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Pork Chop Layered Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 25 min (includes resting and marinating time)
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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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


Special equipment:
a glass trifle dish
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.