Thursday, April 19, 2012

Herb Roasted Pork Loin with a Spring Kale Salad

Roasting a pork loin with herbs and onions is one of the easiest ways to create a delicious Paleo meal in no time! Served along side a refreshing kale salad, this is a perfect quick summer meal you will want to have again and again.

Pork Loin Roast

1.5-2 pound center cut pork loin roast (light in color)
1 tablespoon Herbes de Provence
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 cloves fresh garlic minced
1 large sweet onion sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

1.) Pre heat oven to 325 degrees. In a large cast iron skillet, heat 1 tablespoon EV coconut oil over medium high heat. Season roast with Herbes de Provence, garlic powder, sea salt and black pepper.
2.) Place the roast in the hot skillet and cook on each side until lightly brown (about 4 minutes per side) and the roast lifts easily from the skillet.
3.) In a large Dutch oven, add in the sliced onions and lay seared roast on top of the onions.
4.) Add the minced garlic to the cast iron skillet and cook for 2 minutes or until garlic starts to brown. Add in wine and turn off heat. Continue cooking garlic and wine 1 more minute, scrapping brown bits from bottom of pan. Pour wine and garlic sauce over roast in Dutch oven and cover with the lid.
5.) Place roast in pre heated oven for 1 hour or until roast is desired tenderness.

Spring Kale Salad

5 cups fresh Kale washed, chopped and stems removed
3 pieces of nitrate free bacon
1 cloves fresh garlic minced
1 tablespoon fresh sweet onion minced
1/2 cup fresh sliced strawberries
1/2 cup EVOO
1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
Sea salt and pepper to taste
*For Primal recipe, add fresh shaved Parmesan cheese to salad.

1.) Cook bacon in cast iron skillet until crisp. Remove and place on a paper towel. Add the garlic and onion to the bacon fat and cook for 2-3 minutes until caramelized. Remove from heat.
2.) Place kale in a large bowl. Top with strawberries. In a separate dish, whisk together EVOO, red wine vinegar, sea salt, pepper and caramelized garlic and onions. Pour dressing oven kale and mix well.
3.) Cover salad and place in refrigerator for at least 10 minutes. Before serving, stir in crumbled bacon.
*Add shaved Parmesan if desired.

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