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Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad with Pork Chops

It's all about textures here: crisp carrot slices, hearty pork and chickpeas, and delicate herbs. Make sure to use very fresh mint--it really makes a difference--and get the pan ripping hot before you add the chops; that's what will give them their nice brown crust.

Sunset DECEMBER 2013

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Total: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon harissa*
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 carrots, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas (garbanzos), drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 6 large fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 4 bone-in or boneless pork chops (1/2 to 3/4 in. thick)
  • 1/2 to 1 serrano chile, thinly sliced

Preparation

1. Whisk together lemon juice, zest, honey, harissa, and cumin in a medium bowl. Add 1/4 cup oil and season with salt and pepper. Add carrots, chickpeas, parsley, and mint and toss until well combined. Set aside.

2. Season pork chops with salt and pepper. Heat a heavy stainless steel or cast-iron skillet, large enough to hold chops in a single layer, over medium-high heat until very hot, about 5 minutes. Swirl in remaining 2 tbsp. oil. Add pork chops and sear, without moving, until browned, about 3 minutes. Turn over and cook until just cooked through, 1 to 3 minutes, depending on thickness of chops.

3. Spoon half of carrot and chickpea salad onto a platter. Arrange pork chops on top and spoon remaining salad over them. Sprinkle with chile slices.

*North African chile-spice paste; available at well-stocked grocery stores.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 527
  • Calories from fat: 61%
  • Protein: 30g
  • Fat: 37g
  • Saturated fat: 8.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 21g
  • Fiber: 4.7g
  • Sodium: 329mg
  • Cholesterol: 78mg
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