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Za'atar Pork Tenderloin
with arugula and radish salad

Active: 25 min Total: 40 min
Inspired by a similar recipe from 2018, za'atar spice mix is a great complement to pork tenderloin.
Smarts: This recipe takes advantage of the time needed to rest the pork after cooking by whisking up a quick pan sauce. Feel free to add some hot sauce or other spices to the basic recipe provided for pan sauce to make it your own.


Pork Tenderloin with Za’atar:
  • Za'atar - 1 Tbsp
  • Garlic powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Pork tenderloin - 1 1/2 lbs
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Stock, any type - 1/2 cup + 1/2 cup
  • Foil - for roasting
  • Butter - 3 Tbsp
  • Arrowroot powder - 1 tsp
Arugula and Radish Salad:
  • Radishes - 6 , thinly sliced
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 2 tsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
  • Arugula - 5 oz
  • Almonds, sliced - 1/4 cup


  1. Make za’atar rub - Combine za’atar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Radishes - Halve and slice radishes. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  3. Season pork - Tenderize pork with a fork. Rub seasoning on all sides.

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  1. Heat oven 425F / 218C.
  2. Heat an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then pork. Sear on all sides for 2 to 3 minutes each, until golden brown.
  3. Pour first portion of stock into skillet, cover loosely with foil, and bake in the oven for 16 to 20 minutes or until pork reaches 145F / 63C degrees.
  4. While pork is roasting, in a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, and honey. Add olive oil while whisking. Top vinaigrette with arugula, radishes, and almonds. Set aside.
  5. Transfer cooked pork to a cutting board (leave cooking liquid in the skillet) and let rest, covered with foil, for 10 minutes.
  6. Transfer skillet to stovetop (carefully - the handle will be very hot!) over medium-high heat. Add butter and then arrowroot powder to melted butter. Stir until no dry spots remain.
  7. Add second portion of stock while whisking. Simmer until sauce thickens, ~2 minutes.
  8. Just before serving, slice pork and toss salad.
  9. Serve pork with pan sauce spooned over top. Enjoy salad on the side.



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