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Apricot-Dijon Pork Salad

Apricot-Dijon Pork SaladGrilled pork glazed with a piquant apricot mixture makes a beautiful presentation atop a dinner salad sporting dried cherries, cheese and toasted pecans. Serve with warm dinner rolls for a special summer supper.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 whole pork tenderloin, about 1 pound
1 cup apricot preserves
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 (10-ounce) package mixed salad greens
1 (15-ounce) can apricot halves, drained, and sliced
1/2 cup dried tart cherries
4 ounces provolone cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
8 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup toasted pecan pieces*

Cooking Directions:

  1. In small bowl stir together preserves, vinegar, mustard and ginger. Reserve 3/4 cup for salad dressing.
  2. Butterfly pork tenderloin (cut almost in half, but not quite through, horizontally; open and lay flat.
  3. Prepare medium-hot fire in kettle-style grill.
  4. Grill tenderloin over heat 5 to 6 minutes per side; brushing with remaining apricot mixture during last 2 minutes on each side. Remove tenderloin to cutting board.
  5. Meanwhile in large bowl toss together greens, apricots, cherries, cheese, pecans and onions. Divide mixture evenly among 4 plates.
  6. Slice pork into 1/2-inch pieces. Arrange portions of pork on top of greens on each plate; drizzle with reserved apricot mixture.

Makes 4 servings.

*To toast pecans, place pecan halves in shallow baking pan in a 350°F (175°C) oven for about 10 minutes. Let cool, chop coarsely.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories 540 calories Protein 30 grams Fat 12 grams Sodium 420 milligrams Cholesterol 80 milligrams Saturated Fat 4 grams Carbohydrates 89 grams.

Recipe provided courtesy of National Pork Board.