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.

Chilling Time: 1 hour ; Grilling Time: 20 minutes

Preparation Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 4



-        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) cayenne pepper (or to taste)

-        1 clove garlic, minced

-        1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil     

-        1 Ontario Pork Tenderloin (1 lb/500 g)            


-        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

-        CARBOHYDRATE: 35 grams

-        CALORIES: 530    

-        FIBRE: 7 grams

-        SODIUM: 750 mg


SOURCE: Foodland Ontario