Maple Pork Chops
with kale and pear salad
Pear season is just beginning and we love them paired with kale and pork (or butternut squash for our veggie option). This meal doesn't need a whole lot of prep but has a ton of flavors that help ease us into fall.
Smarts: Don't be scared of eating raw kale. Just give it some time to marinate in a dressing and it breaks down into a lovely salad green.
- Pork chops - 1 lb
- Salt and pepper - for seasoning
- Cooking oil - for brushing
- Homemade balsamic vinaigrette - 3 Tbsp
- Balsamic vinegar - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Apple cider vinegar - 1 Tbsp
- Dijon mustard - 2 tsp
- Maple syrup - 1 Tbsp
- Mild-flavored oil - 5 Tbsp ((Like grapeseed, avocado, vegetable))
- Kale (lacinato or dino, preferably) - 1 bunch
- Homemade balsamic-apple vinaigrette - 3 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp
- French baguette - 5 oz , torn
- Cooking oil - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Pear - 1 , sliced
- Golden raisins - 1/3 cup
- Almonds - 1/4 cup , sliced
Make vinaigrette / marinade: Whisk together balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Marinate kale - Prep kale by tearing leaves off of stems and into bite-sized pieces. Toss with first part of vinaigrette. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
Pork chops - Season with salt and pepper and tenderize with a fork. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
Heat oven to 375F (191C) degrees. Toast bread for 10 to 12 minutes until golden, tossing once midway through.
Heat a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush with some 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 (63C) degrees. When done, let pork rest for ~5 minutes before slicing.
Slice pear and toss with kale, toasted bread, raisins, almonds and second part of the vinaigrette.
Drizzle balsamic vinaigrette over sliced pork and enjoy with kale salad.