30 Minute Fresh Pork & Kale Avocado Salad

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Boy, do I have a fresh, delicious, and EASY dinner recipe for you!

School has been back in session for well over a month now, and although the back-to-school craziness has died down, it is SO much more hectic now! We’ve got half days for conferences with Scarlet’s school, and fuller days for Des. Scarlet has soccer, birthday parties, and upcoming rehearsals for “The Nutcracker.” She will be starting piano lessons shortly, and Des is doing new after-school STEM play. In between school, work and play, we’re getting our Halloween costumes ready for next week!

That photo is from two years ago. I can’t tell you what we’re being this year yet! I can only tell you that Des will be something delicious, Scarlet’s costume is still in flux, Cassidy will be something truly original, and I will be unrecognizable!

I dare you to guess what I’m being for Halloween.

Hint: It’s not that! It’s something recognizable, but you won’t recognize ME!

With that said, I can’t wait to hear about all of your Halloween costumes! I also can’t wait to hear about your tasty meals this time of year. I have a real TREAT for you today, and it’s no TRICK. It’s a meal that can be cooked and prepared deliciously in 30 minutes! It has the NEW flavors of Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork in my favorite – Hardwood Smoked Bacon Cracked Black Pepper Tenderloin, and we have Cassidy’s famous Kale Avocado Salad. It has been around for several years now.

It’s as healthy as it is delicious, and as delicious as it is healthy. I love the tart, soft, and even slightly crunchy salad with the fresh flavors of the pork. Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork is the perfect meal solution for any night of the week and can be grilled, roasted, sautéed, or prepared in a slow cooker. It’s already marinated so you don’t have to prepare a glaze or a rub.

For a great bonus, leftovers can be repurposed into so many easy and tasty options for the next day! There are pork rolls with cheese, or you can scramble the pork into your eggs with cheese. Cassidy took leftovers into work today for pork sandwiches. At dinnertime, you can make pork tacos! I think you all know how much I love tacos these days.

I love the flavors with the Kale Avocado salad, which I believe we first made for a potluck not long after we all had our new babies and had many potlucks that first fall and winter. I remember quite a few people asking for the recipe.

Hardwood Smoked Bacon & Cracked Black Pepper Tenderloin can be cooked to flavor perfection in only 30 minutes! Pair it with this easy kale avocado salad.

Kale Avocado Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Kale Avocado Salad


  • 1-2 bunches of kale
  • 1-2 avocados
  • 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar - start with two tablespoons
  • Optional: ginger, garlic, black pepper, sesame seeds, etc.


  1. Wash kale, remove stems and chop into small pieces (about 1-2 inches)
  2. Mix wet ingredients in a bowl
  3. Mash avocado and toss with kale
  4. Squeeze lime juice over kale and avocado
  5. Add the soy sauce and vinegar
  6. Using your hands, firmly massage the salad - making sure the salt, the fat, and the acid are softening the raw kale and causing it to wilt
  7. Stir for a few minutes
  8. Serve that day, as avocado doesn't keep well


Make sure you really mix the salad well - even with your hands - because you want all the fats, the vinegar, and the sauce to break down the kale. There's no need to steam or wilt the kale in this recipe. The consistency will be just right!


And there it is! Dinner in 30 minutes, although you can also set it and forget it in the slow cooker. The salad is made in about ten minutes. I recommend it for all seasons of the year, and to me it tastes great with Smithfield®.

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  1. OK, so how I love that I know what you are being for Halloween and couldn’t stop smiling after reading that line. But seriously looks like the perfect and easy to make meal, too! Will have to give a try soon now 🙂

  2. Oh this looks really good. I don’t do much pork meals, this is one I might even have give a try whenever we decide to do pork, and with kale and avocado, I know it’ll be a hit.

  3. I can’t wait to see what you guys will be for Halloween. My son has decided on his costume and my daughter has two new costumes but doesn’t want to be either of them currently. We had planned on me being a clown months before the clown sightings started happening but I’m going to have to do something else now.

    1. Oh man about the clowns! That’s no fun!
      We have no cohesive theme this year. We are all four going rogue. I hope you’ll enjoy my inevitable post about it!

  4. I’m not a big fan of kale, but I love the idea of mixing it with avocado – because I do love those! This looks really yummy! And I can’t wait to see your Halloween costumes. You seriously have the best ones!

    1. Same! I thought it was public enemy #1 when I was pregnant with Scarlet. I got it back but I like it broken down in a salad, baked, or maybe mixed with something yummy!

  5. I would never have thought of kale and avocado! I don’t use much kale, mostly I use it in soups because it stands up so well to the heat. I’m surprised to see how it “cooked” down with the acid in the salad. I think I would love this! Going to share with my daughter who is really into healthy eating!

  6. I won’t lie, I will need to skip on the kale. There’s just something that scares me about kale. However adding the avocado entices me…however…it could waste a good avocado. Damnit. LOL. I’m just kidding. I’ll try anything once and it does look good. We are loving the pork though. I’d definitely give that a go! Thanks again for all these tasty recipes Mama!
    PS. Super jelly of the Tardis. My son gets a kick out of it every time!

    1. Well, that’s fair! I was so phobic of it while pregnant that I had trouble watching the show LOST because the leaves there reminded me of kale, and kale reminded me of barf. Aren’t I selling it well????
      I’m kidding. It’s good HERE. I promise. It’s not ice cream good, but it’s good.

  7. Oh man, you totally have me wondering about your Halloween costume this year! I love that you still dress up! I used to dress up every year, but I’ve kinda gotten away from it in the past year or two…just feel like I’ve been too busy to sit down and plan something out. But I need to get back to it…thanks for the inspiration! And I’m also dying to know what you’ll be! Thanks for the kale salad + pork idea…that sounds super delicious. So delicious that it might need to be dinner tonight! 🙂 #client

    1. I’m so glad you know!!
      The pork is awesome! We made one for us and then I oven roasted a second one for my husband’s work. He said they want more!!

  8. I like kale and avocado and throw them into smoothies. I think this salad would work with tofu too. I adore Halloween as an adult, but didn’t care for it as a kid. I think watching my daughter dress up is a reminder to embrace the silly! Can’t wait to see your family’s costumes.

  9. I love anything with avocado in it. I haven’t ever tried kale though to be honest. Hmmm maybe I should try to find some next time. Your food photos are soooo good!!! I’m sure those are delicious! 😉

  10. I’m excited to see what y’all will be for Halloween. I’m finally working on our costumes this weekend. #SlackPants
    This looks absolutely delicious!!

  11. I have recently been making a lot of kale salads too. It goes deliciously with avocado, bacon, tomatoes and this sesame peanut lime dressing I make. soooo good. Gotta try that pork.

  12. Omg that looks SO DELICIOUS!! Seriously, I want that exact meal on my table NOW. (I’m really hungry- maybe a bit hangry… sorry but it looks SO GOOD! I have freakin’ OATMEAL in the oven. Now how am I going to enjoy THAT after seeing THIS? Sigh…)

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