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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Grilled Pork Chops with Cucumber-Dill Salad

Backyard barbecuing becomes an easy weeknight option with quick-cooking chops and a crisp cucumber salad.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 20 mins
  • servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 1 English cucumber, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for grates
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 4 pork shoulder or rib chops (8 ounces each and 1/2 inch thick)

Cook's Note

Pork shoulder chops are a great low-cost cut; you can also use boneless pork loin chops. Chicken cutlets are another good option.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Combine cucumber, onion, lemon juice, oil, and sugar; season with salt and pepper. Let stand 10 minutes, then stir in dill.

  2. Step 2

    Heat grill to high. Clean and lightly oil hot grates. Season pork with salt and pepper. Grill pork just until cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Serve pork with cucumber salad.

Source
Everyday Food, June 2009

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Reviews (3)

  • 29 Jul, 2010

    Delish! The salad was the right side to go with the chops. I used pork loin chops

  • 22 Jul, 2010

    JMP, thanks for the tip. I took your suggestion and brined the chops for dinner tonight, as per your instructions. They came out great- moist, tender and flavorful, even with the minimal seasoning. I always brine poultry, but I had never thought to do it with pork.

  • 21 Jul, 2010

    Go for one inch chops.. Grocery stores will do this on request -- you just have to wait a bit. I usually order my meat first, then go shopping. Brine the chops. if you have time -- it adds a lot of flavor. The basic receipe is, per pound of meat: 1 quart of water 1/2c sugar (for pork, I use dark brown) 1/4c Kosher salt. Let brine for at least an hour, up to 8 hours. Rinse with cold water, then pat dry. For chicken and shrimp, I use white sugar. Do not brine red meat.