Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
4 servings

This hearty dinner salad is a fresh and flavorful entrée with a sweet kick of cranberries atop savory pork tenderloins.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine vinegar, mustard, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon thyme; set aside.

Step 2

Combine pork and remaining 1 teaspoon garlic, remaining 1 teaspoon thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; toss well to coat. Sprinkle pork mixture with flour; toss well. Let stand 5 minutes.

Step 3

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots to saucepan; cook 3 minutes or until shallots are tender and lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add cranberries and juice; cook until liquid is reduced to 2 tablespoons (about 2 minutes). Reduce heat to medium-low. Add vinegar mixture; cook 1 minute. Gradually add 1 tablespoon oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, stirring well with a whisk. Cover and keep warm.

Step 4

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of pork to skillet; cook 3 minutes or until browned, turning once. Remove pork from skillet. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and remaining pork. Toss pork with 1 tablespoon warm cranberry mixture.

Step 5

Combine spinach and pear in a large bowl. Drizzle with remaining cranberry mixture; toss well to coat. Arrange about 2 cups spinach mixture on each of 4 plates; top evenly with pork.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

sharon1964's Review

April 19, 2011
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.

FlexitarianCook's Review

March 27, 2010
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!!!

CAgirlinIA's Review

April 18, 2010
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.....

telrand's Review

April 13, 2010
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.

carolfitz's Review

April 16, 2010
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.)

alissewissman's Review

March 28, 2010
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.

AnglWords's Review

April 10, 2010
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!

crimegirl's Review

April 24, 2010
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!

JeffTracy86's Review

April 04, 2010
Really good! I grilled the tenderloin and sliced it after. Yum!

lessie29's Review

November 30, 2014