I cannot even believe I'm posting a recipe full of mustard and pickles. Two things I don't really eat, but you guys, this Cuban Pasta Salad is so good!!! It's full of pork tenderloin, ham, Swiss cheese and veggies. And the dressing is so tangy and full of Cuban flavors! Buckle up for this one!
You have two options for preparing the pork tenderloin. If you have an instant pot, sprinkle all of the seasonings over the pork.
Squeeze the orange and lemon juice into the instant pot and place the pork in.
Turn the valve to seal and close the lid. Set the time to 10 minutes at high pressure. Allow a natural release and remove the pork.
Make sure the pork rests for 8 minutes and then slice into 1" cubes.
Drizzle oil in a pan over medium high heat and crisp the pork cubes, scraping up any brown bits in the pan and placing everything on a plate to cool. The crispy pieces in the pan are essential, don't throw them out!
For the Oven
Heat the oven to 400 and prepare as above. Bake for 18-20 minutes and proceed as above.
For the Pasta Salad
Heat a large pot of water over medium high heat with a few pinches of salt so the pasta is seasoned. Cook pasta al dente, this is essential for pasta salad, it must never be over cooked pasta.
Drain and rinse in cold water. Set aside.
Prepare all other ingredients and add to a large bowl with the pasta.
Add the dressing and toss to coat.
For the Dressing
In a glass measuring cup, whisk together all ingredients until smooth.
This recipe is easily halved for family use.We like to buy a 12 ounce Ham Steak from the meat department, and just use that.
Cuban Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 CUP)
Calories 250Calories from Fat 95
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 15 of the Best Pasta Salad Recipes on the Internet
Keyword: bbq, cuban, pasta, pasta salad, pickles, pork, salad, side dish