Santa Fe Salad with Grilled Pork Tenderloin

This easy entrée salad is mostly a matter of assembly—the bed of the salad is convenient pre-cut lettuce, topped with contemporary canned vegetables, grilled pork tenderloin and a tangy vinaigrette. Serve with mini corn muffins for a complete meal.

Santa Fe Salad

Prep: 15 min | Cook: 15 min | Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 pork tenderloin, about 1 pound
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 6 cups leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 1 (15 1/2 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (12 ounce) can corn, drained
  • 1 (7 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and cut into strips
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fruit vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed
  • salt, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro sprigs


  1. Rubs all surfaces of the pork tenderloin with rub. Grill over medium-hot fire for about 20 minutes, turning occasionally, until internal temperature, read with a meat thermometer, is 145 degrees F.
  2. Let tenderloin rest for 5 minutes while composing salad.
  3. On each of four dinner plates arrange a bed of chopped lettuce.
  4. Divide beans, corn, roasted pepper and onion and arrange on top of lettuce.
  5. In small bowl, stir together oil, vinegar, honey, red pepper and salt for dressing.
  6. Slice tenderloin and divide equally; arrange slices on top of salads.
  7. Drizzle dressing over salad and garnish with cilantro.


Nutrition per serving: Calories: 460 calories Protein: 33 grams Fat: 19 grams Sodium: 1330 milligrams Cholesterol: 75 milligrams Saturated Fat: 3 grams Carbohydrates: 40 grams

Recipe and photo used with permission from: National Pork Board