Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry Mango Salsa

Now that I’m a mom I look forward to Mother’s day.  This year the boys and my husband went all out to make sure I was taken care of on the special day.  It began with a leisurely stroll on our local greenway.  I enjoyed the pitch perfect weather and my boys (with the exception of Alex) enjoyed the fact that the cicadas have pretty much taken claim over the entire city.  It’s a once every thirteen year phenomenon and we’re smack in the middle of it.  Nick, being all boy, found joy in grabbing them by the wings and letting them go to fly away once again.  Drew just chased them up and down the walking bridge laughing the entire time.  Only Alex had no desire to jump into the bug fray.  In fact, I think he was a little “bugged out” by the time we finished the adventure.  That’s my boy.

We followed up the walk with a stop at the local yogurt shop and an afternoon nap for me.  That’s right a nap.  I don’t think I’ve had one of those since I was three years old and it.felt.great. When I got back up and joined the land of the living, this is what I came down to witness:

My husband, who hasn’t set foot in the kitchen more than twice in our married lives to cook a full on meal, was doing just that.  I tell ya, I could get used to this.  It’s too bad Mother’s day is only once a year.

It’s back to normal life today and back to the dinner grind.  If you’d like to get your husband cooking, this meal is a great segway into the kitchen.  It involves the grill (the manly aspect of the meal) and a simple yet flavorful salsa that seriously makes the dish (the almighty segway).

To whip up the marinade, you’ll grab up a gallon sized ziplock and add in some balsamic, olive oil, cumin, coriander, lime juice, garlic, and salt.  Add in your pork, close er up, and let it rest in the fridge for a couple hours.

When you’re ready to cook up a delicious grill inspired dinner, heat it up and get that gorgeous loin cooking.  And I do mean gorgeous.

Once it’s cooked through and the temperature registers 145 degrees in the thickest part of the loin, remove and cover it with foil for about 5 minutes.

Now’s the time to put together that gorgeous salsa.  I’m seeing some mango, strawberries, mint, cilantro, avocado along a few other surprises in that bowl.  Trust me, they all belong there.

Mix it together, slice up that tantalizing loin, and drop a heaping spoonful (or three) of that gorgeous salsa over the top.  A feast fit for a kitchen loving husband.  I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s day!

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Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry Mango Salsa

Total Time: 2 hour 30 min


For the Marinade:

1-2 Pound Pork Tenderloin
2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Coriander
1 Lime, Juiced
1/2 tsp Salt

For the Salsa:

2 Cups Strawberries, Chopped
5-10 Mint Leaves, Chopped
2 Tbsp Cilantro, Chopped
1 Small Avocado, Chopped
1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 Cup Yellow Pepper, Chopped (about 1/3 of the pepper)
1/2 Mango, Chopped
1/2 Lime, Juiced
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Honey


Mix together all the marinade ingredients with the exception of the pork loin in a gallon sized ziploc bag.

Add the pork to the bag, seal and let marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

When you're ready to cook up the pork, fire up the grill on medium-high heat (around 425 degrees).

Place the pork loin on the grill and cook for about 10-15 minutes, flipping once. The pork will be done when the temperature in the thickest part of the loin reaches 145 degrees.

Remove the loin from the grill and cover with aluminum foil. Let sit for 5 minutes.

While the loin is sitting, grab up the ingredients for your salsa, drop them into a bowl and toss them up.

Slice up the finished pork and serve the strawberry mango salsa over the top.

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18 Responses to “Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry Mango Salsa”

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    Beth — May 10, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    Sounds like you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! This tenderloin looks delicious.

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    Kay @ The Church Cook — May 10, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    oh, wow! What a labor of love! Beautiful food and recipes!! Looks like you had a wonderful mother’s day, Julie! :)

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    Biren @ Roti n Rice — May 10, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    Sounds like you had a relaxing Mother’s Day! If only we can celebrate it more than once a year…

    That tenderloin and salsa looks really delicious! Your hubby did well!

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    Laura in Cancun — May 10, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    Ok, pork + grill + salsa = the perfect meal for Jorge to make. He loves all of those things!!

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    Faith — May 10, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    Your husband is just like mine.. Mike doesn’t set a foot in the kicthen but to eat or drink. I am glad you had a good mother’s day Julie. The meal looks wonderful. although I don’t eat pork but I might change my mind after seeing this :)

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    Rita — May 10, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    Of course I had to print this one too. We bought a new BBQ and my quest is to find now recipes. We love pork tenderloin and love that fact that I can easi;y make this for . Love the sound of that salsa.

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    Jenna — May 10, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    I definitely need a grill, because that meats looks scrumptious. There’s nothing like grill marks to get my mouth watering . . . add some fruit like you salsa, and WOW.
    I was in Bloomington, Indiana when the cicada cycle hit, and it was INSANE. There was this tree near a bus stop where I waited regularly, and the cicadas had completely taken over the tree. It was so loud with buzzing that (and you’re not going to believe this) as my husband and I tried to have a conversation, we actually couldn’t hear each other. Yep.

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    anne — May 10, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    Gorgeous! Happy M day, girlfriend! anne

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    cooking rookie — May 10, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

    So beautiful! You can feel how flavorful and juicy it is just by looking at it!
    Yum! I wish I had some :-)

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    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book — May 10, 2011 @ 11:51 pm

    There is also your Birthday – hubby and the kids could do it all over again. 😉
    What an incredible day and meal. This has to be the best dish I have seen all year – positively fantastic!
    :-) Mandy

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — May 11, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

    I love that picture of your husband! :) So intense about making the meal perfect. And it does look perfect! Happy belated Mother’s Day!

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    5 Star Foodie — May 11, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

    The strawberry mango salsa sounds so refreshing and wonderful paired with pork, an excellent meal!

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    Ameena — May 11, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

    I just have to say that your kitchen is the exact same kitchen my parents have! Crazy.

    I love salsa and strawberry mango sounds even more delicious. Thank you for sharing!

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    grace — May 12, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    that salsa is absolute perfection–strawberry and mint, avocado and cilantro, so many happy pairings all mingled together. excellent.

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    Maranda — May 18, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

    This looks beautiful! And what a great flavor combination!! I’m so glad you were spoiled for mother’s day!!! You deserved it!!!!!

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    Kathy — May 25, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

    This looks so very good! I can just imagine all the flavors combined – brilliant!

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    Quay Po Cooks — May 26, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    What a co-incidence, my hubby make the same meal last night. It is great to know you had a wonderful Mother’s day. Nothing is more joyful to have a meal cooked by your other half for you.

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    val — May 27, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    This looks like such an incredible meal!

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