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Crunchy Pork and Rice Salad

"Cool and refreshing"—that describes this leftovers salad pretty well! It's full of cold ingredients. Prepare it as a side dish or serve it along with homemade bread as a main course. I frequently make my salad for family luncheons. That's only appropriate—the recipe was passed down to me by my mom, who got it from her mom! I'm a full-time wife and mom (plus home-school teacher!) with five sons, who range in age from 9 to 1.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8-10 servings


  • 1 head Chinese or green cabbage, shredded (about 6 cups)
  • 2 cups cubed leftover cooked pork roast
  • 1-1/2 cups leftover cooked rice
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • In a large bowl, toss together cabbage, pork, rice, peas and water chestnuts. In a small bowl, combine dressing ingredients; mix well. Pour over the salad and stir gently to mix. Chill for several hours.

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  • Grace
    Oct 31, 2020

    Very bland no Taste kept adding peppers pickles and vinegar finally made it I to a casserole with all the leftover veggies i in the fridge and leftover gravy to finish it up

  • 0828ckisslinger
    Jun 29, 2012

    my husband loves pork my kids lov rice and more inportant that they can have a nice and healthy salad we all enjoy taste of :)

  • mzardkan
    Oct 6, 2009

    Everyone at my potluck loved this salad, particularly those who love peas and water chestnuts. I didn't have any pork roast, so I diced up pork tenderloin and cooked it in butter, LOTS of garlic, salt and pepper which my son suggested.

  • FriedaG
    Mar 3, 2008

    I had some leftover roast pork and didn't know what to do with it until I ran across this recipe. It went together like a dream. My chowhounds scraped the bowl clean.