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Salsa Verde Paleo Pulled Pork Casserole (Whole30, Low Carb)

This Salsa Verde Paleo Pulled Pork Casserole is a great way to use up leftover pulled pork, and you’ll love how flavorful and delicious it is! It’s also low carb and Whole30 friendly.

Salsa Verde Paleo Pulled Pork Casserole

Ever since I made an endless amount of Instant Pot Pulled Pork with Dry Rub, I’ve been using the leftovers in all ways possible. It’s super yummy, but I can only eat so many pulled pork salads and tacos in a week, and I honestly don’t want to freeze any because we’ll be moving soon.

So to change up the flavors and make the leftovers a bit more exciting, I made this Salsa Verde Paleo Pulled Pork Casserole and I couldn’t be happier with the result.

Salsa Verde Paleo Pulled Pork Casserole Recipe

In this yummy recipe, pulled pork is combined with cooked cauliflower rice, then baked in a delicious and creamy salsa verde sauce to create a comforting and spicy casserole. If you don’t really like spicy flavors, you can use mild salsa verde instead and omit the optional jalapeño slices.

The eggs used in the sauce binds everything together so you don’t need to worry about having a watery casserole, which I get annoyed with when that happens. I like my casseroles thick and not falling apart when I’m serving it, thank you very much.

Salsa Verde Paleo Pulled Pork Casserole

Salsa Verde Paleo Pulled Pork Casserole

Other Add-in Options for This Recipe

This Salsa Verde Paleo Pulled Pork can be easily customized if you want to add other ingredients or make substitutions. You can always use shredded chicken for the protein instead of pork.

I think red bell peppers and chopped tomatoes are great too add in if you are looking to up your vegetable intake. If you love spicy food, you can even stir in chopped jalapeño peppers or additional hot sauce to the sauce mixture. If you can handle dairy (lucky you!), some high-quality cheese will also make it seriously delicious.

There are so many ways to switch up this dish to fit your liking, but if you don’t want to experiment, you’ll love the original recipe because it has a ton of flavors and textures that you won’t mind eating it all week!

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Salsa Verde Paleo Pulled Pork Casserole (Whole30, Low Carb)

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 347 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This Salsa Verde Paleo Pulled Pork Casserole is a great way to use up leftover pulled pork, and you'll love how flavorful and delicious it is! It's also low carb and Whole30 friendly.

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower or 4 cups of pre-riced cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 cups leftover pulled pork preferably minimally seasoned
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa verde
  • 1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp tapioca starch
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • Optional: Sliced jalapeño peppers, sliced avocado, and/or cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8x8 baking dish.

  2. If your cauliflower isn't riced, quarter the head of cauliflower and remove the stems. Grate the florets with a box grater, or place the florets in a food processor and process into small crumbles that resemble rice.

  3. Heat coconut oil or ghee in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes.

  4. Add cauliflower rice and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.

  5. Turn off heat and add in pulled pork. Stir together.

  6. Transfer the cauliflower and pulled pork mixture into the prepared baking dish.

  7. In a separate bowl, whisk together salsa verde, coconut milk, nutritional yeast, tapioca starch, eggs, cumin, salt, and pepper.

  8. Pour over the cauliflower rice and mix well.

  9. Bake for 1 hour.

  10. Remove from oven and let it cool with 10 minutes.

  11. If using, top with jalapeño peppers, avocado slices, and/or cilantro before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Salsa Verde Paleo Pulled Pork Casserole (Whole30, Low Carb)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 161mg 54%
Sodium 1014mg 42%
Potassium 906mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 7g
Protein 34g 68%
Vitamin A 13%
Vitamin C 22.8%
Calcium 4.7%
Iron 13.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Egg Free Cauliflower Potato Salad (Paleo, Vegan, Whole30, Keto)

If you are looking for a low carb way to enjoy your potato salad, look no further than this Cauliflower Potato Salad (or “fauxtato” salad). Not only is this paleo, Whole30, and keto-friendly, it’s egg free and vegan, made with creamy cashew sauce! 

Egg Free Cauliflower Potato Salad

As the weather warms up, I’m thinking of all the summer friendly recipes for BBQs, picnics, and get-togethers. Grilled food is always a favorite among crowds, but I also love make-ahead salads and side dishes that really pull the party together. One of my favorite dishes is a yummy potato salad, which is why I created this Egg Free Cauliflower Potato Salad, or also called “fauxtato” salad.

Egg Free Cauliflower Potato Salad Recipe

There’s no potato in this salad, and cauliflower florets are used instead. But before you roll your eyes, I urge you to try it first! My husband, who is a potato lover, couldn’t tell that it was made with cauliflower, and when he first tasted it, he just said, “Mmmm, this is really good potato salad.” No joke.

Also, there are no eggs or mayo in this cauliflower potato salad, and the dressing is made with a creamy and decadent cashew sauce. It’s a great one for any kind of potlucks or get-togethers because it fits under so many food restrictions. It’s paleo, low carb, Whole30, gluten-free, and vegan, and even kids will go crazy over this dish, so make sure to make a giant batch!

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Tips For Making This Cauliflower Potato Salad

  • Use raw cashews for the sauce. Roasted cashews won’t be as creamy when blended.
  • The longer this salad sits, the better it tastes! I like to make it a day ahead so the flavors have enough time to meld together.
  • Feel free to adjust the spices depending on your taste preferences. I really love the vinegary taste in potato salads, but you can scale back on the apple cider vinegar if you aren’t a big fan like me.
  • Double the recipe because it’ll be gone in no time!

I guest posted this Egg Free Cauliflower Potato Salad on Adrienne Urban’s blog, Whole New Mom, so go check it out there. I hope you love it as much as I do!:

CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE!

Egg Free Cauliflower Potato Salad

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub (Paleo, Low Carb, Keto)

This Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub is full of flavor and easy to make, and you can repurpose it to use in a variety of ways! It’s also paleo, low carb, and keto-friendly.Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork

Anyone else loving that it’s June?? Summer is my MF-in’ season, and I’m so happy that we are inching closer to it. I always say June is the Friday of the months because you have all the anticipation and excitement of the sunshine, bathing suits, and beach adventures, without the anxiety and sadness that summer’s almost over.

I know not everyone feels the same way and a ton of people love the Fall, but I guess that why I live in Southern California! Anyway, let’s talk about this Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork because it’s pretty dang delicious, and we’ve been repurposing it in so many different ways all week.

I do have an old post of another pulled pork recipe with a yummy barbecue sauce made in the slow cooker so go check that one out if you like saucy pulled pork. Just a warning: it has some pretty horrendous photos from when I was a beginner blogger. I’m working on updating them soon!

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Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub Recipe

This Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork uses dry rub that’s added on after the pork is cooked because I’ve found that most of the flavor gets lost if you cook with the spices on the pork. Adding them on afterward helps bring out the flavor more and also lets you be a bit more flexible with them as well, depending on how salty, spicy, or sweet you want it.

I like to use bone-in pork shoulder because I find that the meat tastes so much better cooked with the bone, but a boneless cut will work as well. The cooking process is easy peasy and you just let the Instant Pot do all the work, as it simmers the pork in a delicious combination of pineapple juice and apple cider vinegar.

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork

Ways to Enjoy Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork

This recipe is so tasty just alone with some yummy sides like my Simple Paleo Coleslaw or Paleo Asian Coleslaw. But if you want to be more creative, here are some other ways that we’ve been enjoying this Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork:

  • In salads
  • In tacos wrapped in grain-free tortillas
  • In fried cauliflower rice
  • In taquitos
  • In burrito bowls
  • As a topping on pizza
  • Over eggs
  • In breakfast hash
  • Stuffed in sweet potatoes
  • Wrapped in lettuce wraps
  • Over nachos
  • …and so much more!

How would you enjoy your leftover pulled pork?

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub (Paleo, Low Carb, Keto)

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 294 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub is full of flavor and easy to make, and you can repurpose it to use in a variety of ways! It's also paleo, low carb, and keto-friendly.

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Ingredients

  • 8-9 lb bone-in pork shoulder/butt or 5-6 lb boneless
  • 5 tsp sea salt divided
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice no sugar added
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne

Instructions

  1. Cut the pork into 4-5 inch chunks. If using bone-in, cut around the bone. If you'd like, trim the fat around the meat.

  2. Add the pork (and the bone) to the Instant Pot. 

  3. Sprinkle the pork with 3 tsp of sea salt, making sure to cover all sides.

  4. Add the onion to the pork.

  5. Pour in pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, and dijon mustard over the pork and onions.

  6. Close the lid and set the Instant Pot to Manual on HIGH for 60 minutes. 

  7. Once the Instant Pot beeps to a finish, wait 10 minutes for the pressure to naturally release, then release the rest of the pressure manually.

  8. Open the lid and transfer the pork and onions to a large bowl, along with 1 cup of the liquid. Discard the rest of the liquid.

  9. Remove the fat if you prefer, then use 2 forks to shred the pork into bite-sized pieces.

  10. In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 tsp sea salt and the rest of the spices together.

  11. Sprinkle the spices over the pork and onions and toss together.

  12. Serve warm, or freeze into individual portions. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub (Paleo, Low Carb, Keto)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 294 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 123mg 41%
Sodium 1133mg 47%
Potassium 701mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 2g
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 6.9%
Vitamin C 4.5%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 15.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.