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Mediterranean Pork with Herbed Orzo

The following recipe and photography were provided courtesy of Julia of A Cedar Spoon.

Mediterranean Pork with Herbed Orzo is a quick, light meal that cooks in a cast-iron skillet on the stovetop.

Heinen’s pork tenderloin is cut into cubes and sprinkled with Italian seasoning and paprika and drizzled with honey to create sweet and savory meaty bites.

Mediterranean Pork with Herbed Orzo

Add this pork to a simple orzo salad for a refreshing and filling spring meal.

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Mediterranean Pork with Herbed Orzo
Mediterranean Pork with Herbed Orzo
Cook time:
29min
Prep time:
15min
Total time:
44min

Servings:
6

Ingredients

For the Pork

  • 2 - 2 1/2 lb. Heinen’s pork tenderloin, silver skin trimmed, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

For the Orzo Salad

  • 8 oz. orzo (try whole wheat for a healthier version), cooked according to package instructions
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 English cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. dill, chopped

For the Dressing

  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemons, juiced
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • Dash of salt and pepper

Instructions

For the Pork

  1. Remove the silver skin from the pork tenderloin. Place the pork tenderloin on a large cutting board and cut into 1-inch cubes.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the Italian seasoning, paprika, salt and pepper.
  3. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the pork.
  4. Drizzle the honey over the pork and then mix in the garlic.
  5. Heat the oil in a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Add the pork in a single layer and cook, stirring and flipping occasionally, for 10-12 minutes, or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145˚F.
  7. Once the pork is cooked, let it sit for 5 minutes.
  8. Once cooled, stir it into the orzo pasta salad and serve.

For the Orzo Salad

  1. Cook the orzo according to the package instructions. Let cool completely or run under cold water until cooled.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine the cucumber, feta cheese, tomatoes and arugula. Gently stir to combine.
  3. In a mason jar or salad dressing container, whisk together the red wine vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil.
  4. Add the orzo to the vegetables and mix well. Pour half of the dressing over the salad and toss.
  5. Sprinkle the basil, mint, dill and parsley over the salad and gently toss.
  6. If serving immediately, add more dressing if needed. Otherwise, refrigerate the remaining half of the dressing and the salad.

Mediterranean Pork with Herbed Orzo

By Julia Jolliff
Julia is all about creating quick and easy weeknight meal ideas, kid-friendly recipes and a few sweet treats. Her roots are from the Mediterranean and many of my recipes incorporate those flavors!

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