Maple-Pork Wilted Salad


Warm maple syrup provides a sweet dressing for this pork and spinach salad recipe. Smoked cheese and almonds complete each dish.

Maple-Pork Wilted Salad
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
6 mins
Total Time:
31 mins


  • 8 cup fresh baby spinach or torn fresh spinach

  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped (about 1-1/2 cups)

  • cup thin red onion wedges

  • 12 ounce pork tenderloin

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped shallot (1 medium)

  • ¼ cup cider vinegar

  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup

  • cup shredded smoked gouda or cheddar cheese

  • ¼ cup butter-toffee glazed flavored sliced almonds or toasted sliced almonds


  1. In a large bowl, combine spinach, cucumber, and onion; set aside. Trim pork tenderloin. Cut pork tenderloin crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Season slices with salt and pepper. In a large skillet cook pork in 1 tablespoon of the hot oil over medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until meat is just slightly pink in center, turning once. Add pork to bowl with spinach mixture; set aside.

  2. For dressing, in the same skillet cook and stir the shallot in the remaining 1 tablespoon hot oil over medium heat about 2 minutes or until tender. Add vinegar and maple syrup. Simmer, uncovered, for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Pour dressing over spinach mixture, toss to coat. Arrange salad on serving plates. Top with cheese and almonds. Makes 4 main-dish servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

325 Calories
15g Fat
23g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 325
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 349mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Protein 24g
Calcium 191.8mg 15%
Iron 3.4mg 19%
Potassium 791mg 17%

*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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