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Parmesan Pork Chops with Spinach Salad

My pork chops needed a change, and I stumbled across this pan-fry method. With a few small changes, we transformed them into a yummy spinach salad. —Laurel Dalzell, Manteca, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 thin boneless pork loin chops (1/2 inch thick and 3 ounces each)
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, oil, lemon juice, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; toss to combine.
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk egg whites, mustard, oregano and the remaining salt and pepper until blended. In another shallow bowl, mix bread crumbs with cheese. Dip pork chops in egg white mixture, then coat with bread crumb mixture.
  • Place a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add pork chops; cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and pork is tender.
  • Add spinach to tomato mixture; toss to combine. Serve with pork chops.
Nutrition Facts
1 pork chop with 1 cup salad: 223 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 444mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 fat.
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  • brenda14
    Apr 9, 2016

    A1 The best taste of pork chops ever <3

  • Pomwood
    Sep 7, 2015

    VERY delicious!!! My son who is very picky even ate the whole pork chop! The only thing I did differently was baking them for about 10 minutes after pan frying them for a minute each side on high heat. I'm a paranoid. :-) Definitely going to make this again!

  • HomeChefColleen
    Jul 22, 2015

    We loved this recipe! The pork breading was simply delicious! Instead of fresh tomatoes, I used my canned tomatoes and it was awesome. We even added the feta cheese to the salad. Really good and easy and fast! Thanks for sharing! - Field Editor

  • justmbeth
    Jun 10, 2015

    Good! I used Italian style bread crumbs and served with Creamy Italian Noodles in addition to the salad. Careful not to overcook the chops.

  • Reneemart
    May 21, 2015

    I had a half of a pork loin left from earlier in the week so I used it for this recipe. Cut into medallions and lightly pounded them. Will definitely be making this at again! Quick and good is win win in my book. Loved the simple salad too!

  • DeboraLZ
    Apr 19, 2015

    My pork chops were thick, but I just covered the pan for a couple of minutes while cooking and they were perfect. We really enjoyed the flavor.

  • meaganteal
    Apr 18, 2015

    Salad was great, but the pork had no flavor.

  • bradel
    Apr 13, 2015

    I made this tonight and I was extremely disappointed with the taste of the pork. It wasn't an awful meal because the pork was juicy, but the breading had absolutely no flavor of oregano and parmesan cheese. The salad was the best part of the meal. I won't be making this again.

  • Punkyjoe81
    Apr 13, 2015

    My family LOVED this recipe! The dressing on the salad is so simple and pairs well with the pork. The Dijon mustard in the coating is delicious!

  • annepaulette
    Apr 2, 2015

    Very tasty! will make again.