Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Zesty Italian Dressing

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Craving an easy dinner that is chock-full of flavor? This roasted pork tenderloin with zesty Italian dressing fits the bill. It is incredibly tender and juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and will have everyone begging for seconds!

Craving an easy dinner that is chock-full of flavor? This roasted pork tenderloin with zesty Italian dressing fits the bill. It is incredibly tender and juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and will have everyone begging for seconds! | allthatsjas | #pork #tenderloin #roasted #oven #Italiandressing #glazed #dinner #recipes #holidaymeal #tender #juicy #easy #zesty #food #cooking #allthatsjas

 

I might as well be a pork brand ambassador. The thought of a perfectly seasoned, juicy cut of pork tenderloin is enough to make my mouth water. I feel as thought pork is a little underrated and underappreciated by a handful of crowds, especially those who are very health-conscious. Well, for those of you who are Team Chicken Breast, I have some great information to share with you.

 

Pork tenderloin is actually just as lean as skinless chicken breast, and meets the USDA guidelines for “extra lean.” I use tenderloin for this recipe, but there are 6 cuts of pork total that qualify as “lean,” according to the USDA. A 3 oz. serving of pork tenderloin has over 20 grams of protein, for all of you gym rats out there. Pork also contains significant levels of selenium and vitamin B6.

 

Pork can be seasoned with or combined with a whole spectrum of flavors; whether that is some spicy barbeque rub, or a citrus or pineapple marinade.

 

For this recipe, I covered a lot of ground with a blend of seasonings. Just wait until you smell the pork when it’s cooking in the oven! Your whole kitchen is going to smell so amazing, your family will come floating in, being pulled by their noses just like in cartoons. 😂

 

Pork Tenderloin vs. Pork Loin

 

A much smaller cut of meat (usually about two inches in diameter) from the loin, pork tenderloin is the most tender part of the pig, and exquisitely lean. This gourmet cut will almost literally melt in your mouth if not overcooked.

 

Pork loin is a is a large cut that runs along either side of the backbone and fairly lean, other than the fat cap. There’s a reason why the pork is marketed as “the other white meat.” It’s a good choice for those on a low-fat diet. The fat cap can easily be trimmed off, although you should leave it on during the cooking/roasting to retain juices and you can trim it later if you must.

 

Pork tenderloin with Italian salad dressing glaze

 

I know that some people have a small fear that such lean meats have a tendency to dry out, and pork tenderloin is definitely guilty as charged. Have no fear, because, as an unofficial pork ambassador, I have perfected various cooking methods to keep your cut or pork flavorful, juicy and cooked perfectly.

 

How to roast pork tenderloin

 

For this recipe, I treat this tenderloin how I would treat a beautiful steak: sear it in a pan and then transfer to the oven. Oh, and you’re blessing it with some golden, zesty Italian dressing. Are you drooling yet? You can start preheating your oven now.

 

I highly recommend serving this with sautéed or crispy smashed potatoes (like Nagi form Recipe Tin Eats shares), and with whatever vegetable(s) you’d like. Potatoes are one of my favorite things to pair with an amazing cut of seasoned meat. They’re a great way to make this meal a satisfying dinner and are a nice, starchy contrast to the succulent slices of pork on your plate.

 

This recipe was actually given to me by my friend, Roxann, forever ago. I found the handwritten instructions on a piece of paper, sandwiched between other slips of paper containing some other hidden gems. I clearly had a good amount of organizing to do, but after reading through them, I was so excited to find these little treasures.

 

This zesty Italian pork tenderloin is seasoned to perfection and is so delectable; that I’m almost annoyed it wasn’t on my menu more often. Now, it has a permanent place on my blog, and in my heart. This roast is the perfect dinner solution for small gatherings around the holidays.

 

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Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Zesty Italian Dressing

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How to roast pork tenderloin with zesty Italian dressing glaze

 

INGREDIENTS:
Serves 4

  • 2-3 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning*
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, ground
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning*
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons Zesty Italian Dressing
  • Olive oil

*Did you know you can easily make your own seasonings? Download easy 30 homemade spice blends recipe ebook now!

 

~ Free Tip ~

Sautéed potatoes: Peel, dice, and cook potatoes in salted water. Drain. In a pan, heat 2 tablespoons butter and 3 tablespoons olive oil; add potatoes. Season with black pepper, paprika, and chives (optional) and sauté for two minutes.

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Pat pork dry with paper towel. Score the meat approx. 2” apart on both sides.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and rub generously all over pork. Heat a large non-stick skillet and add just enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Sear the meat in oil until nicely browned on each side. Transfer to a roasting pan.
  3. Deglaze skillet using lemon juice. Add Italian dressing and pour the mixture over meat. Bake, uncovered for 30 min. Turn down the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes. The internal temperature of the pork should be 160 degrees when it’s done. Use a meat thermometer to check it.
  4. Remove from the oven, allow to rest for 10 minutes, slice and serve.

 

Delicious recipe for roasted pork tenderloin that is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Oven-roasted pork tenderloin recipe

 

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Zesty Italian Dressing
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Resting Time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
This roasted pork tenderloin is incredibly tender and juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and absolutely delicious!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pork
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • 2-3 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ginger ground
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons Zesty Italian Dressing
  • Olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Pat pork dry with paper towel. Score the meat approx. 2” apart on both sides.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and rub generously all over pork. Heat a large non-stick skillet and add just enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Sear the meat in oil until nicely browned on each side. Transfer to a roasting pan.

  3. Deglaze skillet using lemon juice. Add Italian dressing and pour the mixture over meat. Bake, uncovered for 30 min. Turn down the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes. The internal temperature of the pork should be 160 degrees when it's done. Use a meat thermometer to check it.
  4. Remove from the oven; allow to rest for 10 minutes, slice and serve.
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~

Sautéed potatoes: Peel, dice, and cook potatoes in salted water. Drain. In a pan, heat 2 tablespoons butter and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Add potatoes; season with black pepper, paprika, and chives (optional) and sauté for two minutes.

 

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2012 and has been completely revamped and updated.

 

O T H E R  P O R K  R E C I P E S  Y O U  W I L L  E N J O Y:

HONEY GLAZED BAKED PORK CHOPS
CHEESY MUSHROOM PORK CHOPS
PORK MEDALLIONS WITH BACON AND MACADAMIA
PORK NECK BONE GRAVY

 

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24 Comment

  1. Reply
    Amy
    October 30, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Wow, I could take a huge bite into that right now – it looks so good. Thank you for sharing at Reader Tip Tuesday.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      October 31, 2018 at 9:47 pm

      Thank you, Amy! It was super tender and flavorful. 😀

  2. Reply
    ParsiCuisine.com
    November 2, 2018 at 10:14 am

    This looks so yummy. I’d love to try this one out for the holiday season. Thanks for FiestaFriday.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 3, 2018 at 9:43 pm

      Hope you like it! 😀

  3. Reply
    cookingwithauntjuju.com
    November 2, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Pork tenderloin is my favorite cut of pork – I am not into “fatty” meat – think it was from being a lifetime member of Weight Watchers. You’ve got a lot more than Italian seasoning in this dish and I do like it! I just happen to have one in my freezer just waiting for a new recipe. Got to have some potatoes and veggies too. Thanks for sharing a recipe to be enjoyed by many at Fiesta Friday.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 3, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      Hope you give it a try because I know you’ll like it! xx

  4. Reply
    204Jillian
    November 3, 2018 at 11:35 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! This would be great for the holidays. #SaturdaySharefest

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 3, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      It is holiday-worthy. 🙂 Thank you, Jillian!!

  5. Reply
    Nina
    November 4, 2018 at 12:53 am

    I LOVE Italian dressing! This sounds so yummy! Thanks so much for sharing at our Party in Your PJs link party!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 5, 2018 at 4:37 pm

      Glad you like it! x

  6. Reply
    goatsandgreens
    November 4, 2018 at 6:22 am

    This looks quite tasty and not dry at all. Thanks for sharing it!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 5, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you so much! x

  7. Reply
    Donna Reidland
    November 4, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    This looks and sounds delicious! Definitely pinning it!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 5, 2018 at 4:34 pm

      Many thanks, Donna! Have a wonderful week!

  8. Reply
    Catherine Baez Sholl
    November 5, 2018 at 12:29 am

    Mmmm, this recipe looks so yummy!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 5, 2018 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you, Catherine! x

  9. Reply
    Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food
    November 5, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    I am so with you on the pork ambassadors thing. It’s such a flavorful meat, and a recipe like this is totally doable on a weeknight. And those roasted veggies look just scrummy!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 5, 2018 at 4:33 pm

      Right? Better for you than the red meat and so versatile too! 😀 Thanks, Michelle! xx

  10. Reply
    Debrashoppeno5
    November 6, 2018 at 7:18 am

    Roast pork is one of my favorite meals. This recipe sounds so delicious. Thanks for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Party.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 6, 2018 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks, Debra! Hope your week is going great!

  11. Reply
    helenfern
    November 9, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Beautiful roast! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party! Have a fabulous weekend and hope to see you back on Sunday!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 9, 2018 at 9:35 pm

      Hope your week was fabulous as well, Helen. Thank you!

  12. Reply
    eclecticredbarnBeverly
    November 11, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Jas,
    Wow, this pork tenderloin looks amazing. Please stop by Over The Moon Party since you are being featured.
    https://eclecticredbarn.blogspot.com/2018/11/over-moon-linky-party_11.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 12, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      Thank you so much, Beverly! What an honor 😀

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