Pork & Nectarine Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing

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Summer is in full swing here in Phoenix. You know this when the temperature breaks 115°F… funny enough, a 101°F day is mild and yes, you can tell the difference. In the midst of these weeks of extreme heat we stay inside more often than not, meaning that I can indulge in my official state of “nesting”.

So far I’ve managed to tackle the ‘Jack-and-Jill’ bathroom that the girls will eventually share with their new baby brother. I went with Navy and Yellow for the colors and it turned out super cute! The bathroom needed a thorough cleaning from topto bottom… my least favorite part of the decorating process… but it was super-fun to put up a new shower curtain, hang new towels, lay down fuzzy rugs, etc. I still have a couple of things in mind for the space, but for now it’s a definite improvement on what was there before. It satisfied my nesting for the moment but I’m already itching to do more. Maybe I’ll post some pictures when I get the chance!

The summer heat has given me no desire to leave the house… ever.

Nonetheless I do, inevitably, get claustrophobic and have to get out from time to time…. always to air conditioned destinations! With this heat comes the desire for cold, refreshing smoothies (or “soothies” as my 2-year-old calls them) and light, satisfying salads.

I thought I’d share one of these salads I concocted with you…

Pork & Nectarine Salad with Creamy (Chunky) Feta Dressing!

The recipe gives instructions for cooking the pork chops on the stovetop, but in the summer (if you’re anything like us) you might want to cook these outside on the grill. We’ll do anything to give our air conditioner a break from its rough job of keeping the house cool through this harsh summer heat!

My kiddos were spending the night at their grandparents’ house the night we made this salad, and the extra time and freedom inspired me to go in a different direction than our usual, olive oil-based dressing that we usually go with for our salads.

When the kids are away, things get a little creamy at the our house… No need to divulge any more details than that… after all, my grandmas and mother-in-law read this blog. 🙂

First I’ll show you the dressing as you want to give it at least 30 minutes to chill in the fridge to let the flavors meld together a bit!

Here’s what you will need:

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Whisk together some crumbled Feta, sour cream, red wine vinegar, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a dash of cayenne pepper to a small bowl…

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Then stir in some fresh chopped chives…

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Cover and store in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (or more).

Just before serving the dressing, stir in some extra-virgin olive oil (1 TBSP at a time), just to thin the dressing out a bit… I added 1-2 TBSP and it was just right…

Now, pay attention… THIS IS MEANT TO BE A CHUNKY DRESSING!!!

Did you get that?

Don’t go adding too much oil… it should be chunky!

Now for the salad…

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Choose a salad green (I used spinach… it’s our favorite).

Then mince some fresh chives and chiffonade some basil… all this means is that you stack the leaves, roll them together into a tight scroll, and then cut them into thin slices…

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Toss the greens with the chives and basil!

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Take your pork loin chops out to bring them to room temperature before brushing them with olive oil and seasoning them with salt and pepper…

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Saute them or grill them… whatever you prefer… then LET THEM REST!

When you take them off the heat they will continue cooking slightly and if you wait to cut into them it will allow their juices to redistribute, resulting in a juicier pork chop!

My guy knows how to grill! Check it out…

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While the pork is cooking, cut the nectarines in half and remove the pits. Brush the flesh with a bit of olive oil and cook them in the saute pan where you cooked the chops or on the grill. Start with them cut-side-down for a few minutes and then give them a minute more on the skin-side.

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Slice the pork and the nectarines. Divide your salad greens amongst your plates and top them with the sliced pork and nectarines…

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And one more shot…

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Sorry, I couldn’t help myself… it was just too beautiful!

Top the salad with the chunky, creamy feta dressing…

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Sprinkle some extra crumbled feta over the top of the salad and add a few grinds of black pepper if you like to finish it off…

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Here is your Pork & Nectarine Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing!

This will cost you about $3.45 per person… A great price for a main dish salad in my book! No sides required for this meal…

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Happy Economical Eating!

Love, Jenna

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