California Pulled Pork Bowl with Pickled Vegetables

by Dorothy Reinhold on August 31, 2015

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School’s back in session, and I’m employing lots of strategies to get dinner on the table efficiently on weeknights.

  • Have a cooked grain (such as rice) in the refrigerator at all times. This is good for building an impromptu “bowl.”
  • Keep on hand some pulled pork or another cooked meat, to build a bowl or burrito or taco. You can make it in your slow cooker, or purchase it already prepared, as I did here. This version is cooked, smoked and seasoned but not sauced, so is very versatile. This can be a dinner-saver!
  • Have some all-purpose condiments, such as the pickled carrots and onions I am using here. This is the ubiquitous nibble that appears magically every time you sit down to eat at a Mexican restaurant, but you can make it yourself so easily.
  • Be willing to mix and match ingredients for an impromptu dinner. Use what you have!

Pulled Pork Bowl with Pickled Vegetables | Easy Weeknight Dinner Pulled Pork Bowl | ShockinglyDelicious.comSo let’s build our dinner bowl. We just got home from soccer practice, and homework’s waiting.

California Pulled Pork Bowl with Pickled Vegetables

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Serving Size: 1 bowl

A classic dinner bowl starts with rice, pulled pork, fresh tomatoes and avocado, topped off with pickled vegetables.


  • Cooked rice, hot (I used Planet Rice Sprouted California Blonde Rice)
  • Pulled pork, heated (I used Hormel Taco Meats Shredded & Seasoned Pork)
  • Organic heirloom tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • California avocados, peeled and diced
  • Pickled vegetables such as [Mexican Pickled Onions and Carrots|


  1. To build each bowl, add rice to a dinner-sized bowl, add a portion of pulled pork, and top with a scattering of tomatoes, avocados and pickled vegetables.
  2. Serves 4.


Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious.

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Pulled Pork Bowl with Pickled Vegetables | Easy Weeknight Dinner Pulled Pork Bowl |

Disclaimer: Hormel sent the pulled pork for recipe development, and compensated me for my time. Planet Rice sent the rice.

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Betsy @ Desserts Required September 25, 2015 at 5:20 am

I LOVE this dish and all of your fabulous suggestions for having a delicious easy peasy weeknight dinner!


sippitysup September 11, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Pickles are my new favorite condiment! GREG


Dorothy Reinhold September 13, 2015 at 6:22 am

I totally agree! I am now eating them on everything. I don’t know why it took me so long to discover that vegetables other than cucumbers made great pickles.


Nancy | The Bitter Side of Sweet September 11, 2015 at 7:14 am

Great tips for helping with busy nights!


Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) September 10, 2015 at 3:48 am

I love making rice bowls and grain bowls for dinner — they are such a great way to use up leftover veggies and whatnot!


Dorothy Reinhold September 10, 2015 at 4:53 am

I totally agree! Use it up!


Nutmeg Nanny September 9, 2015 at 5:53 am

This dish looks so delicious! Love the combo of pulled pork and tangy pickled vegetables…yum!


Joanie @ Zagleft September 9, 2015 at 5:31 am

Keeping rice made and in the refrigerator is such a great idea. I’m trying to pull together easy recipes too. I love this idea. Easy and delicious!


Sabrina September 8, 2015 at 11:16 pm

I love that you pickled your own vegetables! I love pickling red onions too! Great photos!


Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen September 8, 2015 at 8:03 pm

Bowls are a great go-to dinner for us too. Love the addition of pickled veggies. Great idea!


Maria September 8, 2015 at 6:24 pm

The colors in this are beautiful! Looks so delicious!


Joy @ Joy Love Food September 8, 2015 at 3:47 pm

We love pulled pork at my house, this sounds so good with the pickled veggies on top!


Laura @MotherWouldKnow September 8, 2015 at 8:05 am

I love one bowl dinners. I’m especially intrigued by the pickles vegetables – condiments make such a difference.


Dorothy Reinhold September 9, 2015 at 1:30 pm

I so agree with you. Just a little bit o’ something like a pickled vegetable can really spark things.


Kacey @ The Cookie Writer September 8, 2015 at 8:00 am

We usually use pulled pork for pulled pork sandwiches, but I really like this idea of a bowl! And the veggies are so beautiful!


Dorothy Reinhold September 9, 2015 at 1:31 pm

More and more, I am making “bowl” dinners. I just love them.


Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet September 8, 2015 at 7:55 am

This sounds great! Our vegetable garden did terrific this year and I’ve been doing a lot of pickling. This is a great idea, thanks!


Alisa Fleming September 8, 2015 at 6:54 am

What a fresh twist on pulled pork Dorothy! This does seem like a great weeknight meal, and lighter than most – so good for this Indian summer!


Katerina September 3, 2015 at 11:46 pm

Beautiful colors and delicious combinations!


Dorothy Reinhold September 6, 2015 at 12:10 pm

Thank you Katerina!


Liz Schmitt September 3, 2015 at 8:28 am

Love your pickled vegetables – tart and crunchy, a perfect snack.


Dorothy Reinhold September 6, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Thank you Liz! I am putting these on everything!


Dorothy Reinhold September 6, 2015 at 12:13 pm

You are right…this is perfect to a busy school night.


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