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Tuscan-Style Garlic-Herb Pork Chops

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Lindsey Lower

 

Hands-on time 8 mins
Total time 20 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 1 pork chop, 1 tablespoon dressing, and about 3/4 cup beans)
These grilled chops rest in and absorb an herb vinaigrette for a few minutes while you mix what might be the easiest side dish ever--a toss of white beans, briny green olives, and fresh spinach that matches up beautifully with the juicy pork chops.

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced sage leaves
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced and divided
  • 4 (6-ounce) bone-in center-cut loin pork chops
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans unsalted cannellini beans or other white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 packed cup baby spinach leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 12 green olives, pitted and finely chopped (2 ounces)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 328
  • fat 14.8 g
  • satfat 2.5 g
  • monofat 7.8 g
  • polyfat 2 g
  • protein 29 g
  • carbohydrate 20 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 71 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 570 mg
  • calcium 89 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan to high heat.

  2. Combine 2 teaspoons oil, 2 tablespoons parsley, sage, vinegar, rosemary, and half of garlic on a large plate or serving platter; set aside.

  3. Sprinkle pork chops with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and salt. Place pork on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes. Turn pork chops over; grill 3 minutes or until done. Transfer chops to serving platter; turn to coat in herb mixture.

  4. Combine lemon rind, juice, remaining 2 teaspoons oil, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk. Add beans, remaining garlic, spinach, green onions, and olives; stir to combine. Serve with pork chops. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons parsley to garnish.

Cook's Notes

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