Grilled Pork Tenderloin Salad

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Served room temperature or chilled, this salad—combining tangy oranges, sweet and crunchy fennel and zesty marinated pork—is delightful for a warm summer evening.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Salad
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved

Time: 120 minutes (45 minutes prep)

  • 1 pepper plus 1 teaspoon sauce from a can of chipotle chile in adobo (see Tips)

  • 1 clove garlic , minced

  • 1/2 cup orange juice

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 8 ounces pork tenderloin (see Tips), trimmed of fat

  • 1 large orange

  • 1 small head fennel (about 8 ounces), trimmed, cored and sliced paper-thin

  • 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion

  • 1 tablespoon walnut or canola oil

  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons pepitas (pumpkin seeds) , toasted (see Tips)

  1. To prepare pork: Combine chipotle and sauce, garlic, orange juice, lime juice, vinegar, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper in a blender or mini food processor; blend or process until the chipotle is chopped and the mixture is relatively smooth. Pour into a sealable plastic bag, add pork and seal, squeezing out any excess air from the bag. Turn to coat with the marinade. Refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours.

  2. Preheat grill to high or heat a large indoor grill pan over high heat. Remove the pork from the marinade (discard marinade). Grill the pork, turning occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted diagonally into the center of the meat registers 145°F, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

  3. To prepare salad: With a sharp knife, remove the peel and skin from the orange. Working over a large bowl to catch the juice, cut the segments from their surrounding membrane. (Discard membrane, pith and skin.) Thinly slice the pork and add to the bowl with the orange segments along with fennel, onion, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper; toss to combine. Sprinkle with pepitas.

Chipotle chiles in adobo sauce are smoked jalapenos packed in a flavorful sauce. Find them with Mexican foods in large supermarkets.

One pork tenderloin typically weighs about 1 pound, enough for 4 servings. You can marinate a whole pound in the same amount of marinade used to marinate the 8 ounces in this recipe and have enough cooked tenderloin for 2 dinners (for 2 people). Or freeze half for up to 3 months.

Pepitas, olive-green-hulled pumpkin seeds, are commonly used in Mexican cooking. Find them in the bulk-foods section of natural-foods markets or Mexican grocers. To toast seeds, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size
about 2 cups
19 g
14 g
Saturated Fat
2 g
28 g
74 mg
Dietary Fiber
6 g
1149 mg
531 mg
2 servings
about 2 cups each
1 fruit
1 vegetable
3 lean meat
2 fat
Vitamin C
92% daily value
33% dv
21% dv
16% dv
15% dv

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