Pork Tenderloin, Pear, and Cranberry Salad

  • carolfitz Posted: 04/16/10
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    Made to recipe except subbed fresh thyme & no-sugar-added cranberry/grape juice because that's what we had. I think we could have done without the 1tbs oil when cooking the pork medallions -- spray oil would have done just fine. Very attractive presentation, nice combo of flavors. (To address the 4for$10 debate: we only purchased tenderloin, spinach, pear -- everything else was on hand -- so for us it was probably less.)

  • telrand Posted: 04/13/10
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    Made this last night with pork chops instead of tenderloin. It was delicious!! I braised the pork chops in some of the dressing with added chicken stock and it thickened nicely from the flour on the pork. I did make double the dressing only single of the oil in the dressing. Will definitely make again.

  • 2BPaulaB Posted: 06/14/10
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    One of my new favorite recipes to serve to company. It does take a little bit of time, but well worth it. For that reason I wouldn't consider it for a quick lunch salad like one reviewer hoped for. I often leave out or cut back on onions or shallots in other recipes but I think the shallots really define the flavor here.

  • CAgirlinIA Posted: 04/18/10
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    This is one of the best things I have ever tasted....and I'm 57! I made this exactly per the recipe except I couldn't find the correct type of pear and had to substitute a Bartlett. But this recipe is excellent and I will make it again and again.....

  • PinkCamel Posted: 04/14/10
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    I have not made this dish (though I make something like it with pork and cranberries), but I am rating this 1 star for the pricing. Where does this person shop?? Where can you find pork tenderloin, spinach, cranberries, and shallots for under $2.38 a person, let alone all the other ingredients? This recipe may be delicious, but economical? I'd like to see how they calculated this miraculous #...

  • AnglWords Posted: 04/10/10
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    This was fabulous! It tasted like an item you would order in a restaurant so I would consider it for a special occasion. Even my husband raved. He really liked the way the pork was done. I wanted a lighter dinner because we ate out the night before. I served bread and steamed broccoli and Voila!

  • emanning Posted: 03/30/10
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    We loved this recipe. My husband is generally not a fan of salads as a main course, but he loved this recipe, too. We used boneless pork chops (cut up into 1/4 inch pieces) instead of pork tenderloin and cooked a full recipe of the cranberry mixture for just the two of us. We will definitely add this one to our repertoire. We served this with some crusty garlic bread.

  • Saecca Posted: 04/10/10
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    AMAZING SALAD!! I made this for my family who normally don't care for pork or salads for dinner (I know it was a risk, but I like those things, and I cook, lol). So, when they came back and said it was really good-- I knew this was really good. I would suggest doubling the shallots, cranberry juice, and cranberry mixture, but I like a bit more "dressing" on the salad. I would definitely make this again!!

  • JeffTracy86 Posted: 04/04/10
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    Really good! I grilled the tenderloin and sliced it after. Yum!

  • FlexitarianCook Posted: 03/27/10
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    AMAZING! The preparation of this pork was to die for! Amazing flavor, amazing tenderness! The cranberry with the flavor of the meat was just amazing. It was a little oily for my taste, so I would probably not cook the meat in oil, but in cooking spray or something like that. This preparation would also be great on the grill!!! Will definitely make again!!!

  • sarahjones Posted: 04/15/10
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    I made this and will make again I like the combo of pork and cranberries. To answer the person of it being more than $10. You can do it you can buy the pork tenderloin that is cut from the butcher which is cheaper versus the larger pork tenderloin. Also I bought the cranberries from the bulk area and a pear. It cost me $9 so it is possible.

  • MrsDavis Posted: 03/28/10
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    Wonderful recipe. I would definitely double the cranberry/shallot mixture. The only change I made was to use dried cherries for a 'meatier' dried fruit. My husband had it for lunch the next day and said that the spinach held its texture well and the meat reheated without a problem.

  • TheresaSF Posted: 04/26/10
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    My fiance and I couldn't believe how restaurant quality this dish tasted. Pork tenderloin is rarely on sale at my store so I used boneless thin-cut pork chops and the recipe turned out fantastic. Will definitely make again.

  • NancyT57 Posted: 04/13/10
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    Reply to Jaime - This is in the category for "Feed 4 for $10.00". You can easily get these ingredients for $10.00 or less and especially if you look for the pork tenderloin on sale which my grocer often has. You divide the $10.00 by 4 and it will cost you about $2.50 per serving. I haven't tried this yet but with the wonderful combination of ingredients, I bet it's terrific. I'm making it this weekend and I'll repost with my opinion.

  • Lauramcb Posted: 04/13/10
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    Great salad and works as a meal. My husband also is not big into salads for dinner but loved it. I didn't have shallots so I used onion. I had a little crumbled blue cheese and added that at the end.

  • alissewissman Posted: 03/28/10
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    Fantastic! My husband just kept saying how it was the best thing he'd ever had. I cut the oil down in the cooking of the pork, and I will probably make more of the dressing in the future.

  • crimegirl Posted: 04/24/10
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    We made this tonight and it was so delicious! The pears really do make it. If you find it to be a little too sweat from the pears and dried cranberries/juice mix, adding just a touch of blue cheese crumbles is a nice addition. We didn't have any spinach on hand but mixed greens worked perfectly with it. We'll make this again!

  • AmyStuhr Posted: 04/12/10
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    Without the thyme - this is a 5 star salad. Too "thymey" even as I made it with a 1/4 t.....Plenty of flavor without it, and if you aren't a fan of thyme one and 1/4 t of thyme is A LOT.....

  • cookinanne Posted: 05/16/10
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    I was so disappointed after reading the reviews, I expected much more. I make salads for my lunch every day and was so surprised at the work involved in this recipe. I make chicken or fish in this manner but broiled and add ingredients to the salad, way too much work and don't like all the oil and frying involved for the pork. I agree about the cost too, the tenderloin is expensive. I won't make this again and I wonder about the people who thought it was so good, don't they ever make salads?

  • MelanieOM Posted: 05/30/10
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    Delicious! Substituted on-hand 'like' ingredients--apple for pear, dried cherries for cranberry, small onion for shallot, cranberry/blueberry 100% juice. We are eager to have the leftovers for tonight's dinner.

  • Hooptwin Posted: 11/29/10
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    The pork in this salad tastes phenomenal! We used leftover meat in sandwiches and wraphs for lunch the rest of the week. Definitely a new family favorite!

  • EHJ0223 Posted: 01/10/11
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    This one is a staple in our household. This is one of the few types of salads my husband will eat for dinner. A whole tenderloin can get a little expensive, especially if I'm only cooking for two, so this also works with chops, that I slice up into strips after cooking and top the salad.

  • daneanp Posted: 06/04/11
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    Outstanding salad. I did cut back the olive oil, mostly by cooking the pork tenderloin whole (after using a rub of the garlic, thyme, salt and pepper on it) on our traeger grill then slicing the pork to top the salad after dressing the spinach. Next time I want to be sure to heat up the dressing a bit more before dressing the leaves so it slightly wilts the spinach. The flavor was amazing. We will definitely have this on our regular rotation and I wouldn't hesitate serving it to guests. Thanks for another great recipe CL!

  • sharon1964 Posted: 04/19/11
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    Couldn't find ripe pears so used champagne mango instead, and my husband (who likes pears) said it couldn't have been any better. It was delicious! Will definitely make this again.

  • lcm073 Posted: 10/12/11
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    serve this to company! It is that good.

  • shelliemac Posted: 06/09/13
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    Really really good! I am going to double the cranberry mixture next time. Otherwise, wouldn't change a thing! It was very easy to make. I sliced and seasoned the pork ahead of time and kept it in the fridge until I was ready to cook. I cooked the pork and the cranberry mixture at the same time and it was done in a snap! Served with crusty garlic bread. Yum!

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