Balsamic pork with watercress

Balsamic pork with watercress

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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 steak, 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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Comments (18)

lizg987's picture

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.

jybay1's picture

Delicious - fresh & simple. I couldn't get watercress so used baby spinach (uncooked) which worked well. Will definitely cook again.

Lauren0840's picture

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.

iced-gem's picture

loved this recipe, I added finely sliced red onions before I did the sauce and it added an extra taste to it . :)

bogbrush14's picture

Absolutely devine! The flavours come together so well. We all loved the orangeyness and the salad is lovely too.

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nix143's picture

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!

saltycdog's picture

Yummy. Used pork shoulder steaks. Extremely fresh, fab for summer.

psamiad1's picture

Gorgeous. Will use the orangey salad dressing often on a variety of salads.

karenfalzon's picture

My patner can be funny about pork and will only usually eats it if it has some kind of sauce, marinade etc, so it was great to find aother sauce to use.
Really lovely flavour, I've also used it with chicken.
I serve it with fluffy mash and mange tout

goodfoodruth's picture

I thought this was really tasty even without any orange zest. It was lovely and saucy. I served it with wilted fresh spinch as I couldn't get any watercress.

erinvermaak's picture

Made this over the weekend, my husband absolutely loved it! Had to add extra orange juice though to make it a little saucier. Couldn't get hold of avos, but the salad was divine anyway. Served it with the garlicky mashed potato bake as suggested, and that was scrummy too! Will definitely do both again :)

djmcnae's picture

Lovely sauce and the pork was tender, served it with sugar snap peas and roasted cubed potatoes.....very tasty and enjoyed by all!

spoxon's picture

What a delicious and easy recipe! The only difficult part was opening the jar of honey!
I used diced pork as that was what I had bought and as we were having cauliflower not salad, I put the mustard into the cooking sauce. I also used 2 cloves of garlic. So, a bit of a variation on the basic recipe.

kickingkatie's picture

Such a tasty and fast little meal, had most of the ingredients on hand as well. Served with oven roasted chips, this will be definitely become a regular meal in my kitchen.

browste1's picture

We loved the sauce and the dressing complemented the watercress perfectly.

nickyb04's picture

Delicious and so easy to make. The salad dressing also great so use with other dishes outside of this recipe. Will definitel be making this one again

nennepus's picture

This was delicious! I skipped the water cress salad, as water cress is not readily available here in Norway - I served it with sugar snaps halved lengthways and steamed for at couple of minutes on top of the porc.... worked very well!

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