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Grilled Pork Salad with Fruit Salsa and Coconut Rice

Sweet and Savory..this Grilled Pork Salad is loaded with fruit, coconut rice, and a little kick! A perfect, light and gorgeous Summer dinner!

Grilled Pork Salad with Fruit Salsa and Coconut Rice | Fabtastic Eats Have you seen any good movies lately? I feel like this year is really lacking in the movie department. I don’t think there has been any major Summer blockbusters. We haven’t seen anything worth writing home about. The few good ones we have seen, Divergent, Transcendence, were both Spring movies, and there hasn’t been a whole lot since. We love to watch movies! Any suggestions?

Grilled Pork Salad with Fruit Salsa and Coconut Rice | Fabtastic Eats Speaking of movies, if you live on this planet then you know the 50 Shades of Gray trailer was released last week, and maybe you’ve even watched it about 25 times? Or maybe that’s JUST me. But, I hate it! I love, love, looooove the books. It’s also one of my favorite genres. I know that when books are converted into movies, there is typically a little let down, because I don’t think they ever do as good as our imaginations conjure up. BUT this movie, I mean, I’m sure it was hard to get male actors for such a racy role, along with the fact that they’d be pigeonholed as Christian Grey forever, but umm…hi, Jamie Dornan has a baby face. And he is not big and buff with piercing grey eyes, and abs that my fingers would ripple over. <–books description, not mine! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Grilled Pork Salad with Fruit Salsa and Coconut Rice | Fabtastic Eats Maybe I shouldn’t be talking about this on a food blog, but I just can’t get over the casting.

PLUS did you see the Today show interview with them? Terrible. Those two have absolutely zero chemistry. And I know Anastasia is supposed to be ordinary looking, but ugh, just the casting is awful. This little gem right here is my idea of a Mr. Grey.

Regardless, they don’t care, they’ll make their money because we’ll all go see it. I have a feeling there are going to be A LOT of unhappy men on Valentines day next year! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Grilled Pork Salad with Fruit Salsa and Coconut Rice | Fabtastic Eats Let’s talk about this Grilled Pork Salad, because that’s what you’re really here for right? Not me yapping about hot men!

I looooove this meal. Every single bite is so flavorful, and juicy, and sweet, and salty. It’s like this; a kickin’ dry rubbed grilled pork on a bed of grilled romaine, topped with a fruit salsa loaded with mango’s, pineapple, apricots, tomatoes, red bell pepper, and all the good stuff in between. Then served alongside soft and fluffy coconut rice.

It’s kind ofย  tropical-like, but not totally. But it’s SO good. And light, and summery..and just please make this! Oh & p.s, mojitos are GREAT with it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Grilled Pork Salad with Fruit Salsa and Coconut Rice | Fabtastic Eats

Grilled Pork Salad with Fruit Salsa and Coconut Rice

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: Serves 4-6

Sweet and Savory..this Grilled Pork Salad is loaded with fruit, coconut rice, and a little kick! A perfect, light and gorgeous Summer dinner!


    Fruit Salsa
  • 2 mangos, cubed
  • 2 apricots, cubed
  • 1 cup cubed pineapple
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tomato, cubed
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice (I just used the juice from the can of pineapple chunks!)
  • salt & pepper
  • Coconut Rice
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 14 ounce can light coconut milk, shaken well (I use Trader Joe's brand)
  • 3/4 cup coconut water
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • For the Pork
  • 3-3 1/2 pounds pork shoulder
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-2 heads of Romaine Lettuce
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil


  1. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients for the fruit salsa and toss together. Set aside, tossing occasionally until everything else is ready.
  2. To make the rice, heat a medium sized pan over medium-high heat and add the rice, coconut milk, and coconut water. Bring to a boil, give one last stir so it's not sticking to the bottom, reduce heat to low, and cover until cooked. Usually about 40 minutes.
  3. When the rice is cooked, fluff with a fork, stir in the coconut oil, flakes, and salt and pepper. Cover until ready to serve.
  4. Meanwhile, baste the pork with the olive oil.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the cumin, chili powder, oregano, smoked paprika, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir together and rub evenly over all the pork.
  6. Preheat grill to high heat. You want to sear each side to get them cooking. So put the pork on the grill, close the lid and cook for 1 minute. Open the lid, flip, and cook for one more minute.
  7. Now lower the heat to medium. Close the lid and cook for 4-5 minutes, before flipping and cooking for another 4-5 minutes.
  8. Turn down the heat to low and cook until the internal temperature reads 145ยฐ.
  9. Remove from the grill, tent with foil, and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  10. While the pork is resting, grill up your romaine. Cut about 1-2 inches off the top of each heart, and drizzle with olive oil.
  11. Turn the heat back up to medium-high and place the lettuce across the grates, turning every 1-2 minutes until it is lightly brown on all sides.
  12. To assemble, Serve each plate with 2-3 romaine leaves, top with sliced pork and a scoop of the fruit salsa. Serve alongside the coconut rice. Enjoy!

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  • Reply Matt Robinson

    What an awesome idea, this looks amazing!!

    July 29, 2014 at 11:37 am
    • Reply Alaina

      Thanks so much Matt!

      July 31, 2014 at 10:02 pm
  • Reply Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

    Oh no words…that cast. Seriously! I was highly anticipating one drool worthy Mr Gray but I am just, left disappointed! But let’s be real, this pork is the star here. I can’t wait to dig in!

    July 30, 2014 at 2:59 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      haha I seriously look forward to all your comments! ๐Ÿ™‚ Im totally with yah, obviously…nevertheless, Im sure Ill see the movie! Thank youuuu!

      July 31, 2014 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    I came for the pork, a personal favorite and get some chat about Mr. Grey. I’m with you, Matt Bomer would have been fantastic, but Jamie Dornan is better than the SOA guy they had…but anyway, your pork looks amazing, along with the rice and fruit salsa. YUM…to the dish and to Mr. Bomer.

    July 31, 2014 at 10:21 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      hahah I agree with you, I wasn’t thrilled with the original casting either, I think no matter who they chose we probably would have been a tad disappointed..I think we all really worked him up in our heads! ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol about the yummy Matt Bomer..couldn’t agree more! Thanks for the pork love ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 1, 2014 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Des @ Life's Ambrosia

    Loving this idea so much! So much flavor going on. Perfect for summer.

    July 31, 2014 at 11:18 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Aren’t summer meals the best!? Thank youuu!

      August 1, 2014 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Nicole

    Such a colorful and healthy dinner!

    July 31, 2014 at 11:39 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      so colorful! Thank you!

      August 1, 2014 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Diane {Created by Diane}

    oh my goodness everything looks so delicious. I am now starving!!!

    August 1, 2014 at 12:52 am
    • Reply Alaina

      hah I know the feeling! Thank you!

      August 1, 2014 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Ashlee

    This sounds GLORIOUS! it looks amazing and I’m drooling just reading the ingredients!

    August 1, 2014 at 1:33 am
    • Reply Alaina

      Thank you so much Ashlee!

      August 1, 2014 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Susan @ the wimpy vegetarian

    What a perfect summer dinner!! Saving this to make for my family!

    August 2, 2014 at 12:48 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      RIght! I hope you all enjoy it, thank you!

      August 3, 2014 at 11:49 pm
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