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Asian Kale Salad with Seared Pork Chops
and cashew dressing / Asian pears / celery

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This salad was last featured in 2017 and has layers of texture and flavor highlighted by a bed of greens and a creamy cashew dressing.
Smarts: Make a double batch of dressing tonight and use it again in Thursday's salad.



Asian Kale Salad with Seared Pork Chops:
  • Pork chops, boneless - 1 lb (<1" thick)
  • Celery - 4 ribs , thinly sliced
  • Cilantro leaves - 1 Tbsp
  • Asian pears - 1 , julienned or sliced (sub any type of pears)
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Baby kale - 8 oz (sub baby spinach)
  • Sunflower seeds - 1/3 cup
Cashew Dressing:
  • Ginger, fresh - 1 tsp , grated
  • Cashew butter - 1/4 cup (sub any nut butter)
  • Bragg's / coconut aminos - 3 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, rice - 2 Tbsp
  • Honey - 2 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Sriracha - 1 Tbsp , more or less to taste
  • Lime juice - 1 Tbsp


  1. Make dressing - (Double if making Thursday’s meal.) Grate ginger. Soften cashew butter in the microwave for ~30 seconds. Mix with ginger, aminos, rice vinegar, honey, cooking oil, Sriracha (or other hot sauce), and lime juice. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Pork chops - Season with some salt and pepper and tenderize with a fork. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)Pork chops - Season with some salt and pepper and tenderize with a fork. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  3. Celery / Cilantro / Asian pear - Prep as directed.

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  1. Heat a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush with oil and then place pork chops on heated oil. 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 (or 63C) degrees.

  2. When done, transfer pork to a cutting board and cover. Let rest for ~5 minutes before slicing.

  3. Add celery, Asian pear, and sunflower seeds to kale. Toss and portion out the salad. Top with pork slices and cilantro. Drizzle dressing over top. Enjoy!



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