Grilled Pork Chops with Sweet Potato, Kale & Red Quinoa Salad

 I didn't want just a boring old grilled piece of pork next to a creamy lump of mashed potatoes. Oh no, if we're having fancy grilled pork chops (at least fancy for us), we're fancying up the side also. And it had to be healthy of course.

Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword kale, pork chops, sweet potato
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 461 kcal
Author Alyssa


for the pork:

  • 4 pork chops
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper

for the salad:


  1. Prepare the marinade by combining the oil, cilantro, garlic, salt and pepper. Place pork chops in a bowl or plastic bag, pour marinade over and return to fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. While pork chops are marinating, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Peel and chop sweet potatoes into 1/2" cubes. Toss in a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and roast until tender, 20 - 30 minutes. When done, remove and let cool while you prepare the rest of the meal.
  3. Preheat a grill (or grill pan) over medium heat. When hot, place pork chops down and grill for 5 - 7 minutes. Flip and grill for another 5 - 7 minutes, or until the center is only slightly pink. Remove and let rest for 5 minutes.
  4. While the pork is cooking, heat some olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add kale and cook until starting to wilt, 2 - 3 minutes. Add sweet potatoes and quinoa, toss until warmed and combined. Season with chili powder, paprika and a pinch more salt and pepper.
  5. Serve pork and salad immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Pork Chops with Sweet Potato, Kale & Red Quinoa Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 461 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 248mg11%
Potassium 820mg23%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 6625IU133%
Vitamin C 21.6mg26%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.