Za'atar Rubbed Pork Chop with cauliflower rice tabbouleh
Mediterranean-inspired flavors are the key to this simple, colorful meal. Tabbouleh is a fresh salad made with lots of parsley and finely diced vegetables. To lighten this version up and give it some crunch, we use cauliflower rice instead of the traditional bulgur grain.
Smarts: We used thin-cut pork chops (2 / serving) in the photos. These are often sold pre-cut at the butcher’s counter and cook faster than thicker chops.
- Cauliflower florets - 10 oz (look for pre-chopped “riced" cauliflower from the produce or freezer section)
- Butter - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Pork chops, boneless or bone-in - 4
- Za'atar spice mix - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Shallots - 1 clove, diced
- Cucumbers - 8 oz, diced
- Tomatoes, medium - 1, diced
- Parsley - 1 1/2 cups, chopped (curly leaf will hold up best, but flat leaf will also work)
- Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
- Lemon juice - 1 Tbsp
- Cauliflower rice (ingredients listed separately) - 1 1/2 cups
- Cauliflower rice - (Skip if cauliflower rice was made ahead for Monday.) Pulse florets in a food processor until broken up into ‘rice’-sized bits. Cook in one of two ways: 1) Microwave for 4 to 5 minutes and then fold in butter. Season with some salt and pepper; or 2) Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add butter. Saute cauliflower in heated butter for ~5 minutes, until tender but still crunchy. Season to taste with some salt and pepper. Watch this video for the full how-to on cauliflower rice. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Shallots / Cucumbers / Tomatoes / Parsley - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Pork - Tenderize pork chops with a fork and cover on all sides with Za’atar. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Heat a skillet with cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add pork chops and sear 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.
- Let pork chops rest, covered, for 5 minutes.
- While pork chops rest, make tabbouleh by combining shallots, cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, and cauliflower rice. Taste and season with some salt and pepper. Add an extra squeeze of lemon juice if you’d like the tabbouleh more tart.
- Serve pork chops with tabbouleh on the side. If you have any herb yogurt sauce (or plain yogurt) leftover from Monday, add a spoonful on top of the tabbouleh to give it some extra creaminess. Enjoy!
Tabbouleh was great, really fresh tasting summer salad. Made it greek lemon chicken and dill dip recipe from a few weeks ago! Added a lot of lemon juice. Thought the cauliflower was a clever healthy addition, tasted just like bulghur0 Helpful
This was super easy but also pretty meh. The pork chops were fine, but the tabbouleh would have been much better with bulgur.0 Helpful
Light, tasty, and fun to eat! This meal is great for "meatless Monday." Everyone seemed to enjoy it. I added green bell pepper and mushrooms that were hanging out in the fridge, and used both yellow and green zucchini. Very pretty. The yogurt sauce is interesting. I added extra cilantro to up the herb part. Will make this again.0 Helpful
We made normal tabbouleh, because why oh why would you put cauliflower in tabbouleh?! The spiced pork chops and tabbouleh went well together, just don't mess with a good thing. Bulgur is a healthy whole grain.0 Helpful
The pork chops were good, but nobody liked the tabbouleh in our house.0 Helpful