It was way too hot and humid to cook in the house today so I knew we needed something that could go on the grill. I decided on pork but didn’t have a premade marinade on hand. One of my favorite marinades on pork is a spicy citrus marinade so I decided to recreate it the best I could.
Besides the grilled pork chops I wanted a sauce or dressing to go with it. I was thinking of something creamy and fresh to combat the spiciness of the pork marinade. We have an herb garden in our back yard so I went to work trying to make a fresh herb dressing for the pork. It turned out light, creamy, and the perfect compliment to our grilled pork!
Spicy Citrus Pork with Fresh Herb Dressing
2 T. oil
2 T. red wine vinegar
3 T. water
2 t. red pepper
1 t. salt
1 t. fresh ground black pepper
1 t. smoked paprika
1 T. orange juice
1 T. fresh lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ t. fresh thyme
6 boneless pork chops
1. Mix all the marinade ingredients in a zipper lock freezer bag.
2. Put in all 6 pork chops and make sure the marinade covers them. If not, add additional water.
3. Place the marinated pork chops in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Fresh Herb Dressing:
1 T. light mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
2 T. light sour cream
1 T. low fat milk
1 t. cider vinegar (or white vinegar)
2 T. chopped green onions
3 T. of chopped fresh herbs (I used parsley, thyme, and sage)
1 garlic clove, minced
1. Mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, milk, and vinegar in a small bowl.
2. Add in the onions, herbs, and garlic. Mix well.
3. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
1. Marinated Pork Chops
2. Heat outdoor grill.
3. Remove pork chops from marinade and lay on the grill. Cook 5 minutes on one side, flip and cook 5 minutes on the other side or until pork reaches temperature.
4. Place 2 pork chops on a plate and serve with the fresh herb dressing.