Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Fresh Cherry Salsa

Updated On: Apr 26, 2024

Simple Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Fresh Cherry Salsa should be on your next weeknight menu! So easy and the salsa is next level delicious.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Cherry Salsa

I bet you’re asking yourself “What should I make for dinner tonight”.  The answer?  Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Fresh Cherry Salsa.  You know I love you and that I’d never ever steer you wrong, right?  Ok, well, if you like pork and you like a little heat in your salsa, then you will want to scroll to the bottom and start your grocery list right now.  Wait.  Read the rest of this post first, then go make the list.  I promise you will not be disappointed by this recipe.

how to pit cherries

How to Pit Fresh Cherries

There are several methods to pit a fresh cherry. Here are just a few:

  • Cherry pitter – Load the cherry into the pitter, aligning the plunger with the stem end of the cherry. Squeeze the pitter to push the pit through the other end.
  • Straw or Chopstick – Remove the stem, then push the end of the straw or chopstick through the stem end of the cherry and push the pit out the other end.
  • Cut in half with a small knife and remove the pit manually.

When you think Cherries, do you think “salsa”?  Ya, me neither.  But I had this giant bag of cherries that are absolutely the deepest darkest red and so sweet and needed to do something with them besides gorge myself. I added in some jalapenos, garlic, and shallots and wow – who knew that cherry salsa could be so darn good.

easy cherry salsa for meat dishes

Ingredients You’ll Need to Make this Recipe

The ingredient list is for each separate part of this recipe.

For the Pork Tenderloin, you’ll need:

  • Pork tenderloin
  • Bunch of cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Shallots
  • Jalapeño
  • Olive oil and lemon juice

For the Spicy Fresh Cherry Salsa:

  • Fresh whole cherries, the darker and sweeter the better
  • Jalapeño
  • Garlic
  • Sriracha
  • Cilantro
  • Shallot
Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Cherry Salsa

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Fresh Cherry Salsa

This recipe for Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Fresh Cherry Salsa will be your new weeknight go-to recipe for how easy and incredibly flavorful it is. It's even elevated enough to serve at a dinner party.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 Servings


Pork Tenderloin

  • 2 pork tenderloins rinsed and patted dry (1 package)
  • 1 bunch of cilantro coarsely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 jalapeno minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice or lime
  • salt and pepper to taste

Spicy Fresh Cherry Salsa

  • 3 cups whole cherries pitted and quartered
  • 1 jalapeno minced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha sauce
  • ¼ cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1 shallot minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


Pork Tenderoin

  • In a plastic resealable bag (or plastic container with a lid) add the pork and the remaining ingredients.  Seal the bag and turn it a few times to coat the meat with the marinade.  Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour.  Turning occasionally.
  • Heat the grill to medium high heat.  Remove the tenderloins from the bag and remove most but not all of the marinade.  Grill for 8 minutes, turn and grill for another 7-8 minutes.  Remove to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil.  Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
  • Slice the tenderloins into medallions and serve with the Spicy Fresh Cherry Salsa

Spicy Fresh Cherry Salsa

  • In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients together.  Allow to rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.


Note: you could also put the Cherries into a food processor and chop coarsely for a less chunky salsa.  This method would produce a fantastic salsa for dipping chips or veggies into.


Calories: 824kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 126gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 393mgSodium: 374mgPotassium: 2591mgFiber: 2gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 139IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 6mg
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Recipe By:

Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.


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  1. marla {family fresh cooking} says:

    Love the idea of sweet/tart cherry salsa!

  2. EA-The Spicy RD says:

    Oh, I love siracha too and just used it a couple of nights ago on Thai Fried Rice. Love your cherry salsa recipe! I think I will put my husband to work pitting the cherries. The only reason we have a pitter is because he {a mostly non-cook type} decided to make a cherry tart for Christmas MANY years ago. Hmm…that might be the last time the pitter was used 🙂

  3. Marnely Rodriguez says:

    Mhm, love spicy sweet combinations, and cherries with pork? Genius! I do think I’d cook the salsa to make it a sauce, but that’s just me cause I’m weird! Ahem, Sriracha Sisters! 😉

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