May is a wonderful time of year for grilling fresh, flavorful entrees outdoors. This Greek style pork recipe can be made in a flash—it takes only 26 minutes to prepare! I love using boneless pork loin chops because they cook quickly, are low in calories and fat, and pair with a myriad of flavors, toppings and accompaniments. This particular dish highlights Mediterranean ingredients by using Greek seasoning, cucumber, tomatoes, dill, lemon juice and olive oil.
Marinating the pork in a Ziploc® Brand All Purpose Marinade Bag is a super easy way to add a ton of flavor to this dish. After marinating for at least 20 minutes, grill the pork outdoors on your gas or charcoal grill, or if the weather isn’t good prepare indoors using a grill pan over medium-high heat.
While the pork is marinating, prepare the tomato-cucumber mixture, which is a wonderful, light spring side dish. I’ve lightened up a tzatziki-style sauce by using plain nonfat Greek yogurt, lemon rind, lemon juice, salt and chopped cucumber (besides tasting delicious this dip is loaded with protein from the yogurt).
If you’re lucky enough to have leftover tzatziki sauce, store in a small Ziploc® Twist 'n Loc® Container and serve later alongside salmon or as a dip with crackers.
Serve the pork and tomato-cucumber mixture with wild rice and a green vegetable, and dinner is ready to go!
Greek Style Pork
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 6 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
4 boneless pork loin chops
1 1/2 teaspoons Greek seasoning
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, divided
6 ounces nonfat plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 1/2 cups chopped cucumber, divided
1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Season pork chops with Greek seasoning, salt and pepper. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Place in a Ziploc® Brand All Purpose Marinade Bag and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine yogurt, dill, 1/2 cup cucumber, lemon zest, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and salt, if desired.
In another bowl combine tomato, remaining cucumber, red onion, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Spray your grill’s cooking grates with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat grill to medium-high heat (350°F to 400°F).
Once preheated, grill pork for 3 minutes on each side or until an instant thermometer registers 140°F.
Remove pork from pan and serve with tomato mixture and tzatziki sauce.
What do you plan on serving with this pork dish?
Photo courtesy of Alison Lewis.