Cajun-Spiced Pork Chops with Jalapeño-Orange Salsa & Kale Salad

Cajun-Spiced Pork Chops

with Jalapeño-Orange Salsa & Kale Salad

40 MIN
8 SmartPoints®
2 Servings
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A hearty bed of kale—marinated with a touch of white wine vinegar, then tossed with roasted cauliflower—makes for a refreshing accompaniment to pork chops coated with a piquant blend that highlights paprika, ground mustard, and thyme.

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Cajun-Spiced Pork Chops with Jalapeño-Orange Salsa & Kale Salad
Title
  • 2 Boneless, Center-Cut Pork Chops
  • 1 Navel Orange
  • 1 head Cauliflower
  • 1 oz Sliced Pickled Jalapeño Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Shallot
  • 1 Tbsp Cajun Spice Blend (Smoked Paprika, Ground Yellow Mustard, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Whole Dried Oregano, Whole Dried Thyme & Cayenne Pepper)
  • 1 bunch Kale
Prepare & roast the cauliflower:
1 Prepare & roast the cauliflower:

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven, then preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut out and discard the core of the cauliflower; cut into small florets. Place on a sheet pan. Drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Arrange in an even layer. Roast 22 to 24 minutes, or until browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven.

Prepare the ingredients & make the salsa:
2 Prepare the ingredients & make the salsa:

While the cauliflower roasts, separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then thinly slice the leaves. Peel and medium dice the orange. Peel and finely chop the shallot. Roughly chop the pepper. In a bowl, combine the diced orange, half the chopped shallot, and as much of the chopped pepper as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the salsa to be. Season with salt and pepper. Thoroughly wash your hands, knife, and cutting board immediately after handling the pepper. 

Marinate the kale:
3 Marinate the kale:

While the cauliflower continues to roast, in a large bowl, combine the sliced kale, vinegar, and remaining chopped shallot. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Using your hands, massage the kale until slightly softened. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. 

Cook the pork:
4 Cook the pork:

While the kale marinates, pat the pork dry with paper towels; season on both sides with salt, pepper, and enough of the spice blend to coat (you may have extra). In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned pork and cook 4 to 6 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes. 

Finish the salad & serve your dish:
5 Finish the salad & serve your dish:

While the pork rests, add the roasted cauliflower to the bowl of marinated kale; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Slice the cooked pork crosswise. Serve the sliced pork with the salad. Top the pork with the salsa (including any liquid). Enjoy!

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Prepare & roast the cauliflower:
1 Prepare & roast the cauliflower:

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven, then preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut out and discard the core of the cauliflower; cut into small florets. Place on a sheet pan. Drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Arrange in an even layer. Roast 22 to 24 minutes, or until browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven.

2 Prepare the ingredients & make the salsa:

While the cauliflower roasts, separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then thinly slice the leaves. Peel and medium dice the orange. Peel and finely chop the shallot. Roughly chop the pepper. In a bowl, combine the diced orange, half the chopped shallot, and as much of the chopped pepper as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the salsa to be. Season with salt and pepper. Thoroughly wash your hands, knife, and cutting board immediately after handling the pepper. 

Prepare the ingredients & make the salsa:
Marinate the kale:
3 Marinate the kale:

While the cauliflower continues to roast, in a large bowl, combine the sliced kale, vinegar, and remaining chopped shallot. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Using your hands, massage the kale until slightly softened. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. 

4 Cook the pork:

While the kale marinates, pat the pork dry with paper towels; season on both sides with salt, pepper, and enough of the spice blend to coat (you may have extra). In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned pork and cook 4 to 6 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes. 

Cook the pork:
Finish the salad & serve your dish:
5 Finish the salad & serve your dish:

While the pork rests, add the roasted cauliflower to the bowl of marinated kale; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Slice the cooked pork crosswise. Serve the sliced pork with the salad. Top the pork with the salsa (including any liquid). Enjoy!

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