Photo: Ryan Dausch; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 35 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 salad)

Sambal oelek is a condiment you'll be happy to have on hand. Made by grinding together chiles, vinegar or lime, a touch of sugar, and salt, it's great in marinades and salad dressings, or it can add heat and complexity to a fruity mango salsa.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine 1 tablespoon sesame oil and next 5 ingredients (through shallot) in a mini food processor; process until smooth. Place pork in a large zip-top plastic bag. Set aside 1/4 cup marinade; add remaining marinade to bag, and seal. Marinate pork in refrigerator 1 hour, turning after 30 minutes.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 450°.

Step 3

Remove pork from bag; discard remaining marinade. Place pork on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Cook 25 minutes or until a ther­mometer inserted in thickest portion registers 140°. Let pork stand 10 minutes; thinly slice.

Step 4

Cook noodles according to the package directions; drain and toss with remaining 2 teaspoons sesame oil and lime juice. Divide noodles evenly among 4 bowls, and top each serving with 1/2 cup lettuce, 1/4 cup cucumber, and 2 tablespoons carrot. Drizzle each serving with 1 tablespoon reserved marinade. Divide pork slices evenly among bowls; top each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped peanuts and 1 lime wedge.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

sukeedog's Review

August 31, 2014
Tasty! I forgot to set aside the 1/4 c. marinade before adding the meat, so while the pork was in the oven I boiled the marinade a few minutes to make it safe. Then I mixed in the lime juice and olive oil and tossed everything together in a large bowl - the dressing, the noodles, the veggies, the pork. Cold leftovers were great for lunch the next day.

Interesting and very flavorful

October 15, 2015
I marinated the pork for 4 hours and grilled it on our Traeger.  Wonderful.  I think 1/2 cup of sauce would be better for dressing so next time I'll increase this amount for those who like it even hotter.  Had to sprinkle some cilantro over the top with the peanuts.  I only had iceberg lettuce so I'd be interested in that change.  Family's least favorite part was the lettuce.  Overall though, this one is a keeper.

carolfitz's Review

November 27, 2014
Very good but we made two changes. Marinated the tenderloin about 4hrs. Forgot to reserve part of the "clean" marinade so did without. Even so, very tasty. Served with CL's red curry squash soup.

brp206's Review

September 19, 2014