Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Relish Recipe
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Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Relish Recipe

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Pork tenderloin, one of the leanest sources of protein, is a smart, low-fat choice for an entrée. Our Test Kitchen gave it an herb rub to keep flavor high and sodium low, then paired it with a dried-cherry relish, rich in antioxidants, for a fabulous, heart-healthy meal as good for you as it is good!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon each dried oregano, tarragon and rosemary, crushed
  • 2 pork tenderloins (1 pound each), trimmed
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 217 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 23g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 0 starch, 3 lean meat, 0 fruit, 0 fat.


  1. In a small bowl, combine garlic powder and herbs; rub over pork. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. For relish, in a large saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add sugar; cook and stir over medium heat for 10 minutes or until onion is browned. Add the cherries, vinegar and rosemary. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
  3. Place pork on a rack in a shallow roasting pan lined with foil. Bake at 425° for 25-30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160°. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with relish. Yield: 8 servings (1 cup relish).
Originally published as Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Relish in Healthy Cooking February/March 2009, p14

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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twhite67 152582
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2010

"My family absolutely loved this recipe and constantly request it. I was a bit hesitant about the relish and if my family would like since it was mainly onions and cherries but they love that too. Great recipe."

Zafira Fauxhall 160880
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2010

"This easy to prepare recipe results in a spectacular finish! Your family or guests will think you spent hours in the kitchen to prepare this delicious dish. I changed the recipe slightly by using dried cranberries instead of cherries, only because I didn't have cherries on hand. I served the pork and relish along with baked sweet potatoes and steamed asparagus which resulted in a lovely presentation."

jcrockett 156582
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"I used stevia instead of the sugar."

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