This spicy pork tenderloin salad is served with seared tomatoes and a creamy harissa yogurt dressing. Enjoy it with a glass of riesling!
Spicy Pork Tenderloin Salad with Harissa Yogurt Dressing
A flavorful entree salad that won't weigh you down on hot summer days! Delicious with a glass of chilled riesling.
- 1 roasted red bell pepper, jarred
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
- 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste)
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 cup plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
- 1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
- 2 roma tomatoes, sliced into 1/4″ thick disks
- 8 cups mixed greens
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Place bell pepper, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons juice, sambal oelek, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, coriander, and garlic in a food processor; process until smooth. Place half the harissa in a large bowl and set aside. Place the remaining harissa in a microwave safe dish and cook, covered, in the microwave for 60 seconds. Stir and set aside to cool.
- Preheat oven to 425°.
- Combine yogurt, mint, 1 tablespoon juice, and 1 teaspoon cumin in a bowl.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil; swirl to coat. Sprinkle pork with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add pork to pan; cook 6 minutes, browning on all sides. Add pork to harissa in the large bowl, turning to coat. Sear tomato slices in the hot pan for 60 seconds each side. Remove from heat.
- Place pork on a rack in a pan; brush with remaining harissa from the large bowl. Bake at 425° for 11 minutes or until a thermometer registers 145°. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes; cut crosswise into 12 slices. Serve 3 slices over 2 cups of mixed greens with tomato slices, a drizzle of microwaved harissa, and a dollop of yogurt sauce.
This recipe is an adaptation of one of Colby’s favorite meals of all time, North African Pork Tenderloin. He has enjoyed other variations of pork tenderloin that I’ve made, but this remains his top pick.
If you like riesling wine, you’ve gotta try this one! One of my sister’s favorites, Kingfu Girl, is sweet, crisp, and reasonably priced at Trader Joes! It pairs perfectly with the spiciness of the pork tenderloin in this salad.