Grilled Pork Tenderloin & Apricot Salad

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.

From EatingWell: May/June 2008
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 40
Total Time: 40


  1. 1 pound pork tenderloin,trimmed
  2. 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  3. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
  4. 3 tablespoons apricot preserves, divided
  5. 4 ripe but firm fresh apricots or nectarines, halved and pitted
  6. 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  7. 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  8. 2 tablespoons canola oil
  9. 1 4- to 5-ounce bag watercress, or baby arugula (about 8 cups)


  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)

1 Carbohydrate Serving

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