Pork Chop Layered Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

Total Time:
1 hr 25 min
20 min
40 min
25 min

6 to 8 servings

  • Pork Chops:
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Three 8-ounce bone-in loin pork chops
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Blue Cheese Dressing:
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • Layered Salad:
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 2 heads Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 cups spinach, stems removed
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • Special equipment: a glass trifle dish

  • For the pork chops: Combine the salt, brown sugar, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, onion powder and black pepper in a small bowl. Season the pork chops on both sides with the spice mixture, cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour.

  • For the blue cheese dressing: Meanwhile, whisk the sour cream, milk, mayonnaise, lemon zest and some salt and pepper in a medium bowl until smooth. Fold in the blue cheese so the crumbles do not come apart. Refrigerate the dressing until you serve the salad.

  • Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat, then add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan; heat. Add the pork chops and cook until golden brown on both sides and a meat thermometer reads 145 degrees F., 6 to 8 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and let rest 5 minutes.

  • For the layered salad: Heat a medium cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, add the bacon and cook, turning once, until crispy, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain on a paper towel- lined plate and crumble.

  • To assemble the salad: Slice the pork chops 1 1/2-inches thick. Put a layer of lettuce in the bottom of the trifle dish, then layer in the spinach, grape tomatoes, onion, hard-boiled eggs, crumbled bacon and peas in that order. Repeat the layers and then top with the pork chops. Serve with the blue cheese dressing.

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