Balsamic pork with watercress

Balsamic pork with watercress

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(15 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 12 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 2 oranges
    Orange

    Orange

    or-ange

    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
    Watercress

    Watercress

    wort-er-cress

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

  • 1 avocado, sliced into chunks
    Avocado

    Avocado

    av-oh-car-doh

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

Method

  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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hildred
3rd Jun, 2017
5.05
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.
lizg987
15th Jul, 2014
5.05
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
10th Mar, 2014
5.05
Delicious - fresh & simple. I couldn't get watercress so used baby spinach (uncooked) which worked well. Will definitely cook again.
Lauren0840
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.
iced-gem
3rd Nov, 2012
5.05
loved this recipe, I added finely sliced red onions before I did the sauce and it added an extra taste to it . :)
bogbrush14
15th Aug, 2012
5.05
Absolutely devine! The flavours come together so well. We all loved the orangeyness and the salad is lovely too.
psbird69
11th Jan, 2012
5.05
Deeelicious!!!
nix143
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!
saltycdog
8th Mar, 2011
5.05
Yummy. Used pork shoulder steaks. Extremely fresh, fab for summer.
psamiad1
25th Aug, 2010
4.05
Gorgeous. Will use the orangey salad dressing often on a variety of salads.

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