc while you proceed.
  • Prepare the bacon if you are using it and crumble.
  • Prepare kale and spinach and place in large serving bowl.
  • Cut up the fruit and place pear and avocado on the greens.
  • Cook your pork (I like to grill it) and when finished cut into medallions.
  • Grill the pineapple or serve cold on the salad.
  • Pour the remaining dressing over the salad and mix well.
  • Place pork medallions on the top and serve – garnish with pea shoots if available.


Yields:4 servings        Prep Time:30 minutes        Cook Time:8-10 minutes (grilling)          Total Time:40 minutes

Original Recipe: Cheeky Chive Paleo Pork Salad

Let’s be honest, this recipe is screaming to add some Edwards bacon!



Sammy Edwards is Digital Marketing Manager for Edwards Virginia Smokehouse. He writes, films and prefers Peppered Bacon on the weekends.