I’ve decided that this will be the summer of grilled pork chops in our house. The thought of taking a relatively cheap cut of meat, with a reputation for being dry and dull, and elevating it to something worthy of serving to company makes me a little more excited than I should really admit here.
Pork chops, grilled with nothing more than a coating of salt, pepper and oregano, takes me right back to a dinner I made with friends in my early twenties. We were going for a Greek theme, so had a tableful of lemon potatoes, pita bread, Greek salad, spanakopita, baklava and a ton of really good olive oil. Out of that entire feast, it’s the pork chops that emblazoned themselves in my memory. We took them straight from the grill and squeezed some lemon over top. Simple, fresh flavors.
On many nights, I’d be happy with just that squeeze of lemon. But this time, I wanted to elevate the lowly pork chop to something I’d be proud to serve to guests, but still easy enough to throw together on a weeknight. And since this recipe only takes 25 minutes to make, that leaves you plenty of time to enjoy a cocktail or two with your friends. Not muss, no fuss.
Use the sweetest tomatoes you can to give your salsa the most flavor.
Other healthy, cheap grilled recipes:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Grilled Maple Dijon & Chili Drumsticks
Cookin’ Canuck’s Grilled Vegetable Wrap with Hummus
Little Broken’s 30 Minute Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa
Aberdeen’s Kitchen’s Grilled Yellow Corn & Black Bean Tacos
Flavor the Moments’ Grilled Veggie Flatbread Pizza with Pesto
Grilled Pork Chops with Greek Salad Salsa
You can make this fantastic meal in under 30 minutes. The pork chops get a boost of flavor from a fresh Greek salad salsa.
- 4 (1/2-inch thick) bone-in pork chops
- 3/4 tsp ground oregano
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- 1/2 cup diced English cucumber
- 1/2 cup diced tomato
- 3/4 oz. kalamata olive, quartered
- 3/4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
- 4 basil leaves, thinly sliced
- 1/4 tsp ground oregano
- 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- Preheat the grill to medium. Lightly coat the grill with oil.
- Season the pork chops on both sides with oregano, salt and pepper.
- Place the pork chops on the grill. Cook for 3 minutes on the first side, flip and cook until the pork chops are just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Serve with the salsa.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the cucumber, tomato, olives, feta, basil, oregano, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
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