Asian Kale Salad with Seared Pork Chops
and peanut dressing / Asian pears / celery
This peanut dressing is always a hit, and was especially well-loved by our community when served over this hearty salad with seared pork in January 2015.
Smarts: One easy way to 'winter-fy' salads is to add a warm protein to make them feel more comforting.
- Pork chops (<1" thick) - 1 lb
- Baby kale - 11 oz (sub 1 bunch kale, stems removed)
- Celery - 4 ribs , julienned or sliced
- Asian pears - 2 , julienned or sliced (sub other pear)
- Peanuts - 1/2 cup
- Ginger - 1 inch , grated
- Peanut butter - 1/4 cup (creamy is preferred, but crunchy will also work)
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 3 Tbsp
- Vinegar, rice - 2 Tbsp
- Honey - 2 Tbsp
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Sriracha - 1 Tbsp (sub other hot sauce)
- Lime - 1 , juice of
Pork chops - Season with some salt and pepper and tenderize with a fork. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
Make dressing - Grate ginger (if using). Soften peanut butter in the microwave for ~30 seconds. Mix with ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, cooking oil, Sriracha (or other hot sauce), and lime juice. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Dress kale - Dress kale with half of the dressing. Cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes to soften the kale.
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 (or 63C) degrees. When done, let pork rest for ~5 minutes before slicing.
Add celery, Asian pear, and peanuts to dressed kale. Toss and portion out the salad. Top with pork slices and drizzle remainder of the dressing over pork. Enjoy!