Roast Pork, Asparagus & Cherry Tomato Bowl


In this healthy grain bowl dinner recipe, hummus may seem like an unconventional dressing ingredient, but here we thin it with some hot water to make a rich, creamy drizzle.

Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 servings


  • 2 ½ cups water plus 2 tablespoons, divided

  • 1 ¼ cups bulgur

  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed

  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided

  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 large red onion, chopped

  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes

  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • ¼ cup plain hummus


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Bring 2 1/2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in bulgur and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover and let stand until tender, about 20 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, sprinkle pork with marjoram, pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork; cook, turning several times, until browned on all sides, 4 to 6 minutes.

  4. Toss asparagus and onion with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. When the pork is browned, scatter the asparagus and onion around it. Transfer the pan to the oven and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the pork registers 145 degrees F, 12 to 16 minutes. About 5 minutes before the pork is done, scatter the tomatoes over the vegetables in the pan.

  5. Transfer the pork to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Toss the vegetables with the pan juices.

  6. Drain any remaining liquid from the bulgur, then stir in parsley, lemon zest and lemon juice. Combine hummus and 2 tablespoons hot -water in a small bowl. Divide the bulgur among 4 bowls and top with the pork and vegetables; drizzle with the hummus sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

400 Calories
12g Fat
44g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 cup bulgur, 3 oz. pork, 3/4 cup vegetables & 1 1/2 Tbsp. sauce
Calories 400
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 33g 65%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Vitamin A 1493IU 30%
Vitamin C 26mg 29%
Folate 129mcg 32%
Sodium 583mg 25%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 4mg 21%
Magnesium 135mg 32%
Potassium 985mg 21%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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