This sponsored post for Pork Loin with Summer Vegetables and Garlic-Dill Aioli is written by me on behalf of Smithfield.
Are you ready to impress? And I mean, impress anyone? I impressed the boyfriend, but Pork Loin with Summer Vegetables and Garlic-Dill Aioli will work on your parents, your hard-to-impress in-laws, and your know-it-all foodie friends. And if you want to really, really want to impress, You've got access too is even better!
And this is how I know:
Wednesday night has been deemed Date Night, and every Date Night I offer to cook. I almost always, like 95 percent of the time, get a, “No, no. Let’s go out tonight.” I used to think that the boyfriend was being a real sweetheart. He’s taking the pressure off, treating me to dinner, letting me relax!
But then things changed. Last Date Night, I convinced him to let me take over the kitchen. I rolled up my sleeves and made Pork Loin with Summer Vegetables and Garlic-Dill Aioli. We devoured every bite of juicy, tender pork as if we would never eat again. Truth be told, we ate the entire pound of pork between the two of us. And then we finished the meal by licking garlic-dill aioli off our plates. (Okay, so we were pretty stuffed at the end of this particular Date Night, but zero regrets!)
Now, Wednesday night is Date Night, and so is Friday and Saturday and Sunday and Monday and it’s no longer, “Let’s go out,” but, “What are you making this time?”
Don’t get me wrong. Overflowing Date Nights pleases me to no end because A. I love to cook and B. I love compliments. (Oh yeah, and C. I love spending time with the boy.) He has discovered that he can have a chef-inspired, restaurant-quality meal sitting in his own home because I’ve got access to the easy, original recipes developed by Smithfield Prime chef partners. (Oh hey, don’t be jealous. You've got access too.)
I started with Pork Loin with Summer Vegetables and Garlic-Dill Aioli, but I’m using Smithfield’s chef-inspired recipes to plan out all of my Date Nights. It’s easy to create delicious meals when you start with high-quality, all-natural, premium fresh pork. Smithfield Prime is hand-trimmed, with superior color and marbling, and it contains no artificial ingredients, growth promotants, added hormones, or steroids.
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Pork Loin with Summer Vegetables and Garlic-Dill Aioli
Pork Loin with Summer Vegetables and Garlic-Dill Aioli is an impressive, yet easy, restaurant-quality meal. You will devour each bite of juicy, tender pork and then you will lick garlic-dill aioli off your plate. Or at least that’s how it happened for me. For more information and chef-inspired recipes, visit www.smithfield.com. Adapted from a recipe by Paul Virant ©2017 Smithfield Foods.
For the pork loin:
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 onion diced
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 pound Smithfield® Prime Pork Loin cut into 8 thin slices
For the garlic-dill aioli:
- 3/4 cup light mayonnaise
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon dill pickle liquid
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill weed
- Salt and pepper to taste
For the vegetables:
- 2 medium zucchini squash washed and cut in half lengthwise
- 1 medium head romaine washed and cut in half lengthwise
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 lemon halved
To make marinade, combine vegetable oil, honey, onion, garlic powder, cayenne, and black pepper in food processor and pulse until smooth. Transfer to a resealable food storage bag. Add pork slices and massage to coat. Marinate for one hour or overnight.
Make the garlic-dill aioli. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, garlic, dill pickle liquid, and dill weed. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Refrigerate until ready to use.
When ready to cook, heat grill to medium-high. Brush zucchini and romaine with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill zucchini about 2 minutes per side and romaine halves 1 minute per side. Squeeze lemon juice over vegetables as they finish grilling.
Spread a heaping spoonful of garlic-dill aioli on 4 serving plates. Chop the grilled romaine and divide evenly between plates, placing on top of mayonnaise. Place 1 zucchini half on top of romaine for each plate.
Remove pork slices from marinade and grill 1 to 2 minutes per side until in tender. Place 2 slices on each plate. Garnish with lemon wedges.
This sponsored post for Pork Loin with Summer Vegetables and Garlic-Dill Aioli is written by me on behalf of Smithfield Prime.
We eat a lot of pork in our house, because my boyfriend doesn’t like beef and I can only eat so much chicken. But we agree that pork is amazing and we eat it often. This sounds delicious.
I DO like steak, but it’s expensive. And yes, I can only eat so much chicken. Right there with you!
Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.
What a lovely meal! Your date nights sound delicious! 🙂
Thank you! A good time was had by both. 🙂
I may substitute chicken for the pork, but this sounds like a dinner I need to make soon!
I’m sure you could do that easily, Jessica!
Nice twist to aiolï! Love anything with it, plus with extra dill! Perfect for summer!
It was great with the pickle juice in it! And it’s a good way to use up pickle juice. 🙂
Steph @ The Grateful Grazer
Delicious flavor combinations—this one’s a winner! 🙂
Thanks, Steph! There is a lot going on, but it totally comes together!
Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
Ok we are pork lover so this is right up my alley. LOVE the sounds of the aioli…since I am Ukrainian…and a total DILL lover. What a great feast to feed a hungry crowd.
Gloria – is dill a Ukrainian thing? I have NO IDEA what Ukrainian food is like if I am honest!
Oo love pork loin!! Will definitely be trying this one!
Pork loin is one of my favorites too!
Emily | EmPowered Nutrition
Aioli!!!!! My love language 😛 This looks great!
hahahah – I LOVE that. I get it, girl!
Lynn | The Road to Honey
Ha! Ha! Well. . .on the positive. . .at least the boyfriend thinks your meals are better than restaurant food. . .that’s saying something. But I still think you need to push for real date nights. . .because a lady needs a night off from the kitchen now and then. Ooooooh I have a good idea. . .perhaps the boyfriend can explore Smithfield Prime recipe database and whip something delicious up for YOU. Not that’s an idea I like..
Okay Lynn – You’re completely right and I’m going to send him that link now! And links to all the other recipes I’ve been dying to try… Time to let HIM shine in the kitchen!
My kids would love this dish! Dill is very popular in our house too( like said in a previous comment, dill is everything in Ukrainian and Russian food) .
I think I would like Ukrainian and Russian food then — I love dill!
There is just something about dill that tastes so light and refreshing. This is the perfect recipe for a crazy hot summer day.
Doesn’t it? It’ so perfect for spring and summer!
I am putting this aioli in the dinner cue! I grew up working at a little italian bistro and we had the best aiolis. This one sounds a little bit like a ranch dressing aioli!
It was a great aioli and so easy if you start with store-bought mayo. I used the “light” kind, so I didn’t feel guilty about it!
I will have to substitute with chicken but the flavors sound super good! This is a perfect meal for this hot weather!
I don’t think it would be hard at all to use chicken instead! All the yummy flavors will still be there!
Derek | Dad With A Pan
That garlic dill aioli sounds amazing! I’d just take a spoon full of that and plop it on everything all summer long!
Pretty much what I’ve been doing!!
EA The Spicy RD
This looks SO good. That garlic dill aioli is totally calling out my name!!
Hehe — everyone is going crazy over the aioli… and for good reason!