If you want to savor summer one last time, make this pork roast salad. It looks like a lot of ingredients – and there are – but, remember, it’s a whole meal.
Actually, you could make it anytime this winter, whenever you want to be reminded that there is a sun and there are warm places out there, because it’s all cooked indoors. A little stove top searing of the meat, a little roasting and then the salad assembly.
This meal combines the warmth of the pork (and its spicy seasonings) and the cool freshness of the citrus pieces and the creaminess of the avocado. All just plain yummy.
I love fall; it’s my favorite season. And I love September best of all. (Did you know that when people are asked what their favorite month is 9 out of 10 people will pick their birthday month? I feel sorry for January birthday people.)
Still, I don’t like what’s ahead. It seems like winter lasts six months around here. I’m glad to know I have my daughter in
to visit! Tampa
Remember this dish when you want a taste of a winter getaway. It just may transport you.
Island Pork Tenderloin Salad
Gourmet May 2003
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 pork tenderloins (2 ¼ to 2 ½ pounds total)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon curry powder, toasted
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ cup olive oil
3 navel oranges
5 ounces baby spinach, trimmed (6 cups leaves)
4 cups thinly sliced
cabbage (from 1 medium head) Napa
1 red bell pepper, cut lengthwise into thin strips
½ cup golden raisins
2 firm-ripe avocados
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Stir together salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder and cinnamon, then coat pork with spice rub.
Heat oil in an ovenproof 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until just beginning to smoke, then brown pork, turning, about 4 minutes total. Remove pan from heat but leave pork in skillet.
Stir together brown sugar, garlic and
and pat on top of each
tenderloin. Roast in the middle of the
oven until thermometer inserted diagonally in center of each tenderloin
registers 140 degrees F, about 20 minutes.
Let pork stand at room temperature 10 minutes. (Temperature will rise to about 155 degrees F
while resting.) Tabasco
Make vinaigrette while pork roasts. Whisk together juices, mustard curry powder, salt and pepper, then add oil in a stream, whisking until emulsified.
Prepare salad ingredients while pork stands. Cut peel, including white pith, from oranges with a sharp knife, then cut oranges crosswise into ¼ inch thick slices. Toss spinach, cabbage, bell pepper and raisins in a large bowl with about ¼ cup vinaigrette. Halve, pit and peel avocados, then cut diagonally into ¼ inch slices.
Cut pork at a 45-degree angle into ½ inch slices. Line a large platter with dressed salad and arrange pork, oranges and avocados in rows on top. Drizzle some vinaigrette over avocados and oranges. Pour any juices over pork.