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Pork Cutlets with Olive-Caper Sauce
lemony kale and fontina salad

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These pan-seared pork cutlets are elevated to something special with a savory olive-caper sauce. A lemony kale salad keeps this dinner fresh and light! We last featured this meal in 2015.

Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Pork Cutlets with Olive-Caper Sauce:
  • Olives, kalamata, pitted - 1/2 cup, finely chopped
  • Capers - 2 Tbsp, rinsed and drained
  • Pork tenderloin - 1 lb, sliced and pounded thin (sub boneless pork chops)
  • Flour, all-purpose or whole wheat - 1/2 cup
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Stock, any type - 1 cup
Lemony Kale and Fontina Salad:
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
  • Cucumber - 8 oz, chopped
  • Cheese, fontina (sub any mild cheese like provolone or mild cheddar) - 3 oz, cubed
  • Baby kale - 5 oz (sub large kale leaves, thinly sliced or arugula)

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Prep

  1. Make vinaigrette - Combine lemon juice, vinegar, honey, and mustard. Whisk while slowly adding olive oil. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Olives / Capers - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

  3. Cucumbers / Cheese - Prep as directed and store separately. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  4. Pork - Slice into 3/4” / 1.9 cm thick cutlets. Place each cutlet between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound with a tenderizer until roughly half as thick. Season generously with some salt and pepper. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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Make

  1. Spread flour out in a baking dish or shallow bowl.

  2. Heat a skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat and add cooking oil. Let it heat until shimmering. Working with one piece of pork at a time, coat it in flour (shaking off excess) and then transfer to heated pan.

  3. Sear pork until golden brown and cooked through, 2 to 4 minutes on each side. (Do this in batches, adding more oil between each batch if needed.) Transfer pork to a plate and cover to keep warm.

  4. Return skillet to heat and reduce to medium. Add stock and whisk to combine with any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil. Add olives and capers and continue boiling until sauce thickens, ~2 minutes.

  5. Pour sauce over pork. Toss kale with cucumbers, cheese, and vinaigrette and top with some black pepper. Serve pork with salad on the side and enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (15)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (1)
Vegetarian (3)

11 reviews

If you like olives and capers, you'll love this! Easy to make, and delicious. We made the salad with arugula instead of kale, and also made rice to add in some more carbs. Kids loved it. Partner hates salad and olives, so not a hit with him.

By: Seren
Posted: Jan 20, 2022
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

I made the GF version. I liked that it was quick and easy, but the almond flour was a little too grainy for my liking. I would suggest using a very fine almond flour (or other GF flour) and don’t hold back on the salt and pepper.

By: Leslie
Posted: Jan 20, 2022
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

This was so good, the picky eaters even ate it all! I used a garlic and herb pre-marinated tenderloin and it was delish and pretty easy to prepare. Also subbed almond flour for regular.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Jan 19, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

You call this dinner? Look at the calorie content! Where is the protein? We had canned food an hour later because we were still hungry.

By: Suvi
Posted: Jan 19, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
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Just ok. All mushrooms - kind of overpowering. They were pretty much the whole sauce. Kind of bland overall. One kid didn’t like the polenta at all. Salad was fine. Won’t be making again.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Jan 19, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
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I was skeptical that the sauce would be good as it never really thickened but everything was very flavorful and tasty.

By: Annie
Posted: Jan 19, 2022
Diet: Original
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