Tuesday, June 2, 2009

oh kid, it's summertime again...

This is my favorite time of year. It's one of those nights where everyone is sitting on their front porch, all the windows are open, the fans are on high, and it's just barely enough to cut the heat. We can sit outside, enjoy the breeze, chat with the neighbors and listen to music. I love the intro to this song so much...

It's definitely the time of year to eat salads, so I hit up epicurious to find some good ones. Tonight, I made one that was a hit with Tavo--he's always been a fan of fruit and meat in a salad. Just an FYI, this salad will heat up your kitchen.

Island Pork Tenderloin Salad
Gourmet 2003

*slightly altered version*

For pork

2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 pork tenderloins (I got the smaller ones)
olive oil

For glaze

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon Tabasco

For vinaigrette

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon curry powder, toasted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil

For salad (I actually used endive instead of napa)

1-2 navel oranges
5 ounces baby spinach, trimmed (6 cups leaves)
4 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage (from 1 medium head)
1 red bell pepper, cut lengthwise into thin strips
1-2 firm-ripe California avocados

Prepare pork:
Preheat oven to 350°F.

Stir together salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and cinnamon, then coat pork with spice rub.

Heat oil in an ovenproof 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until just beginning to smoke, then brown pork, turning, about 4 minutes total. Leave pork in skillet.

Make glaze and roast pork:
Stir together brown sugar, garlic, and Tabasco and pat onto top of each tenderloin. Roast in middle of oven until thermometer inserted diagonally in center of each tenderloin registers 140°F, about 20 minutes. Let pork stand in skillet at room temperature 10 minutes. (Temperature will rise to about 155°F while standing.)

Make vinaigrette while pork roasts:
Whisk together juices, mustard, curry powder, salt, and pepper, then add oil in a stream, whisking until emulsified.

Prepare salad ingredients while pork stands:
Cut peel, including white pith, from oranges with a sharp knife, then cut oranges crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Toss spinach, cabbage, bell pepper, and raisins in a large bowl with about 1/4 cup vinaigrette. Halve, pit, and peel avocados, then cut diagonally into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

Assemble salad:
Cut pork at a 45-degree angle into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Line a large platter with dressed salad and arrange sliced pork, oranges, and avocados in rows on top. Drizzle some vinaigrette over avocados and oranges. Pour any juices from skillet over pork.


doggybloggy said...

hey there vegetarian you sure made some perfect looking pork!

TavoLini said...

Yeah, there is a sad, lonely little veggie salad in the background of one of those pics for me ;) I should've grabbed some tempeh or something!

Jenn said...

With or without the pork that salad looks mighty refreshing. Although, I wouldn't mind having a little pork on mine. =)

carrie said...

cool! i like your tattoo, too.

Selba said...

Sounds that Summer is the best season for you :)

As for me, since I'm living in only 2 seasons (hot and rainy), I prefer when the weather cool down (like the rain but not the flood, hehehe).

Yes, the intro of the song is nice!

Yummm.. the salad looks so perfect for summer time :)

tommie said...

Do you think that would taste okay with chicken?? I might give it a try.

The Blonde Duck said...

Looks good to me!

TavoLini said...

Jenn--it is good, regardless. I'm thinking the pork is better, because I was content with one bowl, and Tavo needed another one (or two)

Carrie--thanks for stopping by the blog :)

Selba--I bet I would get tired of the heat, too, if there were only two seasons...but then again, I might not ;)

Tommie--probably, though I would definitely reduce the cooking time.