Blackened Pork and Strawberry Salad

This super main dish salad will quickly become a favourite. Zesty pork tenderloin, crisp colourful greens and vegetables are topped with a tangy dressing.


  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) olive oil
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) white balsamic or white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) Ontario Honey
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped fresh Ontario Basil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Salt and pepper

Spice Rub:

  • 1 tsp (5 mL) each smoked paprika, salt, pepper, dried oregano and thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) or to taste cayenne pepper
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 1 lb (500 g) Ontario Pork Tenderloin


  • 4 cups (1 L) Ontario Strawberries, halved
  • 3-1/2 cups (875 mL) torn Ontario Romaine Lettuce
  • 2-1/2 cups (625 mL) Ontario Mixed Salad Greens
  • 1 Ontario Greenhouse Sweet Yellow Pepper cut in strips
  • 1 Ontario Carrot julienned
  • Half Ontario Greenhouse Cucumber halved and thinly sliced
  • Quarter Ontario Red Onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped fresh Ontario Basil
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) toasted sliced almonds


  • In large bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, honey, 2 tbsp (25 mL) basil, garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  • Spice Rub: In small bowl, combine paprika, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, cayenne pepper and garlic. Rub oil on pork. Rub spice mixture all over. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Salad: Place strawberries on greased grill pan over medium heat. Grill with lid open until starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • Increase heat to medium-high. Place pork on greased grill. Grill, covered, turning once, until meat thermometer inserted in thickest part registers 160 F (71 C), 12 to 15 minutes. Remove to cutting board. Tent with foil and let rest 10 minutes. Thinly slice.
  • On individual plates, arrange romaine, salad greens, yellow pepper, carrot, cucumber, onion and basil. Add strawberries and pork. Drizzle with dressing or serve dressing on the side. Sprinkle with almonds.


1 Serving
PROTEIN: 34 grams
FAT: 29 grams
FIBRE: 7 grams
SODIUM: 750 mg
SOURCE: Foodland Ontario
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