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Grilled Pork Tenderloin
with balsamic tortellini salad

Active: 30 min Total: 50 min

Pork tenderloin is an easy and versatile protein that gains flavor and tenderness when paired with a lemony marinade.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Grilled Pork Tenderloin:
  • Lemons - 1, zest
  • Oil, cooking - 3 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 Tbsp
  • Honey - 2 Tbsp
  • Garlic powder - 1 tsp
  • Paprika - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Pork tenderloin - 1 lb
  • Zucchini - 1 lb, spears
  • Italian seasoning - 1 tsp
  • Stock, any type - 1/2 cup (only if cooking on stovetop / oven; skip if using grill)
Balsamic Tortellini Salad:
  • Pasta, uncooked tortellini - 8 oz
  • Tomatoes, cherry or grape - 1 cup, halved
  • Basil - 8 leaves, chiffonade
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 1 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Make marinade - Zest lemons. Combine lemon zest, first part of cooking oil, soy sauce, honey, garlic powder, paprika, and salt. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Marinate pork - Combine pork with marinade. Tenderize with a fork. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to 2 days. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  3. Pasta - (If prepping right before cooking, get grill / oven heating before continuing with prep.) Cook pasta according to package directions. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Zucchini / Tomatoes - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  5. Basil - Chiffonade basil.

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Make

  1. If cooking on the grill: Heat a grill to 450F / 232C, keeping one part over direct heat and one part over indirect heat.
  2. If cooking on the stovetop / oven : Heat oven to 450F / 232C.
  3. Remove pork from marinade (discard marinade) and season with some salt and pepper.
  4. Brush or toss zucchini spears with second part of cooking oil. Season with Italian seasoning and some salt.
  5. {grill}: Place pork and zucchini over direct heat. Cook, turning to sear on all sides, until both pork and zucchini are golden brown. Transfer to indirect heat and continue cooking with the lid closed until pork reaches 145F / 63C degrees and zucchini is tender.
  6. {stovetop / oven}: Brush a skillet with some cooking oil and place over medium-high heat. Add pork and sear on all sides for 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown.
  7. {stovetop / oven}: Pour stock into skillet. Place zucchini spears around or on top of pork. Cover loosely with foil and bake in the oven for 14 to 16 minutes or until pork reaches 145F / 63C degrees and zucchini is tender.
  8. Transfer pork to a cutting board and rest, covered, for 10 minutes.
  9. While pork rests, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, and lemon juice. Add pasta, tomatoes, and basil. Toss everything together to combine. Season with some salt and pepper.
  10. Slice pork and serve with zucchini and pasta salad on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (64)
Gluten-free (5)
Paleo (11)
Vegetarian (20)

53 reviews

A great marinade!

By: Amanda
Posted: Jun 08, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Grilled the Pork after I left it marinade for 30 minutes...Delicious!

By: Marla
Posted: Apr 16, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Searched for something to use up some leftover tortellini and so glad I did! We really liked this one and look forward to trying it again once it’s nice out and we can use the bbq. I used extra tomatoes, added spinach and feta to the salad because I needed to use it up and doubled the recipe to make sure everything was coated. Turned out great.

By: Tiffany
Posted: Feb 22, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The tortellini salad is why I'm giving this 5 stars, haha.

By: Tiffany
Posted: Nov 16, 2018
Diet: Original
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Pork marinade and cooking instructions make the meat delicious! Zucchini def would have been better had I had a grill. Did the tortellini salad as advised, but think next time I'd nix the balsamic and trade for pesto. Seems more summer-y and less harsh to me.

By: Beth
Posted: Sep 10, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The pork was really great! Had with some roasted broccoli as we are not big fans of zucchini. I also added goat cheese to the tortellini.

By: Kathryn
Posted: Sep 05, 2018
Diet: Original
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