Spicy Pork and Cucumber Noodle Salad
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Choose fresh, firm cucumbers for this salad - they produce the crispest and most refreshing-tasting “noodles.”
cooking spray2 spray(s)
uncooked lean boneless pork chop(s)12 oz
kosher salt¼ tsp
cucumber(s)3 large, chilled (about 2 1/2 lb; see Notes), spiralized
garlic chili paste4 tsp, (See Notes)
rice vinegar1 Tbsp
low sodium soy sauce1 ½ tsp
sesame oil1 tsp
grape tomatoes1 cup(s), sliced lengthwise into thin pieces
cilantro1 cup(s), coarsely chopped
fresh mint leaves¼ cup(s), coarsely chopped
fresh lime(s)½ medium, cut into 4 wedges
- Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high. Season pork on both sides with salt; brown until cooked through, 3 minutes per side. Transfer pork to a cutting board; let rest while you prepare salad.
- In 3 batches, gently but firmly press spiralized cucumbers between 2 double layers of paper towels (or clean dish towels) to remove excess moisture (press each batch twice, using new paper towels each time, for best results); transfer noodles to a colander set over a bowl or in sink to drain more. Snip cucumber noodles with kitchen shears to shorten lengths; set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together garlic sauce, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, oil and water; set aside.
- Thinly slice pork; place in a serving bowl. Add noodles, tomatoes, cilantro, mint and dressing; gently toss to coat, season to taste (optional) and serve with lime wedges.
- Serving size: 3 oz pork and 2 c noodle salad