Balsamic pork with watercress

Balsamic pork with watercress

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(17 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 12 mins


Serves 4
Impress your family with this light and tasty pork dish

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal261
  • fat17g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre2g
  • protein19g
  • salt0.24g
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  • 2 oranges



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

    bal-sam-ick vin-ee-gah

    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • 2 tsp clear honey
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 4 boneless pork steaks, about 175g/6oz each
  • 100g bag watercress



    With deep green leaves, and crisp, paler stems, watercress is related to mustard and is one of…

  • 1 avocado, sliced into chunks



    Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…


  1. Grate the zest from 1 orange, then segment the flesh (see Here to help, p23). Juice the other orange. Mix the zest with half the juice, vinegar, honey and garlic, then set aside. For the dressing, whisk the remaining juice with the mustard, 1 tbsp oil and seasoning.

  2. Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan, add the pork, then brown on each side, about 5 mins in total. Add the balsamic mixture, season, then bring to the boil. Bubble for 5-6 mins, turning the pork, until tender.

  3. Meanwhile, tip the watercress into a bowl, toss with the avocado, orange segments and dressing, then serve alongside the pork.

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7th Oct, 2017
I cooked this lastnight and it was a hit. I didn't have watercress so I served it with creamy potatoes and grilled asparagus and broccoli. I made the mustard sauce and poured that over the greens. Absolutely delicious.
3rd Jun, 2017
Have been making this for several years and we have never tired of it, especially good with baby new potatoes. The salad is full of flavour and also goes very well with smoked mackerel or salmon.
15th Jul, 2014
This is delicious, easy and healthy, so a complete winner in my book. My boyfriend loves it so much he has even cooked it for me before (and he hardly ever cooks!). Also, I agree with below comment that sweet potato goes well with this if you need a more substantial meal.
10th Mar, 2014
Delicious - fresh & simple. I couldn't get watercress so used baby spinach (uncooked) which worked well. Will definitely cook again.
3rd Mar, 2014
We love this! Since trying it, we've had it weekly for the past 3 weeks. I add a balsamic glaze to the salad and vary what ingredients I add to it, but they meat works so well as the recipe states. I typically serve this with sweet potato fries too, which compliment that peppery watercress and tang of the orange perfectly. It's very tasty & healthy. It'll be a regular occurrence on my dinner table.
3rd Nov, 2012
loved this recipe, I added finely sliced red onions before I did the sauce and it added an extra taste to it . :)
15th Aug, 2012
Absolutely devine! The flavours come together so well. We all loved the orangeyness and the salad is lovely too.
11th Jan, 2012
15th Aug, 2011
I keep buying pork loin steak as it's part of the 3 for a tenner deal at the supermarket - and it isn't the best meat in the world. This recipe did give some flavour to what can be a dry and flavourless piece of meat but it didn't blow me away. It was nice but not amazing. However this probably has more to do with the quality of meat I'm using. Will continue looking for 'the' pork recipe - or stop buying the loin steaks!
8th Mar, 2011
Yummy. Used pork shoulder steaks. Extremely fresh, fab for summer.


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