Jamaican Recipe of the Day: Grilled Jamaican Pork Tenderloin Salad

Summer equals Fruit.

Fruit in and on and around everything! Even grilled meat.

Yum, Yum. Spiced and smoky meat with bright, sweet fruit.

I made this as a special occasion Jamaican dinner for when my friend, Sara (with no “h”), came over for dinner. I also subjected her to some other Jamaican dish that will remain unnamed because it was the flavor was a tad too… intense.


So, hopefully, she will forgive my barely palatable side because this salad is so outrageously delicious. Seriously, I had no idea that the Jamaican spices I typically associate with Christmas would be so enticing on a Jamaican pork loin and tropical fruit!

Also, this was my first time lighting the grill by myself. And when I say “by myself,” I mean completely alone. As in, no one else was at home, as in everyone else in my family was miles away, in other cities.

Good Gracious, it’s a miracle that the house is still standing, now that I think about it… I must admit though, I called my mother shortly after dousing the charcoals with lighter fluid, mildly freaking out about “what happens if I light them and they catch on fire and burn me and everything else around me?????”

As you can see, all went well. And my skin is un-singed. God must have a lot of grace and mercy stored up for me.

I got an ingredient shot… otherwise, I kinda failed at taking pictures during this one.

Except for this ONE shot of the meat after I grilled it.

Grilled Jamaican Pork Tenderloin Salad 


  • 2 tablespoons fresh or 2 teaspoons dried Jamaican thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh Jamaican ginger
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar or substitute
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Jamaican nutmeg
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (1-pound) Jamaican pork tenderloin
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 cups salad greens
  • 2 cups chopped peeled fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup chopped papaya


  1. Prepare grill.
  2. To prepare the dressing, combine the first 11 ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth.
  3. To prepare Jamaican pork, slice pork lengthwise, cutting to, but not through, on the other side.
  4. Open halves, laying pork flat. Rub 2 tablespoons dressing on pork; reserve remaining dressing.
  5. Place Jamaican pork on grill rack coated with cooking spray;
  6. Cook 10 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer registers 155°.
  7. Let stand 5 minutes.
  8. Cut pork into 1/4-inch-thick slices; toss with reserved dressing.
  9. Place 1 cup greens on each of 4 plates; top with 3 ounces pork, 1/2 cup pineapple, and 1/4 cup papaya.



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