In this easy and nutritious weeknight recipe, a kale salad is prepared and left to marinate in the dressing, which ensures crunchy—not tough—greens (thanks to the tenderizing effects of the olive oil). Meanwhile, a super simple pork tenderloin is seared and baked, along with earthy sweet potatoes and nutty quinoa that both are tossed into the salad before serving. 

Martha Stewart Living, January/February 2020


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Recipe Summary

40 mins
50 mins


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  • Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, toss kale with 4 tablespoons oil, lemon juice, currants, and pecorino; season with salt and pepper and set aside. On a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle sweet potatoes with 2 tablespoons oil; season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Roast, flipping once, until potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes.

  • In a pot, bring quinoa, 3/4 cup water, and a pinch of salt to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until tender, 15 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Fluff quinoa with a fork; transfer to a plate to cool.

  • Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a 10-inch ovenproof skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high. Generously season pork with salt and pepper; sear, turning occasionally, until golden, about 8 minutes. Transfer to oven and roast until a thermometer reads 145°F, 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Transfer pork to a cutting board; let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Stir potatoes and quinoa into kale salad and serve with pork.