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: 3 lean meat, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 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 User ID: 1729693 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 User ID: 4054064 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 User ID: 3529238 156582
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"I used stevia instead of the sugar."

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