Grilled Pork Tenderloin & Apricot Salad

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin & Apricot Salad

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.

Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 40
Total Time: 40

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

Nutrition Per Serving

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

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

Carbohydrate Serving 1

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

From EatingWell May/June 2008