Football season will soon be here, but there’s still plenty of summer ahead—six weeks to be exact. That means there’s still plenty of time for pork consumers and cooks to enjoy light summertime pork fare. Pork is a welcome ingredient in crisp salads and small bites and appetizers.

There’s still time to throw together a picnic or a neighborhood party. The National Pork Board has plenty of recipes at Here’s an example of some of what you’ll find there.

Pork Primavera – Featuring boneless pork loin and market-fresh summer veggies like zucchini, tomatoes and peas, this light pasta dish is a snap to throw together—and tastes even better when enjoyed al fresco.

BBQ Pork Salad with Summer Fruits – This bright, refreshing salad is an August essential, highlighting the best fruit of the season, alongside creamy avocados, meaty pork loin and crunchy almonds. Tangy, salty and sweet, this salad has everything worth loving about summer, all in one bite.

Thai Lettuce Wraps with Satay Pork Strips – Bold Asian flavors are a welcome flavor revival for the last weeks of summer. Sweet marinated pork pairs beautifully with crunchy cucumber, tender lettuce and delicious Thai sauces. Pack each of this recipe's elements separately for a tasty DIY picnic.

As a pork producer, now is a good time to share some pork ideas with friends and neighbors. It also presents the opportunity to remind folks that USDA has revised the recommended cooking temperature for pork. The internal temperature for fresh muscle cuts like chops, tenderloins and roast  is now at 145 F, followed by a three-minute holding period. “Cooking pork this way will yield a final product that is typically pinker in the middle and juicier than any pork you’ve ever made,” points out NPB.

For more pork ideas and inspiration, go to the Pork, Be Inspired website.

Source: NPB