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Spinach Salad with Pork, Potatoes and Mozzarella

Menu Plan for the week of April 26, 2013: Wednesday's Recipes

Spinach Salad with Pork, Potatoes and Mozzarella

Cooking time:  30 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     The pork and potatoes are hot, the rest is a cold salad.  Use the other 'half' of the package of mozzarella for this. Remember: it's okay for pork to be pink.... And much nicer.

Spinach Salad with Pork, Potatoes, Mozzarella   Preparation, cooking time: 30 minutes
   Pork tenderloin, sliced thickly and sautéed, makes a very tender addition to this spinach salad.

12oz (350gr) pork tenderloin
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 medium potatoes, (10oz, 300gr)
4 tsp olive oil, divided
10 little balls mozzarella about 2.5oz (75gr)
10 cherry tomatoes
6oz (180gr) fresh spinach, for salads
Sherry Vinaigrette
1 tsp Dijon-style mustard
1 1/2 tbs sherry vinegar
3 tbs good olive oil

Potatoes: Cut potatoes into bite-size cubes.  Heat 2 tsp oil in a medium skillet.  Add potatoes and sauté, medium heat, until well browned on all sides, tossing and stirring as needed for 20 - 25 minutes
Pork:  Slice pork into 1/2" (1.25cm) thick slices. Sprinkle both sides with cumin, paprika and garlic. Heat remaining 2 tsp olive oil in a large, nonstick skillet. Add pork and sauté, medium-high heat, until cooked through, about 2 - 4 minutes per side. Remove and cover to keep warm . 
Vinaigrette:  Put mustard and vinegar in a small bowl and whisk to combine.  Slowly drizzle in olive oil, whisking constantly.  You may have to stop adding oil and just whisk - you don't want to see the oil separately, it should be incorporated as it goes in.
Prepare spinach, wash and spin dry.  Cut cherry tomatoes in half.  Put spinach into a large bowl, tearing any large leaves.  Add 2 tbs vinaigrette and toss well to coat. 
To finish:  Divide spinach and arrange on 2 plates.  Top with potatoes, tomatoes and cheese.  Arrange pork around the edge of the salad and serve, remaining vinaigrette on the side.

Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small bowl, whisk, salad spinner, large bo
wl, medium
skillet, large nonstick skillet

Cut potatoes
Sauté potatoes
Prepare spinach, wash and dry if needed
Cut cherry tomatoes
Toss / turn potatoes
Slice pork
Sprinkle pork with cumin, paprika, garlic

Toss / turn potatoes
Make vinaigrette
When potatoes are almost ready...
Sauté pork
Toss spinach with some vinaigrette
Arrange spinach on plates
Turn pork
Toss / turn potatoes
Add potatoes to spinach
Add tomatoes, mozzarella to spinach
Remove pork, add to salad
Serve, remaining vinaigrette on the side

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