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Island Pork Tenderloin Salad

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Island Pork Salad Duo Dishes

It seems everyday we learn that one of our good friends loves to cook and does it often. And not frozen dinner, food-out-a-box-heat-it-in-the-microwave type of cooking. They’re actually doing it up in the kitchen–fancy dishes from scratch, using fresh ingredients, and plating the food in ornate styles with decorative garnishes. Maybe we’re just getting older, but it’s clear that times have changed since beans and weenies, ramen and instant macaroni and cheese out of that blue and yellow box dominated dorm room food. Has it been that long since graduation? Yikes!

When we found out an old college friend of ours, Billy, is now a passionate cook and throws down in the kitchen, we were floored! We should aware of such things, being the avid cooks that we are. Sadly, though, this is not always the case, especially when separated by all of those states between California and the East coast. Billy was excited to share his favorite, all-time greatest, best ever dish in life, which happened to be a healthy salad. It’s exciting for us because we felt his enthusiasm for this dish. So much so, we will be making it for ourselves stat! In the meantime, check out what Billy had to say.

“With the P90X phenomenon taking over the country, the workout often gets most of the glory for its intense nature. The nutrition plan, however, is equally as intense.  This salad is one of the best recipes that I have tried from this program, and it does not disappoint!  The combination of bold spices and citrus flavors provides an explosive-tasting dish, making this the best salad you will EVER have!

When making this dish, I like to make sure that each salad is identical. I make both salads independent of one another, using half of the above listed ingredients for each. This ensures that the proper amount of pork tenderloin, vegetables and fruits are given with each salad respectively and adds to it’s delightful asthetic.”

Island Pork Tenderloin Salad – Serves 2 (from the P90X Nutrition Plan)
16 ounces lean pork tenderloin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon chile powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
1/2 tablespoon Tabasco hot sauce
1 1/2 oranges, peeled and cut into 1/4″ slices
3 cups fresh spinach
1 1/2 red bell peppers, cut lengthwise into thin strips
4 tablespoons golden raisins
3 cups Napa cabbage, shredded
6 tablespoons Cumin Vinaigrette (recipe below)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Stir the salt, pepper, cumin, chile powder, and cinnamon together and rub all over the pork loin.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a 12-inch skillet and brown the meat on all sides.

4. Mix the brown sugar, garlic, and Tabasco and cover the meat. Put the pork in a roasting pan and cook for 20 minutes. (Here, I usually take the tenderloin out and cut it into 1/2″ slices so that it can cook through faster.)

5. Mix the spinach, cabbage, bell pepper slices, and raisins in a bowl, then spread over a large plate. Place the pork and orange slices over the greens and drizzle the dressing on top.

Cumin Vinaigrette
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 tablespoon orange juice
1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil

Whisk all the ingredients together until blended.

Click HERE for the printable recipe.


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  1. Hehe funny name but for real the pork isn’t alone is surrounded for wonderful vegs and love the addition of orange plus Tabasco..this is hot 🙂




  2. This is a power house of a salad. Will definitely be making this for myself very soon.


  3. I have a feeling this would make me feel like I was on an island vacation… And that is most definitely something I can get behind. Looks fabulous!


  4. Whoa this is not lacking in flavor! It looks intensely delicious!


  5. Billy’s enthusiasm for the dish is infections … and I’m guessing well deserved based on the awesome ingredients. It looks spectacular! Bonus that its healthy too. Nice!


  6. Good grief what an awful typo … I mean his enthusiasm is INFECTIOUS … in a good way!!!!



  7. Interesting. My husband went through P90X, P90X Plus, and is now working on Insanity. He lost a lot of weight and has really nice solid arms and legs, but he never got into the eating plan. He just decided to eat fewer sweets and more veggies and fruits – probably why he still has a bit of a gut instead of a 6-pack.

    Now I’m thinking I want to go through the literature and see what kind of great recipes I can find. This one looks easy and tasty and I would be happy to make it.


  8. It always shocks me too when I hear about a friend from college who is cooking up a storm in his or her kitchen. I think because I’ve only known them as they were in college — making grilled cheese sandwiches and heating up cans of soup. One of my friends who used to live by store bought chicken broth now makes her own from scratch! Love it! Just wish we could all get together and throw down our skills for a dinner party!


  9. Beautiful salad! And Yippeee for foodie friends! I love calling my buddies in other time zones to find out whatthey are making for dinner.


  10. This is funny and so true. I go back to Florida and visit friends who have never left and there are so many who love to cook, love great food and flavors and who are fabulous cooks. Will wonders never cease? I hope not! This is a great recipe – looks divine – and I always love fruit with meat. Thanks Billy!


  11. This is a terrific salad, I love the cumin vinaigrette!


  12. Wow, this is one great looking salad!


  13. This salad sounds amazing – so good, I’d probably be licking my plate. What a delicious treat.


  14. I am loving that rub he uses on the pork!


  15. The salad looks very satisfying and flavourful! And I really love your cumin vinaigrette!


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