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Grilled Pork & Peach Salad

This Grilled Pork and Peach Salad is the perfect way to celebrate summer. Made with a juicy pork tenderloin and fresh peaches, it’s got a simple aged balsamic vinegar dressing. An easy and healthy recipe that’s gluten free, paleo, and Whole30 compliant!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Brining Time 8 hours
Servings 4
Calories 280kcal
Author Taryn Solie

Ingredients

  • 1.25 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 tbsp k salt
  • 4 peaches
  • 1.5 tbsp oil divided (1 & 0.5)
  • 1 head lettuce
  • Aged balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  • Pat the pork dry with a paper towel then remove the fat and silverskin of the pork with a large sharp knife. Measure out the kosher salt with a measuring spoon and sprinkle it over the pork. Spread it around with your hands until the pork is covered with the salt, then place the tenderloin on a plate and in the fridge, uncovered, for 8 hours.
  • Remove the pork from the fridge 30 minutes before you grill it. While the pork is sitting out, cut the peaches into eight pieces. First slice it in half all the way around with a large sharp knife. Remove the pit by using the tip of the knife to loosen it, then remove it with your fingers.
  • Cut each peach half into two pieces, then cut those pieces in half again, resulting in eight pieces of peach. Repeat the process with the second peach. Pour half a tablespoon of oil over the peach slices and rub the oil over each slice with your fingers. Make sure each slice is well covered so it doesn't stick to the grill. Pour the remaining tablespoon of oil over the pork and rub it all over with your hands, making sure it's fully covered.
  • Light the grill and bring the heat up to 375 degrees F. Use a pair of tongs to place the pork on the grill. Close the lid and cook it for 5 minutes, then use the tongs to flip the pork to the other side (so the side that was up is now on the grill and being cooked). Close the lid again and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • After the second 5 minutes, use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of the pork (we have used and loved our Thermapen for years - it's the purple one in the picture below). You want to pull the tenderloin off the grill at 140 degrees F. Cook the pork for an additional 3 to 8 minutes, depending on how thick it is and checking the temperature every couple of minutes as necessary.
  • When the pork has come to temperature, pull it off the grill and onto a cutting board and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes. While the pork is resting, grill the peaches. Use a pair of tongs to place the peach slices on the grill. Close the lid and cook for 2 minutes, then open the lid and flip the peaches onto the uncooked side. Close the lid again and grill for another 2 minutes, then remove the peach slices from the grill. Set aside.
  • Using a large knife, slice the pork into medallions (roughly half an inch wide). Put the lettuce on a large platter and place the sliced pork and peaches on it. Drizzle aged balsamic vinegar over everything and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Make sure not to brine the meat for too longIf you over brine the pork it will become too salty and inedible. Right around 8 hours is good.
  • If you’re not sure the best way to check the internal temperature of the meat, check out my article on how to use a meat thermometer.
  • You'll want to use freestone peaches for this recipe. These peaches are the types where the pit comes out easily – the typical yellow peaches you find at the store are freestone peaches.
  • This recipe calls for aged balsamic vinegar - the kind that is thick and slow to pour. If all you have is regular balsamic vinegar you'll want to make a reduction. Check out this recipe for an easy balsamic reduction to do so.

Nutrition

Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1820mg | Potassium: 939mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1839IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg