Be it in a brioche bun or a good old Southern BBQ plate, there is nothing quite like a well-cooked pulled pork. These long shreds of meat with BBQ sauce deserves some light side dishes for the perfect all rounded meal.
If you’re about to attempt your first pulled pork recipe, it’s important that you get the right cut of meat.
The pork shoulder or the Boston butt (or pork butt) is the best cut to use due to its fat marbling and therefore doesn’t dry out during the traditional smoking process.
Just to clarify, the Boston butt is not found in the butt of the pig. Both the pork shoulder and the Boston butt comes from the shoulder of the pig, but the Boston butt is higher on the foreleg, while the pork shoulder is farther down.
You can use either cuts with bone in or out, although it is definitely much easier without.
The most popular way to make fork tender pulled pork is in a slow cooker or Dutch oven.
You can braise them with beer, slather them in BBQ sauce and have them as burgers, tacos, ragu or simply on its own.
No matter how you wish to eat it, you’ll need some light side dishes to go with the pulled pork. As it is fatty, rich and strong in flavour, a good light side dish will help cut through those flavours.
From anise tasting fennel to refreshing citrusy tangelos, we have you covered. This fantastic list of light side salads for pulled pork will have you coming back for more!
Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Pearl Couscous
A deliciously colourful salad with roasted heirloom rainbow carrots and red onions layered on top of a bed of chewy pearl couscous, fresh mint and chopped almonds. A salad that satisfies.
Easy Tomato Burrata Salad
It might be super quick to prepare but this is no ordinary Tomato Burrata Salad recipe.
Celebrating sweet juicy tomatoes layered with creamy burrata cheese, fragrant basil and tangy-sweet balsamic glaze, this is our version of the Burrata Caprese. Perfect for easy entertaining all summer long.
Ruby Grapefruit, Watermelon Panzanella Salad
Sweet juicy watermelon and zesty ruby grapefruit paired with warm olive oil toasted sourdough, this is our twist on the classic Panzanella salad that tastes fantastic at your next gathering.
This side salads is a really refreshing dish to serve up with pulled pork!
Pear and Rocket Salad with Provoletta Blue Cheese
This tangy balsamic maple glazed Pear and Rocket Salad is matched with sweet grapes and buttery roasted pecans.
All these ingredients sing in harmony with the savoury and bold Provoleta blue cheese.
Courgette Salad with Fennel and Citrus
This colourful vegan salad recipe is super easy to make and a refreshingly light side dish to share.
A bowl full of crispy shaved fennel and raw courgette ribbons tossed together with sweet, zippy citrus flavours is unbelievably YUM.
Celeriac Mango and Guava Salad
Who would have thought a knobby, ugly root vegetable, sweet tropical fruits and a nasal clearing infused dressing could be so good?
This Guava Salad is no simple flavour combination and you’ll be surprised how fantastic it tastes! Definitely a great light pulled pork side dish to serve up at your dinner party!
Gem Avocado and Watercress Salad
Need a light pulled pork side dish? Tame the peppery tousled watercress with the creaminess of the avocado and the distinct umami flavours of the ponzu salad dressing.
This Gem Avocado Salad is a crazy easy salad that can be whipped up in under 20 minutes!
Parmesan Chipotle Corn Salad with Black Beans
Smoky, earthy and salty, this Chipotle Corn Salad is accompanied by simple, fresh ingredients.
This budget friendly salad is easy to make and fantastic for those warmer months as you host a casual alfresco lunch with family and friends.
Asparagus, Roasted Onion and Balsamic Tomato Salad
With such a rich flavoured main, this light pulled pork side dish might just be what you’re after.
You would like a leafy salad but not sure how to make it dinner party worthy? We show you how to elevate those leaves with this balsamic tomato salad mixed through with sweet roasted onions and crunchy asparagus.
Radicchio, Baby Gem, Orange and Ruby Grapefruit Salad
A delectable pairing of bitter and sweet flavours on one plate. This Ruby Grapefruit Salad is fuss-free to prepare, the colours are stunning and would definitely get guests talking around the table.
This light pulled pork side dish is an excellent dinner party menu and will most certainly help to cut through the strong flavours of the BBQ sauce.
Red Quinoa Parsley Salad
This Quinoa Parsley Salad pays homage to the classic tabbouleh. A light pulled pork side salad that is both refreshing, familiar and an excellent palate cleanser in between mouthfuls.
Red Papaya Salad with Chilli Charred Corn
Eye catching Red Papaya Salad with a hit of chilli that revitalises the taste buds. Using baby gem lettuce instead of corn chips to scoop up the refreshing salad with charred corn.
This recipe makes a delicious light pulled pork side salad.
Tangelo Salad with Roasted Beetroot
Fresh and vibrant Tangelo Salad perfect for outdoor entertaining and weekday packed lunches.
We love how the juicy sweet tangelo, crunchy radishes and creamy pine nuts complement the earthy sweet roasted beetroots perfectly.
Watercress Salad with Apple and Pear
A simple, light and refreshing Watercress Salad that you can throw together in minutes, provides a welcoming contrast to heavier meals.
We adore the crunchy apple and pear with the peppery kick of the watercress together with delightful creamy mustard dressing.
Grilled Courgette and Broad Bean Salad
This Broad Bean Salad with creamy avocado dressing is the ultimate green salad.
Rich in nutrients and packed with healthy vegetables, you can have it as a bowl for lunch or as a side salad for pulled pork.
Charred Corn Avocado Salad with Roasted Red Onions
This Charred Corn Avocado Salad with Roasted Red Onions combines all the fresh flavours of summer in a salad bowl.
Sweet, smoky charred corn mixed with avocado, cherry tomatoes, roasted red onions and a lemon Dijon dressing makes it a perfect side salad for any barbecue or potluck gathering.
Tropical Mango Salad Recipe with Coconut
Colourful summer mango salad recipe that is bursting with fresh, vibrant tropical flavours.
Effortless to put together, the combination of sweet mangoes and toasted coconut flakes with a tangy lime dressing is utterly delicious.
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Wgat an awesome selection of salads to go with pulled pork! I would go for the Tropical Mango Salad with Coconut Flakes!
The Devil Wears Salad
Thank you! Yes, the mango salad is perfect for it with all the fantastic flavours!
This is one amazing collection. I absolutely love it. Everything looks beyond delicious. Can’t wait to give them all a try. Thanks for sharing all these lovely recipes.
The Devil Wears Salad
You welcome Natalie! Hope you’ll enjoy them.
Beautiful photos and some of those salads look delicious! Thrilled to try a few of these recipes. Thanks!