As families and friends gather on patios and decks to enjoy the warmth of summer and meals fresh off the grill, many are searching for that perfect ingredient that can complement salads, appetizers, main courses, desserts and more.
This year, you can turn to pecans to elevate meals and give your guests something to rave about. Iconic for their flavor versatility — shining in a wide range of profiles from sweet and spicy to salty, smoky and savory — they’re a tasty addition for favorite summertime recipes.
These Grilled Pork Chops with Peach Pecan Salsa, for example, are loaded with fresh flavors for an easy, nutritious warm-weather meal.
Taste is just the beginning — pecans also pack a nutritious punch with a unique mix of health-promoting nutrients and bioactive compounds. Known for their rich, buttery consistency and naturally sweet taste, pecans have a longstanding tradition as a nut topping.
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Grilled Pork Chops with Peach Pecan Salsa
Cook time: 25 minutes
- 4 boneless pork loin chops (each 1-inch thick)
- 3/4 teaspoon, plus 1/8 teaspoon, kosher salt, divided
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 medium peaches, diced
- 2/3 cup raw pecan pieces
- 2 tablespoons red onion, diced
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno pepper
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
Season pork chops with 3/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper, to taste.
Heat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
Grill pork chops until browned, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook 5-6 minutes until food thermometer inserted in center registers 135ºF.
Transfer to plate and rest at least 5 minutes until internal temperature rises to 145º-160ºF.
Gently stir peaches, pecans, onion, basil, jalapeno, lime juice and remaining salt.
Add salsa on top of each pork chop with remaining salsa on side.