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Kalua Pork Power Bowl

Kalua Pork Power Bowl - a giant bowl of mixed greens piled with shredded kalua pork, sweet potatoes, craisins, pistachios, crumbled goat cheese and shallots. Full of color and flavor!
Earlier this week, my mom and I held a cooking demonstration for some of the ladies in her neighborhood. It was a fun time. We were flying back and forth, preparing One-Pan Roasted Salmon, Lemon Garlic Chicken and Veggies while explaining how to not blow up your house while using an Instant Pot. Like I said, a fun time. 🙂

We demonstrated how to make Kalua Pork in the instant pot, and promised you could make a million different recipes using it as a base. We mentioned pork tacos, asian wraps with carrot slaw and sesame ginger dressing, BBQ sliders…and now we have one more…

Kalua Pork Power Bowl!

The inspiration for this Kalua Pork Power Bowl came from one of my favorite “quick brunch” spots…Cafe Zupas.

I love that place, because it’s real. You watch them prepare your meal, so you know exactly what’s going in it. They use simple, fresh ingredients and the combinations are so yummy! Also, it’s quick and convenient when you’re out and about and starving…

Story of my life.

My go-to menu items have changed time to time, I used to always order their BBQ chicken saladBut lately, I’ve found a new favorite…

“Braised turkey wellness bowl.” All the flavors wrapped up in one delicious bowl. If you’re headed to Cafe Zupas anytime soon I’d recommend giving it a try.

Kalua Pork Power Bowl - a giant bowl of mixed greens piled with shredded kalua pork, sweet potatoes, craisins, pistachios, crumbled goat cheese and shallots. Full of color and flavor!
This Kalua Pork Power Bowl is actually fairly different than Zupas wellness bowl, but there are some similar ingredients, and the heartiness and variety of flavors just reminds me of it.

So. Make yourself a BIG batch of Instant Pot Kalua Pork, and then use the leftovers all week. You’ll thank yourself come dinner time. 😉

Kalua Pork Power Bowl

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4-6


  • 3 cups cubed sweet potatoes
  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 2 cups leftover Instant Pot Kalua Pork
  • 2 apples (we used gala)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese (Trader Joes!)
  • 1/4 cup pistachios
  • 1/4 cup craisins
  • 2 small shallots
  • Balsamic glaze (optional--also Trader Joes!)
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Wash sweet potatoes and peel if desired. Chop into small cubes and cook by roasting in oven (400º for about 30 minutes) or steaming until fork-tender.
  2. Place greens in a large serving bowl or plate.
  3. Top with Kalua pork, thinly-sliced apples, goat cheese crumbles, pistachios, crasins and thinly sliced shallots.
  4. Drizzle dressing over the top and toss to combine.
  5. Dressing
  6. Combine balsamic vinegar, garlic cloves and honey in a mason jar and shake to combine.
  7. Slowly drizzle olive oil in, while stirring continuously. This will help emulsify so the oil won't separate from the dressing.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste and drizzle over salad.

Did you try this recipe? Leave a comment below letting us know how it turned out for you!

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  • Reply Julie Vail April 13, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    I made the Kalua Pork tonight and it was yummy! I did it in a slow cooker and had it cooking all day long. I couldn’t wait to get home from work and eat. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!

    • Reply Sarah April 15, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      Yay! We’re so glad you tried it, and good to know it works well in the slow cooker. Thanks for the feedback! 🙂

  • Reply Kari April 14, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Yum! Sounds delcious!

    • Reply Sarah April 15, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks! It’s a great one for using up leftover pork 🙂

  • Reply Lisa Linton April 15, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    I made this pork for dinner this week and it was a huge hit! I have several nights to use it and it saved me many times over. We also had the chicken and roasted veggies for dinner this week and my kids loved it! Thank you for taking the time to teach us all your yummy quick recipes for RS!

    • Reply Sarah April 15, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad you’ve given some of the recipes a try 🙂 Thanks for the feedback!

  • Reply Michelle Mingus April 25, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Any ideas on the braised turkey from Zupas? My husband is a tough cookie when it comes to eating out and he came in with his mouth watering for the braised turkey only to find out they discontinued it from the menu, even though it is still all over the menu. I would love to make it if you have ideas? I don’t know about braising much, especially not turkey!! Help!!

    • Reply Sarah April 30, 2019 at 12:03 pm

      Michelle, I’m sad to hear Zupas discontinued it! I loved their braised turkey. I haven’t done much with braised turkey before…We’ll have to experiment and put together a recipe for it asap! Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

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