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Pork chops and couscous salad

July 18, 2013

Summer foods. I forget how fun it is to grill things and make salads and eat outside. 

Especially eating outside, that might be one of my favorite things. 

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Two new recipes involved in this meal, both made the “I would make this again” list. Although I think I would marinate the pork chops overnight so they took on more of the flavor of the fresh herbs. 

Oh, I forgot another thing I really enjoy about summer eating. Walking out my back door, picking veggies and herbs, walking back inside and making dinner. So easy. We have a lot of veggies and we are about to overwhelmed by cherry tomatoes. And we even have ears of corn growing!

Pork chops

1 lb boneless, pork chops

2-3 green onions, chopped

4-5 garlic gloves, chopped

4 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped

2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme

3 tbsp olive oil

Zest from 1 lemon + a little juice

The original recipe said to marinate the chops in olive oil and salt and pepper while you combine the other ingredients, but I would recommend combining all the ingredients and marinating pork chops for 2-4 hours. Grill on each side foor 3-4 minutes, allow to rest for a couple minutes, squeeze a little lemon juice over the top and serve.

Couscous salad with basil vinaigrette 

1 1/2 cups cooked pearl couscous

3/4 cup torn basil leaves

1/2 cup olive oil

1 tbsp vinegar (I used red wine vinegar, but you could do white wine too)

1 cup corn, frozen or fresh

1/2 finely chopped red onion

1 habanero chi, chopped and seeded (knowing Mike’s fondness for not-so-spicy foods, I opted for 1 chopped, seeded jalapeno instead)

6 oz cubed feta cheese

4 cups baby spinach

Salt and peper to taste

Cook couscous, drain and place in large bowl.

In a food processor combine basil, olive oil and vinegar. Pulse until smooth, about 20 pulses. Add dressing to the bowl with couscous. Chop onion, pepper and add to bowl with corn and feta. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve on a bed of baby spinach. 

Both are great summer meals, I would highly recommend enjoying outside. 

 

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