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Citrus-Cherry Pork & Pasta Salad

Citrus-Cherry Pork & Pasta SaladThis pork and pasta entrée salad comes together quickly, and most can be done ahead of time: steaming the broccoli, cooking the pasta, making the dressing. It needs only some hot French bread or rolls to complete the meal.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 whole pork tenderloin, about 1 pound, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/2 sweet yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
8 ounces penne (or other small pasta), cooked and drained
3 cups broccoli florets, steamed
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/3 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

Cooking Directions:

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over high heat. Add pork and onion; stir-fry 4 to 5 minutes or until pork is lightly browned and onion is tender; set aside.
  2. For dressing, whisk together orange juice, vinegar, salt, pepper and orange zest.
  3. In a large serving bowl toss together pork and onion, pasta, broccoli, cherries and walnuts with dressing.

Makes 6 servings.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of National Pork Board.