Pork Quinoa Salad with Cherries and Balsamic

Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Main Course
Keyword: high fiber, low sodium, low sugar
Cut: Tenderloin
Cooking Method: Roast
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound pork tenderloin (trimmed)
  • 5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (divided)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 3/4 cup dried tart cherries
  • 6 scallions (thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 cup almonds (sliced, toasted, divided)
  • 2 cups kale (or baby spinach leaves, shredded)


  • Combine 3 tablespoons of the vinegar and 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large resealable bag. Add the pork, seal the bag, and set aside in the refrigerator, turning occasionally, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Remove pork from marinade, place it on a rimmed baking sheet, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Discard marinade.
  • Roast pork until the internal temperature reaches between 145 degrees F. (medium rare) and 160 degrees F. (medium), on a meat thermometer, 25 to 30 minutes. Set aside to rest 10 minutes.
  • While pork is roasting, cook quinoa according to package directions. Drain any liquid that hasn’t absorbed, then cover and set aside.
  • Cut pork into 1-inch pieces. In a large bowl, combine pork and any cooking juices with quinoa, cherries, scallions and 2 tablespoons of almonds. Gently stir in kale or spinach, remaining 2 tablespoons of vinegar, and remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add more vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper to taste. Garnish with remaining 2 tablespoons of almonds and serve.


Recipe courtesy of Yummly.com
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