This Vietnamese Style Salad with Pork Meatballs is a spin on the classic Vietnamese salad, Bún chả. This version is made with butter lettuce, shredded napa cabbage, Thai basil, mint, and cilantro, crunchy veggies, and a ginger-lime vinaigrette. It's topped with the most delicious, flavorful, 6 ingredient pork meatballs. Such a simple, flavor-packed healthy meal!
Begin by prepping all of your lettuces and veggies for the salad. Add butter lettuce and cabbage to a large bowl and toss. Top with the sliced cucumber, radishes, scallions, cilantro, basil, mint, and jalapeño slices, if using. Toss to combine. Set aside.
To make the meatballs, add the ground pork to a medium bowl. Add the scallions, jalapeño or serrano, cilantro, garlic, soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix with your hands to combine (it's the easiest way). Form into 10-12 meatballs. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat and add the avocado oil. Once hot, add the meatballs and cook for 3-4 minutes on all sides, or until cooked through and golden brown.
While the meatballs are cooking, make your dressing. To a small bowl, add the lime juice, rice wine vinegar, honey, ginger, serrano or jalapeño pepper, garlic, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine. Add the olive oil and whisk again to combine. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper if desired.
To serve, top the salad with the meatballs and desired amount of dressing. Toss to combine, and serve with extra dressing and extra fresh herbs if desired!