Balsamic Roasted Pork with Berry Salad

Satisfying and slimming, this slow-the-clock salad pairs roasted pork tenderloin with potassium-rich produce - including strawberries, blackberries, and baby spinach - which helps keep blood pressure in check. Bonus: the berries' vitamin C assists in warding off wrinkles. Toss with a no-fuss mustard vinaigrette that whisks together in minutes.

Recipe courtesy Good Housekeeping, 2012
Show: Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping Episode: Look and Feel Younger
TOTAL TIME: 40 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 20 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons packed fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 medium bulbs fennel, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 small 4- to 6-ounce red onion, thinly sliced
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Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Whisk together 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon oil, 2 teaspoons mustard and the oregano in a large bowl with a wire whisk. Add the fennel, tossing until well coated. Arrange the fennel on the outer edges of 18- by 12-inch jelly-roll pan. Toss the onions in the dressing until well coated, and then arrange in the center of the pan. Toss the pork in the dressing until well coated, and then place on top of the onions.

Sprinkle the pork and vegetables with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Roast until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the pork registers 140 degrees F, 18 to 22 minutes. Let the pork stand for 5 minutes.

Place the basil in a large bowl. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon mustard and 1/8 teaspoon salt and whisk until well combined.

Thinly slice the pork. Add the fennel, onions, strawberries and spinach to the bowl with the dressing and toss until well mixed. Divide among 4 serving plates. Top with the blackberries and pork.

Nutritional information per serving: 315 calories, 11 g total fat (2 g saturated), 62 mg cholesterol, 480 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrates, 10 g dietary fiber, 26 g protein

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  • on July 07, 2013

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    I made this marinade for both pork and chicken and it was delicious. Tons of flavor for such a simple recipe.

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  • on May 30, 2013

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    I normally am not crazy bout pork tenderloin but am always open to trying things for sake of being healthy, so I was truly surprised by how tender and juicy the meat was and the dressing and roasted onions and fennel-- Caramelized making a tasty marriage between the berries and the dressing and the meat. Healthy + yummy = winner dinner!! I did roast the veggies a little longer and created more of the balsamic dressing for the meat, veggies, and salad.

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