30 Minute Meal

Grilled Pork Chops with Orange and Grape Salsa

I think I can officially say that the Dog Days of Summer are upon us. Its flipping hot out, and after a brief glance at The Weather Channel, I am pretty sure everyone is hot. This is the part of the summer that I enjoy the least, when its 9am and 90 Degrees out. YUCK. It’s even too hot to play in the pool and water table outside (its in direct sunlight until about 6:00, but even then its too hot out). We are starting to get a little cabin fever here, especially after watching the USA trials for mens gymnastics team, haha, which ended with Ladybug running, “jumping” (her feet don’t leave the ground yet), twirling and climbing over every surface of the living room.
This time of year, you really can’t ask for a better meal than this. Quick to put together (its mostly chopping) and quick to cook, this is perfect for busy and hot nights alike. The fun and unusual combination of grapes and oranges in the salsa gives this a unique twist that really works amazingly well together! We loved every bite of this, and will definitely be making it again this summer!

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Grilled Pork Chops with Orange and Grape Salsa (Sunkist)

4 pork chops
1 TBSP olive oil
1 lime, zested
juice from half a lime (save the other half)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
salt and pepper
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
1 orange, segmented
1 1/2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
1 small red onion, sliced thin
1 tsp oregano
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
2 TBSP olive oil
juice from 1/2 a lime
salt and pepper
Preheat the grill over high heat.
In a large ziplock bag, combine the ingredients for the marinade and the pork chops.
Squish it together so the chops are well covered and place the bag in the fridge while you prepare the salsa.
In a large bowl, combine the ingredients for the salsa and stir together.
Grill the pork chops, turning once, for 3-4 minutes per side, or until they are done.
Transfer to a platter and top with salsa.



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    July 8, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    This looks so summery! I love the colors and imagine that the flavors are just as delightful.

    Good luck with your little gymnast 🙂

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    vanessalillian [[email protected]]
    July 11, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    I'm a recent convert to pork, and haven't ventured down the salsa path yet but it's not very far away. They look great 🙂

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      July 11, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      Fruit salsas are awesome on both chicken and pork!

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    July 11, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    Although I don't eat pork chops very often, unless they're the thick cut ones I can stuff with loads of some kind of stuffing, I'm madly in lust with this dish, especially the salsa! Combining grapes with grape tomatoes and all that other yummy salsa stuff, is a sensational idea! I think I'm going to try it on chicken!

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      July 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      Oh yeah, I this would be a good salsa on chicken, too!

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