A honey-mustard vinaigrette lends bright flavors to both the meat and salad. Unlike lettuce salads, which need to be served as soon as they are made, kale benefits from being prepared ahead.

Ingredients

  • Cider vinegar, ¼ cup (2 fl oz/60 ml)
  • Gluten-free Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon
  • Honey, 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon
  • Olive oil, ½ cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) plus 3 tablespoons
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Black kale leaves, 4 cups (4 oz/125 g) thinly sliced (about 14 stalks with center ribs removed, from 1 large bunch)
  • Tart green apple such as Pippin, 1, cut into matchsticks
  • Center-cut loin pork chops, 4, each about 1¼ inch (3 cm) thick
  • Fresh thyme, 4 teaspoons minced
  • Dried marjoram, 2 teaspoons, crumbled
  • Shallot, 2 tablespoons minced
  • Dry vermouth, ½ cup (4 fl oz/125 ml)

Method

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the vinegar, mustard, and honey. Gradually mix in ½ cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) plus 2 tablespoons of the oil to make a dressing and season to taste with salt and pepper. In a large bowl, combine the kale and apple. Add ⠓ cup (3 fl oz/80 ml) of the dressing and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let stand for at least 10 minutes before serving.
  2. Lightly sprinkle the pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper, and then sprinkle with the thyme and marjoram.
  3. In a heavy large skillet over high heat, warm the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add the pork chops and cook until lightly browned, 1–2 minutes per side. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until the meat feels firm but not hard when pressed and an instant-read thermometer registers 145°F (63°C), 3–4 minutes per side. Mound the kale on a platter and top with the pork chops. Let stand while you make the sauce.
  4. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from the pan. Set the pan over medium heat, add the shallot, and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the vermouth and bring to a boil, scraping up the browned bits on the pan bottom. Remove from the heat and mix in the remaining dressing to make a sauce. Season the sauce to taste, then spoon over the pork chops and serve.

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