Crispy Pata Salad / Deep Fried Pork Knuckles Salad

Crispy Pata Salad

My birthday falls on the most sinful month of the year — December!

December is the month when most people gather for reunions  and parties. There’s family reunions, Christmas reunions, christmas parties and birthday parties.

December is the month of feasting on the fattiest, most sugar-laden and most calorie-packed food.

And that is what I usually want on my birthday…well, I also want one of those hampton bay ceiling fans but that’s another story.

I think that’s what most people want —- everything deep fried and all the decadent desserts that you can think of.

Thanks to Pearl of  My Sassy Chef { who I just met in person recently} and Thea of Words and Nosh. They are January’s Kulinarya Cooking Club Challenge hosts and they came up with a cooking challenge: Prepare a healthy version of your favorite birthday dish.

This is a very timely challenge because I’m trying to shed a few pounds…

And one of my most favorite birthday dish happens to be Crispy Pata {Deep Fried Pork Knuckles}.

Good thing I’ve figured out a healthier way to serve it.

No, not with beer as a “pulutan”, hee……as a salad, silly.

I don’t like being deprived, so serving this in a salad satisfies my craving for crispy pata and yet it gives me a serving of greens as well.

Crispy Pata Salad

For lunch, I had it today as Crispy Pata Salad……while everybody’s having it with “extra” rice…

I knew I had it coming….


Crispy Pata Salad / Deep Fried Pork Knuckles Salad


  • 1 whole pork leg, cleaned
  • 5 pcs Bay leaf
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • a pitcher of water
  • 3 tbsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp peppercorns
  • 10 pcs romaine lettuce leaves, teared
  • 2 pcs red globe radishes, sliced thinly
  • 4 cups cooking oil

for the Red Onion Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chopped red onion
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tbsp olive oil


  1. Place pork leg in a large pot and pour in water, add salt, sugar, peppercorn and bay leaf. Make sure all the meat is covered with water.
  2. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 2 hours or until the meat is tender.
  3. Remove pork leg from pot and let cool to room temperature.
  4. Rub with salt and pepper and let stand for a few minutes to absorb the rub.
  5. Deep-fry in very hot oil until golden brown. Be very careful in frying the pork leg.
  6. For the balsamic vinaigrette: Whisk vinegar, sugar, salt, red onion and pepper until sugar and salt are dissolved. Whisk in olive oil until the mixture come together in a thick consistency. Taste and adjust the seasoning depending on your preference. Put more sugar if you want it sweeter and add salt for a saltier vinaigrette.
  7. Cut some pork knuckle meat and crispy skin into strips and toss with teared romaine lettuce, red globe radish slices and red onion balsamic vinaigrette.

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You can also include other veggies like jicama, tomato, cucumber and a sprinkling of nuts.

OR you can also serve this as lettuce wraps with the vinaigrette as dipping sauce…Just wrap a piece of meat, a slice of radish and other veggies inside a lettuce leaf and seal with a toothpick.

Crispy Pata Salad

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30 Responses

  1. crispy pata salad… oh boy i will have a plate of that anytime haha. belated happy birthday!

  2. I don’t think I could resist rice with your crispy pata, so I’ll have both rice and a salad side dish with it na lang! 🙂

  3. Happy belated Birthday (I was also born in Dcemeber – 25th).

    That salad looks amazing and the pork leg looks sinfully scrummy.



  4. Nice take on this month’s challenge! I have tried using crispy pata in salad  so I know how good it is! Love the vinaigrette you used!

  5. a healthy but sinfully delicious dish, i just wish I’d be able to control myself with that crispy pata! nice take on the healthy challenge, who say’s healthy is boring? 

  6. Sometimes eating healthy takes compromise…a little bit of deep fried combined with a lotta bit of lettuce sounds good to me!

  7. Yum! I love crispy pata! adding the greens will definitely sweep some of the guilt for pigging out.

  8. That is so yummy!!! Thank’s for sharing the recipe:)

    Visiting for YS! Hope you can stop by:)

  9. I’ll have crispy pata instead of croutons on my salad any day. That sounds like a good combination.

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