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Grilled Pork Tenderloin & Apricot Salad

May/June 2008

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This grilled pork dish offers a triple hit of the fruit with an apricot preserve glaze for the tenderloin plus a grilled apricot and watercress salad with an apricot-spiked vinaigrette. Serve with a chilled Chardonnay, which will harmonize beautifully with the smoky-sweetness of grilled apricots.


Grilled Pork Tenderloin & Apricot Salad

Makes: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound pork tenderloin,trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons apricot preserves, divided
  • 4 ripe but firm fresh apricots or nectarines, halved and pitted
  • 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 4- to 5-ounce bag watercress, or baby arugula (about 8 cups)

Preparation

  1. Preheat grill to high.
  2. Sprinkle pork with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the pork, turning occasionally, for 10 minutes. Brush the pork with 2 tablespoons preserves and continue grilling until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 145°F, 2 to 5 minutes more. Grill apricot (or nectarine) halves on the coolest part of the grill, turning occasionally, until tender and marked, about 4 minutes. Transfer the pork and apricots to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 1 tablespoon preserves, vinegar, shallot, oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste in a large bowl. Cut the fruit into wedges and add to the dressing along with watercress (or arugula); toss to coat. Thinly slice the pork. Serve the salad with the sliced pork.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: To oil the grill rack: Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Don't use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

Nutrition

Per serving: 247 calories; 10 g fat (1 g sat, 5 g mono); 74 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrates; 25 g protein; 1 g fiber; 363 mg sodium; 653 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (47% daily value), Vitamin A (40% dv), Vitamin C (30% dv), Potassium (18% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 fruit, 3 lean meat, 1 1/2 fat


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Recipe Categories

Season
Summer
Spring
Ethnic/Regional
American
Ease of Preparation
Moderate
Total Time
45 minutes or less
Servings
4
Main Ingredient
Pork
Preparation/ Technique
Grill/BBQ
Meal/Course
Dinner

Publication
May/June 2008
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