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Grilled Adobo Pork Tenderloin Salad With Plums and Almonds Recipe

Grilled Adobo Pork Tenderloin Salad With Plums and Almonds

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"Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce are the base of the marinade for this smoky pork tenderloin. The pork is grilled to perfection, and sliced into thin strips. Serve on a bed of baby greens or shredded Napa cabbage."

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  1. Puree first seven ingredients plus 2 Tbs. oil in a blender until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour all but 3/4 cup of mixture into a gallon-sized zipper bag. Add meat; seal and refrigerate 30 minutes to 4 hours. Whisk 1/4 cup olive oil into remaining mixture for a dressing.
  2. Brush plums with oil; season with salt and pepper. Toast almonds in a 350-degree oven for 4 minutes. Finely shred cabbage. Set all aside.
  3. Build a fire on one side of grill, so you have direct and indirect heat. When coals are covered with white ash, place plums, cut side down, and meat over direct heat; cover and grill until meat is well seared, 5 minutes. Then turn pork to sear other side, 5 minutes more, rearranging plums to ensure even browning. Move meat and plums to indirect heat; cover and grill 12 to 13 minutes, or until meat thermometer inserted in thickest end of meat registers 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).
  4. Remove meat and plums to a platter; let sit 5 minutes or up to 1 hour. Cut pork, crosswise, into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Toss cabbage with almonds, salt, pepper and most of dressing. Arrange slaw in each of six shallow bowls. Place a portion of pork over each and 2 plum halves alongside. Drizzle with remaining dressing; garnish with cilantro.
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  • At least 10 minutes before cooking, turn all burners on high. Clean rack with a wire brush, then use tongs to wipe paper towels soaked in vegetable oil over it. Place meat on rack. Cover; cook without turning until well seared, about 7 minutes. Add plums, cut side down, and turn meat; continue to grill, covered, until other side of pork is seared, about 6 minutes. Turn off grill and let pork and plums continue to cook, covered, for 5 minutes, or until meat thermometer inserted in thickest end of meat registers 145 to 150 degrees.
  • Copyright 2005 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 08, 2005

This was hotter than we like but very good. The meat was grilled perfectly and we liked the grilled plums....they helped cut the heat! Would leave out some of the peppers if I make it again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 06, 2010

I thought the pork was perfectly seasoned, a nice mix of sweet and spicy. I would have like the plums to be a more dominant flavor, like in a plum sauce. I was expecting the flavor to be sweeter to cut the spice, but it wasn't enough. The flavor combo was good, though. If I make it again, I will use plum jam or plum sauce.


7 Ratings

Jun 25, 2005

I originally saw this in the paper and decided to make it that weekend. I cut way back on the oil to keep it lower fat. I goofed on the ingredients and used orange juice instead of concentrate, so I also replaced the water with orange juice. We like things spicy, so I add more chipotle peppers. The family won't eat the plums or the almonds, so I just leave those out. I often leave this to marinate for 24 hours or more and sometimes add a bit of soy sauce to the leftover dressing and reduce it. Fantastic recipe, I highly recommend this one.

Aug 11, 2009

I used the recipe to make tacos using corn torltilla's. They were delicious! My whole family went nuts over it as we served a total of 35 tacos.

Mar 01, 2008

I didn't turn this into a salad, but just used the recipe for the marinated grilled pork and plums. It turned out great, and the leftovers were excellent in a flour tortilla with some sliced avocado and sour cream!

May 03, 2010

The marinade was delicious - I could see using it for chicken or shrimp as well. I used pineapple juice concentrate instead of OJ and it was great. I also enjoyed the cabbage as an interesting alternative to other greens or rice.

Aug 06, 2015

I had high hopes for this dinner. The marinade was great, but it fell flat with the other ingredients. For us, the salad was just lacking in flavor. Thought the addition of some green onions and maybe diced tomato would help. We did enjoy the taste of the marinade and then the marinade turned dressing. The plums were very good on the grill and didn't get mushy in the six minute grill time. We used a gas grill rather than a charcoal grill. I served this over Napa cabbage as the recipe states, but wonder if it would have been more pleasing to use the baby greens as submitter suggests as an alternative. We had 'Everything Bagel Cauliflower Rolls' from Pinterest with the salad.


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  • Calories
  • 477 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 84 mg
  • 28%
  • Fat
  • 28.5 g
  • 44%
  • Fiber
  • 4.3 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 32 g
  • 64%
  • Sodium
  • 306 mg
  • 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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