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Cubano Mason Jar Salad

Cubano Mason Jar Salad

Cubano Mason Jar Salad

Total Time: 5hrs 30min
Prep Time: 30min
Cook Time: 5hrs
Serves 4
1.5R 1G 1Y

Ingredients for the Pork

1 lb pork loin
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Ingredients for the Plantain Chips
2 green plantains
1 cup water
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3 garlic cloves, minced
5 tablespoons coconut oil
Salt, to taste

Ingredients for the Mojo Sauce
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
Juice of 2 small limes or one large lime
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper

Other Toppings
1/2 lb deli ham (1/2 inch thick), cubed
8 cups shredded cabbage
Dill pickle chips
1 avocado, cubed
Yellow mustard
2 cups spinach

Instructions for the Pork

  1. Place pork in slow cooker and cover with applesauce and apple cider vinegar. Set to high and cook 5 hours. When done shred and toss with 1/2 of mojo sauce.

Instructions for the Mojo Sauce

  1. In a small pan heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Brown the 3 minced garlic cloves until fragrant about 1-2 minutes. Do not burn.
  2. Transfer garlic to a small bowl and whisk in the remaining 1/3 cup of olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, cumin, salt, and pepper.

Instructions for the Plantain Chips

  1. Place one cup of water, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and 3 minced garlic cloves in a medium bowl.
  2. Peel the plantains and cut into 1 inch disks.
  3. Heat 5 tablespoons of coconut oil in a pan over medium high heat. Fry the plantains 1 minute per side until browned. Transfer to a paper towel to drain.
  4. Using the back of a flat wooden spoon mash the plantains until it’s about half it’s original size. Soak in the garlic water for one minute, pat dry, and fry once more about 1 minute per side.
  5. Transfer to a new set of paper towels and season generously with salt.


  1. Divide remaining mojo sauce among 4 mason jars.
  2. Layer 1/2 cup shredded cabbage, pork, pickles, ham, mustard, pickles, and spinach. Top with 3-4 plantains.

Inspiration: Original Cubano Bowl Recipe

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