Back-to-School Meal: Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Carrot Slaw

Smithfield Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Carrot Slaw

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.

Quick lunch recipes are a must, especially with back-to-school season. This back to school meal, Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Carrot Slaw is an easy lunch recipe that the whole family could also enjoy for dinner. I then used the same ingredients in a power bowl the next day, by simply adding it to a bowl of quinoa. I’m a huge fan of spiralized veggies and the carrot paired perfectly with the pork. My time is stretched thin with hauling the kids around and doing work, and my growing, hungry kids need well rounded meals that don’t take long to prep. Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork can be a massive help, by easily adding it to a salad or sandwich, or making it the centerpiece of a dish on its own to be enjoyed by the entire family. You can get real flavor, real fast for an easy to prepare, delicious meal in less than 30 minutes.

Smithfield Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Carrot Slaw
Ever since I was a kid I longed for summertime, with longer days of sunlight, a more flexible schedule, and hopefully some downtime or a vacation with the family. In retrospect, summer can actually be almost as stressful as the school year, with each week having different activities and a routine that only lasts for a week or two. The school year takes a little while to get used to, and it too is a whirlwind (especially when the kids are in the first year at a new school). Grabbing fast options for the kids for some food groups is easier than others. Protein can be the hardest, another reason I’m especially happy to have found Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork. You can tell that they use premium cuts of pork just by looking at it, and they’re seasoned perfectly for a taste that both my kids and I savor, and they’re also slow-marinated, something that is tough to do on your own in a pinch.

Smithfield Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Carrot Slaw

Once I find a brand and flavor that I like and trust, I’m always curious to try out the other flavors. There are definitely some good options with Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork. Whether you’re in the mood for a tenderloin, a pork loin filet or a sirloin you can have your way, with different flavors too. As you could probably guess I’m a garlic and herb girl and my husband is a mesquite man. Pork is my favorite meat and they haven’t yet made up their minds between all of the different Smithfield flavors as they’re huge fans of good pork. By the way, I purchased mine at Kroger, where you can too and find these different varieties:

Roasted Garlic & Herb Fresh Pork Tenderloin
Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper Tenderloin
Slow Smoked Mesquite Flavor Fresh Pork Loin Filet
Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper Sirloin

I hope you enjoy my recipe(!!), you can find more ideas at Don’t forget to also go for the “Save $1 on one Smithfield product” coupon to use at your local Kroger location: Kroger, Dillons, Food4Less, Fred Meyer, Frys, King Soopers, QFC.

Smithfield Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Carrot Slaw

Or serve it as a salad


One thing that I’d like to mention is that meals are great, but I also like to introduce my kids to the breakfasts, lunches and dinners that adults eat, too. Sometimes meals, whether at a restaurant or at home, can be quite unbalanced. They are often just carbs and a sauce, and many times fried. My kids do like that stuff, but they get equally excited about meals like the one I prepared today and take in a lot more quality food. They form better eating habits at a young age, which I hope will carry on for many years.

Smithfield Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Carrot Slaw

5 from 3 votes
Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Carrot Slaw
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Course: Lunch
Servings: 2
Carrot Slaw (up to 6 servings):
  • 1 cup shaved/spiralized carrot
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 4-5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Black pepper to taste
Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Carrot Slaw (2 servings):
  • 4 slices of sandwich bread of your choice
  • 4 pieces fresh lettuce leaves
  • 8 medium slices of cooked Roasted Garlic & Herb Fresh Pork Tenderloin (just follow the directions on the packaging)
  • 4 tablespoons carrot slaw
  • 4-6 slices fresh cucumber
  • 4 slices fresh tomatoes
  • 2-4 slices of cheese of your choice such as: mozzarella, provolone
To make carrot slaw:
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, easy as that! Store the carrot slaw in an airtight container and put in a fridge.

To build your Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Carrot Slaw per serving:
  1. Top each slice of bread with 2 pieces of lettuce leaves, 3-4 slices of pork tenderloin , 2 tablespoons of carrot slaw, 2-3 slices of cucumber, 2 slices of tomatoes, cheese and a slice of bread on top. 

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    Joyce | Pups with Chopsticks
    Sep 12, 2017 at 11:37 am

    This is so convenient! It’s marinated all for you! I love the different ways you suggest making it too! Definitely can see myself having this with a salad

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    Sep 12, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Well you really know how to get back to school!! This is a drool worthy sandwich!!

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    Amy @ The Cook Report
    Sep 12, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    This looks like a dream back to school sandwich!

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    Sep 12, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    I could eat a sandwich for lunch everyday. That slaw is perfect!

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    Sep 12, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Mmmmmm back to school? Heck how about eating it just because! What a great sandwich!!

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