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Seared Pork Chops with Sauteed Apples
and arugula salad

Active: 40 minTotal: 40 min

Seasonally crisp apples are sauteed with apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and mustard seeds until caramelized and then spooned over seared pork chops. With a light arugula salad on the side, this meal will bring smiles to everyone and fill your home with the warm spices of fall!
Smarts:Toasting the walnuts for the salad will bring out the flavor!


Seared Pork Chops with Sauteed Apples:
  • Pork chops, boneless or bone-in - 4
  • Apples - 2, peeled and chopped
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
Arugula Salad:
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 1 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
  • Walnuts, halves - 2 oz
  • Arugula - 6 oz
  • Cranberries, dried - 1/4 cup

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Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Make vinaigrette - Whisk together vinegar (portion for salad), mustard, and honey. Add olive oil while whisking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Toast walnuts - If you’d like the walnuts toasted, saute in a dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant, 4 to 5 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Pork - Tenderize and season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Apples - Peel and chop apples. Toss with vinegar (portion for pork), lemon juice, and mustard seeds.


  1. Heat skillet with first part of cooking oil over medium-high heat. Sear pork on each side for ~3 minutes. For thin pork chops, this should be enough heat to cook them through. If you’re using thicker pork chops, lower heat and cover with a piece of foil until pork reaches 145F / 63C degrees.
  2. Set pork aside and cover. Let pork rest for 5 minutes. Return skillet to heat.
  3. While pork rests, adjust heat under skillet to medium. Add second part of cooking oil and then apples (including any liquid that has gathered in the bowl). Saute apples until warmed through and starting to caramelize on the outside, 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Just before serving, toss together walnuts, arugula, and dried cranberries. Add vinaigrette until dressed to your liking.
  5. Serve pork with apples on top and salad on the side. Enjoy!

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This meal has 21 reviews

Made a different salad with strawberry’s. The egg mixture wasn’t enough for 4 slices of bread.. but maybe depends on the type of bread you have. Very tasty though (made it for breakfast actually)

By: Nienke
Posted: Jan 19, 2020
Diet: Original

Added vanilla to French toast and did not make the salad. We made scrambled parmesan basil eggs for the side.

By: Karrie
Posted: Apr 24, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free

Very good. We did not do the salad. Added vanilla to the French toast.

By: Eric
Posted: Jan 21, 2019
Diet: Original

We made bacon instead of salad. Very good!

Posted: Jan 03, 2019
Diet: Original

Delish!! Love a brinner :)

By: Jenna
Posted: Jan 02, 2019
Diet: Original

Loved this. It tasted great and was super easy.

By: Megan
Posted: Dec 29, 2018
Diet: Original