Thursday, May 28, 2009

Adobo pork tenderloin with grilled pineapple salsa

Some of the most unexpected ingredients come to life on the grill. Ever tried grilled lettuce? If you haven’t, you should; trust me on that one. In this recipe, pineapple is tossed on the grill to create a unique and delicious salsa for pork tenderloin.

The pork tenderloin is marinated in a mixture of lime juice, garlic and spices. While the pork marinates, the pineapple and some vegetables go onto the grill. The original recipe called for grilling the pineapple with red and yellow bell peppers, and left the red onion and jalapeno raw. I figured that I might as well throw everything onto the grill; I prefer cooked onion over raw onion anyways.

grilled vegetablesThe pineapple only needs a few minutes to cook through – the grilling process really intensifies the flavor of the fruit.

grilled pineappleOnce the pineapple and vegetables are done, they’re coarsely chopped and mixed with lime juice and cilantro to create a salsa.

grilled pineapple salsa
After the salsa is made, the pork goes onto the grill. I tend to cook pork until it’s just slightly pink on the inside.

The pork and pineapple salsa is a great flavor combination, but I could also see this salsa being great on chicken or fish.

pork with pineapple salsa

66 comments:

Ingrid said...

Sounds wonderful! I prefer pork over beef and chicken anyday. I haven't tried grilling pineapple or any other fruit. I'm always a bit wigged out about grilling fruit on the grill. You know with the meat having been cooked on there. I guess I could do it before the meat, duh.
~ingrid

Sarah said...

I was just tryiing to figure out what to do with the leftover smoked pork from memorial day, I think i'll try it with this salsa!

Wandering Coyote said...

I love grilled pineapple! Your meal looks so beautiful...

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

grilled lettuce? I'll have to try that!

pinepple is awesome on the grill... as is almost any fruit. I also really like grilled peaches.

Stacey Snacks said...

Beautiful photos.
This is on my list to make this weekend. So fresh and healthy!

Lynda said...

This looks amazing, Sara!I love pineapple salsa, and pared with this tasty pork has got to be heavenly!
Your pictures are awsome!

Barbara Bakes said...

Such gorgeous colors in the salsa!

teresa said...

OH my gosh, I can only imagine how delicious this is! Looks beautiful!

Selba said...

It looks so gorgeous and yummy!

Tracey said...

I love the colorful salsa! Grilled pineapple is the best.

Laurie said...

Your Adobe pork looks so yummy! We recently made pork burgers topped with grilled pineapple and jalapeno sauce. Same flavors, different take.

And I love your cracker recipe!!! We're trying to eat more naturally and I was just saying to my husband tonight that crackers were posing a problem. We love them, but the commercial ones are filled with fake ingredients.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Perfect for the warmer days! That salsa and adobo look fantastic and ever so flavorful!

Cheers and have a great weekend,

Rosa

girlichef said...

I love pineapple on the grill, I've already done it twice since we dusted off the grill this year :) This dish looks beautiful! Do you keep changing your "header" photo or does it do that on a random-thingy (technical term)?! I like it.

Angie's Recipes said...

This is totally Philippines! You have the best selection of fruit and vegetable recipes.

Manggy said...

Eat yer heart out, Bobby Flay! That is one beaauuuuutiful dish. I am totally drooling right now :) (grilled fruit and veg is the best!)

LaDue & Crew said...

Wow! Bring on the grill! Looks lie an intensely delicious meal... all those grilled flavors!

nath said...

Great combination pork and pineapple... love it!

Debinhawaii said...

I love romaine grilled and grilled pineapple (esp with ice cream and homemade caramel sauce!). Your grilled pineapple salsa looks amazing on that pork--Yum!

Donna-FFW said...

I love fruit grilled on the grill..and combined with the peppers and onions, it sounds wonderful, and over tenderloin marinated in lime, delicious choice, excellent!

Culinary Wannabe said...

Grilled pineapple is one of my favorite things ever! I'm for sure making this salsa!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Gorgeous presentation of the slices of pork with the salsa in the center. Spectacular.
We love salsas in our kitchen and this one is just right. Grilled is the best way to serve pineapple.

I've seen grilled lettuce but never got up the courage to give it a try. Thanks for the encouragement. If you say so, then it's got to be good.
Sam

5 Star Foodie said...

Pork and pineapple salsa on a grill sound incredible! Excellent!

Cathy said...

I love grilled lettuce - especially if I have some grilled haloumi cheese to go with it! Your pork dish looks great - I think anytime you can incorporate grilled pineapple or veggies you are going to have a winner.

lisaiscooking said...

Grilling the pineapple for the salsa sounds great! That would be delicious with fish too.

Claudia said...

I also love grilling pineapple but have never made the salsa. It is now on my "love to do" list! It would be grand on a variety of meats.

stephchows said...

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Megan said...

Looks delicious! And I think grilling the onion was a great improvisation. I'm kind of a wimp, so I'd probably make this without the jalapeno... but either way, I'm sure it's quite tasty!

Fearless Kitchen said...

The grilled pinaplle salsa looks amazing!

The Food Hunter said...

I love pineapple. Never thought to make it into a salsa. Thanks for another great idea.

Elra said...

WOW, love those glowing charcoal... you are truly a fabulous cook. This look delicious Sara!

The Duo Dishes said...

The salsa is genius. Sweet, warm, spicy. Really different.

Colleen said...

I am always looking for new ways to make pork tenderloin - this looks delicious!

Diana said...

Oh my gosh, my dad would go ga-ga for this recipe! He's a super big fan of pineapple and is obsessed with grilling fruit. I'm totally going to send him a link to this!

Kerstin said...

What a fabulous meal! I've never tried grilling pineapple, great idea!

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

Looks incredible - I can think of so many meals to incorporate this salsa with! WOW wonderful

Reeni♥ said...

The grilled salsa looks wonderful! What a delicious topping for your tenderloin. And I love grilled Romaine - gives it an earthy, smoky flavor.

Joan Nova said...

Grilling fruit, like the pineapple you did and/or stone fruit like peaches, adds a whole new dimension when it is made part of dinner. And it's a perfect complement to pork!

doggybloggy said...

I can see this salsa going good with all kinds of things...your pork looks perfect!

Kevin said...

Grilled pineapple salsa sounds great!

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks delightful!

burpandslurp said...

now I'm so jealous! I don't have a grill...each time my neighbor cranks up the grill, I go crazy with the delicious smells!
I've always been curious how grilled pineapple tasted like!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Delicious. I love pork and pineapple. This salsa is great.

I'm not into raw onions much either. They stay on my breath too long!

Elyse said...

Oh, this pork looks fantastic! I love that everything got its turn on the grill!! The more grilled veggies, meats, and fruits...the merrier!! Fabulous job. (Oh, and I love grilled lettuce, too!) Sorry I've been away for the past week; I had a good friend in town and wasn't able to do much on the computer. I'm back now, though :)

pigpigscorner said...

Wonderful colours and look so good with the pork! Love pineapple and pork combo.

Cakelaw said...

Delicious!! So when am I coming to dinner ... ;)

DEESHA said...

grilled pineapple sounds good to me

jh said...

This looks like an absolutely brilliant recipe. I love eating pork in the summer, so much lighter than beef and a good alternative to chicken. Thanks for the inspiration!

Jen
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Cindy said...

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Natashya said...

Such a riot of colour, fantastic! This is what summer eating is all about.

Sara said...

girlichef - The pictures are randomly generated!

Chef Fresco said...

Oh my gosh! This is the best looking salsa recipe I think I've seen! I am totally stealing it :)

Kristine said...

Hi Sara-
You need a search feature to look for old recipes. I was trying to send someone your braised radish recipe (yummmm) and can't find it! Hope you having a good weekend
-Kristine

gaga said...

Mmm, that salsa looks perfect a great summer bbq. I love how you grilled the pineapple first. Yum!

Big Boys Oven said...

this is such a summery dish, just make my mouth feel so juicy yummy! just spot on as this is something i would like to dish up!:)

Cheryl said...

Wow that looks good I am always looking for new pork recipes and we love grillin!

Stacey said...

Wow, that looks so amazing! I love veggies on the grill.

noble pig said...

How beautiful is that. I absolutely love, love it! The salsa is just over the top.

finsmom said...

MMMM! What a tasty and gorgeous looking salsa! yum!

Melissa @ For the Love of Health said...

Sara that looks incredible!! Your photos are so vivid and really capture how amazing the dish actually is.

Bharti said...

Thats one flavorful salsa!

nora@ffr said...

yummm yummmm!!! sara this is another must make in to my listt.. cant wait to try it out.. looking sooo amazing..mouth wateringg.. yummmmm

Marta said...

This looks fantastic Sara! I think this salsa would go great on chicken as well, right? (I don't eat pork!)
I like that you grilled everything. I'm not a huge fan of raw onion, just too sharp. And yes, grilled lettuce is quite the experience :)

Amanda @ Mrs.W's Kitchen said...

Really, really pretty! I love fruit salsas over grilled meat--grilling the salsa is pure genius.

Melody said...

I think I'm in love! Beautiful presentation.

Ana Powell said...

Wow, my eyes are wide open looking at this wonderful dish.
Absolutely fantastic.
Congratulations on this one, perfect x

Melissa said...

Beautiful. You definitely inspired me with this one Sara.