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Michael Symon's Pork Tenderloin with Heirloom Tomato Salad

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Over 120min
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Chef Michael Symon knows meat. This pork dish is the perfect example. It's spiced with cumin and coriander and served with a fresh heirloom tomato salad.
  • 2 pound pork tenderloin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seed (toasted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seed (toasted)
  • Zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 shallot (minced)
  • 2 ounces red wine vinegar
  • 4 ounces extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 cup toasted almonds
  • 4 ounces chicken stock
  • 2 cups watercress
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
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  • 1
    ¼ cup almonds
    1 teaspoon coriander seed
    ¼ teaspoon cumin seed
    Toast the almonds, the coriander and the cumin.
  • 2
    2 limes
    Zest the limes.
  • 3
    1 clove garlic
    1 shallot
    Mince the garlic and the shallots.
  • 4
    2 pound pork tenderloin
    Cut pork into 1 ½ - 2 inch thick medallions. 
  • 5
    3 tablespoon olive oil
    1 teaspoon salt
    Whisk together coriander, cumin, lime juice and zest, olive oil, salt, garlic and shallot.  Pour over pork and marinate for 2 hours.
  • 6
    2 ounces red wine vinegar
    4 ounces extra virgin olive oil
    1 teaspoon honey
    4 ounces chicken stock
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Heat unison pan over medium heat, remove pork from marinade and reserve.  Sear pork for 3 minutes per side in unison pan.  Put unison pan in the oven for 3 minutes. 
  • 7
    3 large heirloom tomatoes
    2 cups watercress
    ¼ cup mint leaves
    Remove unison pan from the oven and pull the pork from the pan.  Add marinade, stock, vinegar and honey to unison pan and bring to a simmer, reducing by 1/3.  Whisk in olive oil. 
  • 8
    Cut tomatoes into bite size pieces and mix with watercress, mint and almonds.
  • 9
    Place pork on a serving platter, toss warm dressing over tomato mixture and serve with the pork.

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