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Southwest Salad



SOUTHWEST SALAD with Garlic Lime Pork
Panera Bread Recipe

Serves 6

1 pork tenderloin (12-16 ounces)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon hot Mexican chili powder
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 large clove garlic, minced
10 ounces romaine, torn into bite size pieces
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 jalapeno chile, seeded and finely chopped
1 (11 oz.) can corn kernels, drained
1 cup cooked dried, or rinsed and drained canned, black beans
1/2 cup sharp cheddar or cheddar Jack
1 ounce tortilla chips, crushed (about 1/2 cup)

Cook Pork: Sprinkle the pork with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper, and the chili powder. Coat the tenderloin with cooking spray. Heat a large heavy skillet on medium high until very hot. Add the pork and cook until well browned on three sides and the juices run clear, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Make Vinaigrette:  Meanwhile, pour the lime juice into a large bowl that will hold the pork. Slowly whisk in the oil until the mixture is blended and thickened. Whisk in the cilantro, garlic, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper.

Make Salad:  Immediately transfer the hot pork to the bowl and toss it in the lime dressing until coated. Let the meat cool for 5 minutes. Slice it on a slight diagonal and return it to the bowl. Toss the pieces in the dressing and remove the coated pork to a plate. Add the lettuce, tomatoes, onion, chile, corn, and beans to the bowl with the lime dressing and toss to coat.

To Serve:  Remove the salad to a platter or plates. Arrange the sliced pork over the top and sprinkle with the cheese and crushed tortilla chips.

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