Garlic Pork with Kale and Walnut Barley


Our Garlic Pork with Kale and Walnut Barley recipe is a truly unique and delicious dish. By artfully combining the flavors from the pork tenderloin, dried thyme, bacon, walnuts, fresh kale and dried figs, you can create this one-of-a-kind, crowd-pleasing meal for your dinner table today!

Garlic Pork with Kale and Walnut Barley
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
18 mins
Roast Time:
25 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 13 mins


  • 1 1 pound pork tenderloin

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 3 strips lower-sodium less-fat bacon, chopped

  • 3 cup torn, trimmed fresh kale

  • ½ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • cup quick-cooking barley

  • ¼ cup snipped dried figs

  • 2 tablespoon cider vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Trim fat from meat. In a small bowl combine garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle on pork; rub in with your fingers. Place pork on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.

  2. Roast, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 145°F. Remove pork from pan. Cover; let stand for 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until it begins to brown. Add kale and walnuts. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes or until bacon is cooked through, walnuts are lightly toasted, and kale is tender. Remove kale mixture from the skillet and set aside.

  4. Add broth and barley to the same skillet. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until barley is tender, adding figs for the last 1 minute of cooking. Drain, if necessary. Stir in kale mixture and vinegar.

  5. Slice pork and serve with barley mixture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

371 Calories
13g Fat
32g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 371
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 406mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 61.4mg 307%
Calcium 122mg 9%
Iron 3.5mg 19%
Potassium 860mg 18%
Folate, total 38.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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