Hawaiian Pizza Salad

There is a lawyer in front of me at the coffee shop who loves complaining. He’s talking about making over $203,000 last year and is complaining about rarely sleeping. Well no sh*t. You made what I’ll probably make in my lifetime, I’d hope I’m getting a little bit more sleep than you. You chose that life sir, live with it. And look at your damn pant leg, it’s tucked into your sock. You’re a mess.

I love my new car. I loved my old 1997 Honda Civic, ‘the red machine’ if you will, but she just wasn’t fitting into my life anymore. We grew apart. And even though both of us are getting uglier as time goes on, we just are on different paths. So now, hopefully she can light up someone else’s life. I know my new car is lighting up mine. We’ve bonded. I’ve already used the seat warmers. She warmed my butt. She’s the best.

That was weird.

Wanne see me be awkward on video?? Here you go!! Remember when I went to Boston a few months back to film some cooking videos? Well, Again Faster has been posting those videos more and more. I can’t watch most of them because I instantly think of things I could do better on video. And there’s a lot. Like smile more. Have you ever watched Giada De Laurentiis (definitely had to look up how to spell that name) on her cooking shows? She never stops smiling. I don’t get how she does it. Probably because she has at least 106 teeth to work with. But either way, it’s damn hard to smile ALL.THE.TIME. I obviously haven’t mastered it, but I’m getting better. I’m thinking about getting more teeth implanted in my face to help with that issue.

Ok, I need to pimp out a product I just recently tried because I LOVE IT. It’s called Epic Bar. It’s a jerky bar that has the best quality meat and other ingredients such as cranberries or cherries. My favorite is the bison, bacon and cranberry bar. It is epic. And it’s the perfect mid day snack when you’re unsure of what to eat. Seriously. You have to try it.

So I made this recipe and Laura thought the pepperoni was great, while the boyfriend thought it was better without the pepperoni. So this is what I’m going to recommend. If you like pepperoni, eat it in the salad. If you don’t, then don’t. And add avocado. Or just add avocado anyways because it’s delicious in anything.


Hawaiian Pizza Salad

  • Yield: 4-5 1x



For the garlic crockpot pork

  • 23 pound pork shoulder (I used bone-in)
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt, to taste (more is better than less)

For the salad

  • 2 hearts of romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 (4 ounce) container of button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups pineapple, diced
  • 1/2 cup pepperoni, diced
  • Tessemae’s cracked pepper dressing (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fat (I used grass fed butter, but you could use bacon fat or coconut oil)


  1. First you gotta cook your pork, because it’s going to take about 8-10 hours.
  2. Place the sliced onions in the bottom of your crockpot then add the pork shoulder. Take a sharp knife and poke 4 holes in different places in the pork. Press the peeled garlic cloves into the holes.
  3. Sprinkle garlic powder and salt on the pork and onions.
  4. Cover and let cook on low for 8-10 hours. Then shred directly in the crockpot. You won’t need any liquid for this meat if it has enough fat on it, it will render a good amount of liquid into the crockpot.
  5. Once your meat is shredded, start making the rest of your salad.
  6. Place a medium skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of fat, then add the mushrooms with a pinch of salt and cook down until soft and brown.
  7. When the mushrooms are done and the everything else has been chopped, add it all together.
  8. Top the salad with any dressing you like. I didn’t use any dressing and didn’t think it needed it. Delish.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


34 thoughts on “Hawaiian Pizza Salad”

  1. THIS SALAD LOOKS AWESOMMME. So I bought a Groupon for a month of CrossFit, which I don’t think I ever would have tried if I didn’t read your blog like a fanatic, and I LOVE IT!! So, just wanted to say thanks!! I only wish I could afford to keep it up after my Groupon runs out!!!! Oh being poor.

  2. Thanks for the tip on the Epic Bars. I’ve just ordered a sample pack, but I’m thinking these will be great fuel for backpacking (and I’m always looking for great fuel for backpacking :).

    Love the blog. Keep up the good work.

  3. I was just thinking this morning…what can I make for a paleo picnic?? I want to go fishing with my friend and need some eats that are awesome at room temp or slightly chilled. I think this will get the job done! Thanks Juli for another tasty recipe!

  4. Everything about this post was awesome. I lol’d reading the first paragraph, and it puts things in perspective, hey?

    Secondly, my mind is blown by those Epic Bars. That seems delicious! I hope they ship to Canada. They’d be great for hiking and post-run snacks.

    And lastly I love the idea of a hawaiian pizza salad! I make pulled pork quite often (the meat is cheap, makes a lot and is easy when you have a crockpot), and it’s nice to try different things with it.

    Enjoy your new whip! What is it?

  5. “And look at your damn pant leg, it’s tucked into your sock. You’re a mess.” Bahahaha.

    Stop complaining, check your socks, and bill a few less hours this year. Life advice courtesy of JB. Love it.

    I’m so checking out those bars! I’m eliminating nuts (acne) and eggs (intolerance) and I am just like SOL on snacks right now. Thanks for pimping!

  6. The salad sounds delicious, and I just happen to have leftover Kalua Pig!! Guess who just added pineapple to the shopping list for this afternoon…

    Also, the Epic bars sound so good that I just ordered two of the sample packs. I have some travel coming up, and they sound like the perfect take-along.

  7. Thank you for the link to the Tessemae’s Salad Dressing. I have been looking for a dressing that did NOT contain vege oil of any sort and I don’t have a Whole Foods in my immediate vicinity (Wegman’s is awesome, but doesn’t carry that brand). I can now order online – yay! – and try this brand. I looked at the site and it even sells BBQ sauce and Hot sauce! That would be awesome on pulled pork!

  8. Funny that you mention how much Giada smiles. I saw her Chefography on Food Network a few years back and she was NOT a natural in front of the camera! She didn’t smile or talk much about what she was doing. She HATED being in front of the camera and really had to work at smiling and talking, etc. She’s definitely got it nailed though, doesn’t she?? I still refuse to believe she eats anything that she makes. Correction, I refuse to believe she eats anything.
    I’ve tried smiling while I’m chopping and stirring and preparing. It’s friggin’ hard. Definitely unnatural.

  9. Thanks for the delicious anti-lawyer recipe. It sounds divine, and when used with leaner cuts of pork roast, quite healthy as well. A little pepperoni may go a long way, especially when augmented by grilled pineapple. I am sure I will also try the Epic bar you recommended.

  10. Thanks for the divine recipe. Anything Hawaiian with pork is bound to be delicious. Perhaps the Epic Bar you recommended is the trick, but then again, lean cuts of pork grilled slowly can be quite healthy. Pump up the grilled pineapple and you definitely have a winner! It is always a challenge to find healthy recipes that everyone likes. This particular pizza salad recipe created a world of opportunity. Thanks for the post and I will definitely come back to get more tips.

  11. I had some shredded pork in the freezer so I was able to throw this salad together tonight speedy quick. Yay for pepperoni! Beautiful salad, I can taste the rainbow!!

  12. Well, I know what I’m tossing in my crockpot overnight! This sounds way too delicious to wait until the weekend and try it then.

  13. I’m adding this recipe to my menu for this long weekend (in Canada). I got your cookbook a few weeks ago and loving it – the Sweet Potato meatloaf recipe in it is delicious. Of course, sweet potato anything is good. Great cooking video too – will you be doing more?

  14. What other type of meat could you use? I would like to use turkey or chicken but how long would it need to cook in the crockpot?

  15. ok i had to put you on my favorites bar after your comments on giada’s teeth..just made me laugh out loud. saw you from elanas post..as i live in boulder and am GF..look forward to more of your site

  16. Loved it. Husband loved it. And the crockpot filled the apartment with deliciousness. I definitely added avocado because, let’s be real: it IS good on everything. Thanks for the yummy recipe–I’m a new reader, but I am loving everything here. Can’t wait to get my hands on your cookbook!

  17. I’m not a fan of pork…… Is there another type of protein you coud substitute this recipe with? I’m a newbie to the paleo diet and so far I’ve been struggling a lot!!!!

  18. Hey Juli-I wanted to know how the mango is okay on the 21 dsd? Or is this off the detox? Thanks! You rock.

  19. I just made this last night and it was the bomb! My husband really enjoyed it too and he has no idea about paleo 🙂

  20. Made this tonight for dinner with left-over pulled pork and it was delicious! I put a dressing on it, but probably won’t next time. It’s plenty rich enough without it. I also sautéed the chopped red bell pepper with the mushrooms (in coconut oil).

  21. This is a fantastic salad full of flavor and perfect for a quick weekday meal. I just put in the pork in the morning before work and prepped everything else when I got home and threw it together. My only changes were that I left out the mushrooms and added a little bit of bbq sauce on top. I will definitely be making this again!

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