Roasted Pork Protein Bowls with Rosemary Vinaigrette

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Here’s a new idea for a meal that we enjoyed immensely:  Roasted Pork Protein Bowls with Rosemary Vinaigrette

Roasted Pork Protein Bowl with Rosemary Vinaigrette

My husband was just commenting recently that he has not experienced a great main dish salad for quite some time.  He lamented that they’re always the same old thing… nothing new… and nothing very filling or exciting.  I told him I was prepared to serve up a new kind of “salad bowl” that I thought he’d really enjoy.  This one would be loaded with protein: roasted pork, hard-boiled eggs, garbanzo beans, and quinoa, and I’d tuck as many vegetables in there that I could.  I’d drizzle a simple rosemary vinaigrette on top, and call it dinner!  It would also be a filling and healthy option for lunch.

Smithfield 1

The pork used for the recipe is from Smithfield’s line of already-marinated pork.  I used the Rosemary and Olive Oil Pork Sirloin for my protein bowls- it’s 100% fresh pork slow marinated in rosemary and olive oil.  I love that it comes pre-marinated… it saves me time in the kitchen when I’m crazy busy assembling dinner! You’ll be able to locate Smithfield’s already-marinated pork tenderloin, loin filet and pork sirloin at your market.

Smithfield 2

For this recipe, I roasted the pork the day before…

Smithfield 3

… then I sliced it up, chop it into chunks, and refrigerated it overnight.  I prepped/chopped everything else for the protein bowls the night before too.  It’s the smart way to do it since getting dinner together the next night is so incredibly easy!

Roasted Pork Protein Bowl

All ingredients in the protein bowls are just divided up into your serving bowls.  You’ll get a good dose of healthy protein from the pork, quinoa, eggs, garbanzo beans and feta cheese.  Hint on the feta cheese: the kind that is sold as a chunk of cheese in the package is the best tasting.  Just crumble it apart with your fingers.  If there are other veggies you like more than those I included in my bowls, you can certainly add those in or substitute what you enjoy most.

Roasted Pork Protein Bowls

I served these protein bowls with a simple-to-make rosemary vinaigrette (to complement Smithfield’s already marinated Rosemary and Olive Oil Pork Sirloin).  Everything was delicious, and we gobbled up every bite!  My husband was happy to have tried something new, and he requested that I put these into the regular dinner rotation- and lunches too!

Roasted Pork Protein Bowls with Rosemary Vinaigrette

I like to prep all of the ingredients for this dish the day before, then I can throw it all together so quickly for dinner!
Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes



  • One Smithfield Rosemary and Olive Oil Pork Sirloin, cooked according to package directions and cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup quinoa, cooked according to package directions and cooled
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • 2 medium avocados, sliced
  • 1 1/3 cups canned garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • 1 large bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed- then sliced
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups halved pear or cherry tomatoes


  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  1. Divide all of the "bowl" ingredients between four bowls.
  2. Add all of the vinaigrette ingredients to a small bowl.  Whisk together and then drizzle over each of the protein bowls.  Serve immediately and enjoy!
Feel free to switch out some of the veggies for other veggies that you may enjoy.

Here are a couple more protein bowl recipes you might enjoy:

Disclosure:  This post has been written in partnership with Smithfield to share their line of marinated pork.  This is a product that I know and use in my kitchen.  All opinions shared are my own.

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  • Carla wrote:

    I admit I’m not a huge salad person either, but this kind of salad I can get behind 😀

  • Katrina @ In Katrina’s Kitchen wrote:

    Protein bowls for dinner?! Genius my friend. I love this so much. Will be serving them up soon! 

  • Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker wrote:

    I’m a sucker for a good bowl and this one’s not good – it’s AMAZING!!!! Love that you roasted the (pre-marinated!) pork ahead of time. Perfect for make-ahead lunches or din – PINNED!

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles wrote:

    Perfect flavors and textures, and loaded with protein. And that rosemary in the vinaigrette – love!

  • Heidi @foodiecrush wrote:

    I’m all about extra protein in a bowl, and on busy weeknights, pre-marinated makes total sense. That dressing! Yes. 

  • Peabody (Culinary Concoctions by Peabody) wrote:

    That salad looks insanely good! I love the idea of the pork with the rosemary dressing. 

  • Jennie @onesweetmess wrote:

    I heart Smithfield pork tenderloin so much! They make for a quick and flavorful meal. These bowls are genius. Pinned.

  • Lauren Kelly Nutrition wrote:

    I need to try this pork, I love anything that makes my life easier!  This looks delicious!

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons wrote:

    My husband and I regularly have what we call MEGA SALAD nights, where it’s all-hands-on-deck, let’s clean out the fridge and make everything into a huge salad. I definitely want to try out your rosemary vinaigrette next time we do this!

  • Liz wrote:

    Such an exquisite salad! I need to boost the protein in my diet (note to self: more quinoa, less cookies!) and these protein bowls look like a delicious way to start. I need to hunt down some of Smithfield’s premarinated pork—such a great shortcut.

  • Julia wrote:

    Yeeeeehawwww a bowl after my own heart! I love everything in these bowls from the marinated pork to the hard boiled egg and avocado. Ugh, I could eat this every week!! Hope you had a marvelous weekend! xoxo

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks wrote:

    I absolutely LOVE one bowl dinners!  Sometimes I don’t even bother with the plates – we just eat it out of the same bowl.  I know – classy household, but now that it’s just the two of us…anyway, this one is definitely going on my list.

  • Deborah wrote:

    I think I could eat this every week and be a happy girl.  I need to look for the Smithfield marinated pork – what a great way to save some time!!

  • Cookin Canuck wrote:

    There is nothing better than a really good dinner salad, and this one looks fantastic, Lori!  I haven’t tried those pre-marinated pork loins, but it seems like they would be a great time saver.

  • Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek wrote:

    This is a great dinner salad.
    That dressing sounds perfect.

  • allie @ Through Her Looking Glass wrote:

    This looks fabulous like all your recipes. Love that rosemary marinated pork, makes things easy! Gorgeous salad bowls Lori.

  • Kiara wrote:

    This looks delicious! I miss the other white meat in my life… definitely going to make a pork salad bowl in the near future