Warm Pork and Pear Salad
Convenient items—like a salad mix and marinated pork loin—are the secret to this speedy salad that's tossed with a flavorful sweet-and-sour dressing.—Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania
Total TimePrep: 35 min. Cook: 20 min.
- 1 cup sliced sweet onion
- 1 tablespoon plus 1/3 cup canola oil, divided
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon molasses
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 package (1.7 pounds) lemon-garlic center cut pork loin fillet
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 package (10 ounces) Italian romaine and radicchio salad mix
- 2 medium pears, sliced
- 1/2 cup seedless red grapes
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
- 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
- In a large skillet, cook onion in 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool to room temperature.
- Place onion and vinegar in a blender; cover and process until onion is chopped. Add the molasses, sugar, salt and pepper; cover and process until blended. While processing, gradually add remaining oil in a steady stream. Pour dressing into a microwave-safe bowl; set aside.
- Cut pork into 1/4-in. slices. In a large skillet, cook pork in oil until no longer pink. Remove and cut into strips; keep warm.
- Microwave dressing on high for 30-60 seconds or until warmed; whisk until blended. Toss salad mix with 1/2 cup dressing; place on a serving platter. Top with pears, grapes and pork. Drizzle with remaining dressing; sprinkle with walnuts and cheese. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts1-3/4 cups: 680 calories, 49g fat (8g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 548mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 6g fiber), 36g protein.
Originally published as Warm Pork and Harvest Salad w/ Caramelized Sweet in Taste of Home Christmas Annual 2009
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