Guest Recipe Contributor – Grilled Pork Chops With Tomato Peach Relish

One of my blog readers, Jennifer Irwin of Columbus, OH, sent me this amazing recipe that I am happy to feature on the blog. Do YOU have an awesome recipe worthy of sharing with Everyday Paleo readers? If so, email me your dish along with a photo of the food and who knows, your recipe might be the next one featured on the blog!  Thanks Jennifer for sharing your paleo culinary masterpiece.

Grilled Pork Chops With Tomato Peach Relish  

3 large garlic cloves
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 fresh lime, juiced.  (Set aside 3 tablespoons for marinade)
4 (3/4- to 1-inch-thick) bone-in rib pork chops (2 1/4 pound)
1 large peach or nectarine
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes (10 ounces), quartered
2 scallions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh jalapeño chile
1/4 cup chopped basil
2 tablespoons chopped mint
2 tablespoons red-wine or cider vinegar
1 tablespoon chili powder (optional)

1. Mince and mash garlic to a paste with 1/4 teaspoon salt.
2. Transfer to a bowl and stir in oil and 3 tablespoons lime juice.
3.  Pour marinade over chops in a glass or ceramic shallow baking dish, then turn to coat. Marinate at room temperature, turning over once, 20 minutes to 1 hour.

Chop peach, then toss with remaining lime juice in a medium bowl and let stand 5 minutes.

Stir in tomatoes, scallions, chile, herbs, and vinegar. Let stand while grilling pork.

Prepare grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-hot charcoal (medium heat for gas).

Meanwhile, remove chops from marinade and pat dry, leaving any bits of garlic. Sprinkle chops on both sides with chili powder, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper (total).

Oil grill rack, then grill chops, covered only if using a gas grill, turning over once and moving to area with no coals underneath if flare-ups occur, until just cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes.

Serve chops with relish. Accept compliments.

And as always, enjoy!


  1. Heather says

    I’m so happy to have a good recipe for pork chops! The relish will be a delicious touch, too. I’m looking forward to trying this because usually my pork chops are too dry.

    Thank you, ladies!
    Heather :)

  2. Susan says

    Just curious as to your thoughts on the weight loss supplement “Meltdown”. I am trying to lose 10 vanity pounds and it is slow going. I am doing everything right (paleo eating, no nuts, no fruit, calories around 1,100, and exercising 4 times a week.) I was looking for something to give me some extra help! I have a wedding to go to Sept 10!

  3. Hayley says

    Hi Sarah,

    I can’t thank you enough for your book Everyday Paleo. You have changed my life!! For 10 years I was told I had IBS and just to ‘deal with it’, but because of you I discovered I didn’t have IBS, I was eating foods that humans were not made to eat. It’s been 2 weeks eating 100% compliant from your weekly meal plans, and all my symptoms have disappeared and I feel absolutely fantastic!! I am extremely grateful to you Sarah. My boyfriend has seen such a remarkable change in me that he has started everyday paleo and is loving it as well. Quick question if I may, my boyfriend is a Personal Trainer, so has a very active job, and he also trains 0.5hrs of cardio and 1.5hrs of big weights every day. Because he is so active, should I increase his portion size, or add a bit more fat to each meal (nuts/coconut) or give him extra snacks throughout the day? Or leave the portions as they are?

    I really appreciate your help Sarah, you are wonderful!!

    Sending you hugs from Australia,

  4. Ryan says

    I realize you asked Sarah for advice and not me, but i would bet you’d benefit from a little less activity and some more calories in your diet. I realize this sounds counter-intuitive, but by being so active and eating so little you’re probably illiciting a huge stress response from your body, (i.e. cortisol, etc.) which is why you’re holding on to those last “10 vanity pounds”. I doubt anyone here would advocate a weight loss supplement. Just make sure you’re getting a lot of sleep, and eating A LOT of Sarah’s delicious recipes, cut out a training session or two and I bet…Voila! (Also, realize as a precaution that if your BF is already exceptionally low, it may not be a good idea to lose any more of it. You didn’t give a baseline of where you are currently.) Sorry for the long post.

  5. says

    The last time I had pork chops was when a friend dropped off some smoked ones for me. They kicked ass. I need to buy some pork chops to do something like this with!

    Tonight is a nice slab of steak for my last evening in Mackinaw City :)

  6. says

    You know what? These pork chops are money! If you don’t have time for setting up a grill, you could even use a cast iron grill pan if you had it. Also, for Thrive Lancaster – sure, substitute the mango – the dish would be excellent with it!

  7. Jenn Irwin says

    Thrive Lancaster – I added a mango to an earlier batch of this that I made, with the peach, and it was awesome! I’m sure it would be great with just the mango!

    I’ve mixed and matched this relish every time I’ve made it and it’s always left my other half licking the plate! Another option would be to cut up avocado cubes INTO the relish. They add an awesome savory flavor to it!

    Last time I made this I doubled the relish and had it on chicken leftovers (that were, tragically, a little dry) – a definite improvement, and I didn’t have to throw out the leftover chicken! Win-Win!

  8. Michelle says

    I made these for dinner tonight and they were BOMBDIGGITY!!! Thanks for sharing, the salsa was nothing short of delicous!
    Now my husband and I will be playing rock/paper/scissors in the morning to see who gets to take the leftovers for lunch!!!!

  9. Shanna says

    The salsa can be simplified even more if you want to save time or don’t have all the ingredients. Yesterday I mixed together just chopped tomato, chopped peach, and chopped avacado, with a little bit of sea salt and lime juice and it was delicious.

  10. Nicole says

    This recipe was wonderful!!! The pork chops are so good and tender, but the salsa really puts this dish over the top! Next time I will be adding avocado to the salsa!

  11. James says

    We tried this today with pork tenderloin instead of chops and the over-whelming compliments were heartily accepted and the meal was thoroughly enjoyed by all!

    we used mandarins instead of peaches as they were out of season up here! still, a huge hit!! the relish was amazing!

    thank you for posting this recipe.

  12. Mia says

    Loved this recipe! I tried it on a fluke tonight after buying some pork chops at the grocery store and these are absolutely delightful. For the relish I just used tomatoes, red onion, avocado, cilantro, and basil because that’s what I had on hand and it still turned out delicious. Looking forward to trying it with fruit in the relish.

    Nice recipe!

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