Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry Kiwi Salsa

Thank you to Zespri Kiwifruit for sponsoring this Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry Kiwi Salsa recipe!  I received product and monetary compensation.  All opinions are, as always, my own.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry Kiwi Salsa - Cinnamon chili grilled pork tenderloin with a strawberry kiwi salsa - fast and easy to make and absolutely perfect for your summer BBQ!

This grilled pork tenderloin with strawberry kiwi salsa is one of the better meals to come out of my kitchen.  So good that I couldn’t help but grab a whole bunch of bites while taking pictures, even if it was way before supper at the time.  So good that my kids came in from playing outside after supper to discover the leftovers still sitting on the counter … and decide to have a second supper.  Not dessert, more supper.  That’s what they wanted.

There weren’t any leftovers after all.

They are super huge kiwi fans though, so it wasn’t totally shocking.  What was shocking is that I actually managed to make this strawberry kiwi salsa, because as soon as this Sungold Kiwi from Zespri Kiwifruit showed up at the door the kids were excited.  I had to hide it in the back of the fridge so that it wouldn’t disappear before I could make my recipe!

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry Kiwi Salsa - Cinnamon chili grilled pork tenderloin with a strawberry kiwi salsa - fast and easy to make and absolutely perfect for your summer BBQ!

My kids would eat kiwi everyday if they could.  They love to just cut & scoop the fruit for the perfect snack.  I had never actually had the Sungold variety before, we’ve always bought the green kind.  I think that will be changing now because the gold variety is fantastic.  It’s sweeter then the green kiwi and tastes like a cross between a mango and a strawberry.  And kiwi is also a great source of Vitamin C, E, potassium and fibre, which makes it a great choice.  With Sungold Kiwi available at the local stores from May through October, I think I will have lots of requests for it over the next few months!

And I may have to prevent the kids from eating all of it when I buy some so that I can make this grilled pork tenderloin with strawberry kiwi salsa again.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry Kiwi Salsa - Cinnamon chili grilled pork tenderloin with a strawberry kiwi salsa - fast and easy to make and absolutely perfect for your summer BBQ!

The pork tenderloin is coated with a cinnamon chili rub and then grilled.  Super easy to make and so full of flavour.  Make sure you use a meat thermometer to test if the pork tenderloin is cooked – it’s definitely the most sure way to know if it’s ready.  I have ruined pork tenderloin way too many times by cutting into the meat to see if it’s done, then deciding it’s not, even if the thermometer says otherwise.  Don’t be like me.  Trust the thermometer and it’ll be perfect!

While the meat is cooking, it takes only a few minutes to stir together the strawberry kiwi salsa, and it’s the perfect accompaniment to the cinnamon chili grilled pork tenderloin.  This meal was amazing.  Fast and easy to make and perfect for a summer BBQ.  We will be making it many, many times.

Although I may have to double the recipe next time so that there are some leftovers.

What with the kids having it for dessert and all.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry Kiwi Salsa - Cinnamon chili grilled pork tenderloin with a strawberry kiwi salsa - fast and easy to make and absolutely perfect for your summer BBQ!

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry Kiwi Salsa

Yield: serves 4-6

Cinnamon chili grilled pork tenderloin with a strawberry kiwi salsa - fast and easy to make and absolutely perfect for your summer BBQ!

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

2 pounds (907g) pork tenderloin (about 2 small or 1 large)
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons kosher salt
For the salsa:
2 cups diced fresh strawberries
3 Zespri sungold kiwis, peeled and diced
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 lime, juiced

Directions

  1. Preheat the grill to medium heat. In a small bowl, stir together the olive oil, garlic, chili powder, cinnamon and salt. Rub this mixture all over the pork tenderloin. Grill the pork over medium heat for 8-12 minutes per side, or until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the pork registers 145 degrees F. Remove the meat from the grill, cover it with foil and let it rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the salsa. In a medium bowl, stir together the strawberries, kiwi, red onion, cilantro and lime juice until combined. Serve over the sliced pork tenderloin.

Notes

Go by the temperature of the meat for determining if it is cooked through, not the time it’s been on the grill. The temperature of the grill might not be the same as mine, or the tenderloin can be a different size. Also, try to avoid cutting into the meat to check if it’s done - at 145 degrees it doesn’t usually look done when you cut in while it’s on the grill, but if you let it rest and trust the thermometer it will be perfect (I learned this the hard way, after ruining many pork tenderloins!).

This pork can also be roasted in the oven. If you would like to cook it that way, then brown each side for 2-3 minutes over medium heat in a non-stick skillet, and then roast in a 400 degree oven for 16-18 minutes, or until the temperature in the thickest part of the pork is 145 degrees F.

Source: Cinnamon chili rub from Mel's Kitchen Cafe , the salsa is adapted from my Fruit Salsa Recipe .

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Comments

  1. says

    Oh this looks so good, Stacey! Pork tenderloin is a favorite of mine, but I’ve never had it with a fruit salsa before. Sounds delicious with strawberries and kiwis! And so creative, too! What a pretty summer meal!

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