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Side with Grilled Pork

Hi there. I've been invited to a friend's this weekend and asked to bring a side dish. They are serving grilled pork. I want to do something a little different than the standard potato or pasta salad. Anyone have any suggestions/recipes for a tasty summer side that will go well with grilled pork?

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  1. Maybe Orzo with Everything would be nice...it's been really well-received at every function I've brought it to:


    1. How about coleslaw? Not the awful overly mayonaissed stuff you normally get, but something with an asian twist, or maybe even something with apples?

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      1. re: firecooked

        I had a party two weeks ago. We did a pork roast on the grill and one of the sides was red cabbage cole slaw with red onions, carrots, caraway seeds and a vinegar dressing (with just a touch of sugar); it went exceptionally well.

      2. fresh berry salad would be great right now. Fresh local strawberries, rasberrys and blueberries. I also love grilled peaches with grilled pork, they go together very nicely.

        1. Try making Coleslaw salad with an honest cooked dressing. OMgosh, a cooked dressing? Yepper Then after you tossed, add a shredded ( or large grated) Granny Smith apple or two.

          1. Asian slaw with green cabbage, toasted almonds, sesame seeds, and ramon noodles.

            1. How about a potato salad with yams and yukon golds?

              1. Ina Garten's Orzo with roasted veggies is a huge hit when I bring it. It's simple too, just roast up the veggies in the oven. Just go over to foodtv.com and search for the recipe. You and your friends won't be dissappointed.

                1. Cheryl and Bill Jamison's "Smoke and Spice" has a recipe for a sweet potato salad with a chipotle dressing that is great (Sweet Sally's Sweet Potato Salad); "The Silver Palate Cookbook" has a recipe for an outstanding rice and vegetable salad flavored with lots of dill - people always love this when I bring it to parties and they scarf up the leftover salad to take home for themselves!

                  1. how about vietnamese coleslaw ? leave out the chicken and its a great side.

                    1 Chili, seeded and minced
                    1 fat garlic clove
                    1 tbsp sugar (I left that out as well)
                    1 1/2 tsp rice vinegar
                    1 1/2 tbsp lime juice
                    1 1/2 Thai fish sauce
                    1 1/2 tbsp oil (I left that out)
                    half a medium onion, finely sliced
                    black pepper
                    200g white cabbage, shredded
                    1 medium carrot, grated
                    200g cooked chicken breast
                    fat bunch of mint, about 40g

                    In a bowl, combine the chili, garlic, sugar, vinegar, lime juice, fish sauce, oil, onion and black pepper to taste and put aside for 1/2 hour. Then toss everything together and add more mint on top.