Pork Noodle Salad

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I like pork but I’m running out of ways to cook it. In general I either pan fry it, marinade it in a sauce and then cook it in the skillet, or marinade a loin and grill it. That’s about it. I’m pretty creative with other meats but I really seem to struggle with pork. I haven’t really put it on a salad but I thought that might be tasty.

A chopped Asian salad topped with Noodles and Pork in an Asian Sauce

I marinated the pork in a simple soy based marinade. Then I took some soba noodles along with carrots, radishes, and onions and tossed them in a rice vinegar and soy sauce. I put that in the refrigerator to cool while I finished the salad.

Soy noodles on top of an Asian salad

The actually salad is simply a base of lettuce. Then you pile the cold noodle salad and hot pork on top and then sprinkle it with crunchy Asian noodles and almonds. It makes a wonderful salad and is very filling. It also looks pretty.

Enjoy a delicious and easy Asian Pork Noodle Salad with soy dressing

While it would be good with an Asian ginger dressing, I chose to make my own dressing with soy sauce, rice vinegar, and a few other ingredients. It’s a standard in our house and it goes well with this Asian salad.

A chopped Asian salad topped with Noodles and Pork in an Asian Sauce

Pork Noodle Salad

Yield: serves 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes

An Asian style salad topped with soba noodles, pork, and a tangy Asian dressing.


  • 4 ounces soba noodles
  • ¼ c. red onion, thinly sliced
  • 5 Tablespoons lime juice, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (1 pound) pork tenderloin, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • ¼ c. hot water
  • 1 c. matchstick cut carrots
  • 4 c. lettuce, cut into 1 inch slices
  • ¼ c. fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil


  1. Cook the soba noodles in boiling, salted water according to the package directions. Drain and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the red onion, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, garlic, 1 ½ tablespoons sugar, and black pepper. Mix well and then add pork. Toss.
  3. In a small bowl combine the remaining sugar and hot water. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add remaining 3 tablespoons of juice, remaining soy sauce, soba noodles, onion, carrots, lettuce, and cilantro. Toss.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add the olive oil and heat for 30 seconds. Add in the pork mixture and stir fry for 4-6 minutes.
  5. Divide lettuce mixture between 4 plates and top evenly with the pork.


Recipe adapted from Cooking Light May 2015

Asian Pork Noodle Salad

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