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Grilled Romaine and Pork Chopped Salad


By Ray Dr. BBQ Lampe

Serves 8


  • 3 boneless pork chops, about 3⁄4 in/2 cm thick
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 to 8 scallions, sliced thinly on the diagonal
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp chicken broth
  • 1 1⁄2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1⁄2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tsp sambal oelek (a spicy chili paste found in the Asian foods aisle)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup/70 g julienned carrots
  • 1⁄2 lime, juiced
  • 8 medium Boston lettuce leaves, rinsed, patted dry


  1. Preheat the broiler on high, with the rack 5 to 6 in/12 to 15 cm from the heat. Season the chops with salt and pepper. Place the chops on a broiler pan or bak­ing sheet and cook for 5 minutes, until golden brown. Flip and cook for 5 minutes more, until they reach an internal temperature of 150°F/65°C. Transfer them to a plate to cool. When the chops are cooled, cut them into 1⁄2-in/12-mm dice.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cut-up pork chops and mix well. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pork begins to brown. Add the scallions, garlic, and ginger. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the scallions begin to soften. In a small bowl, mix together the broth, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sambal oelek. Pour half of the broth mixture into the pan and mix well. Add the tomatoes and carrots and mix well. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until well blended and the carrots just begin to soften. Drizzle the lime juice over the pork chop mixture and mix well. Remove from the heat and divide the mixture evenly among the lettuce leaves. Serve the reserved sauce on the side to drizzle as desired.

Lettuce wraps are all the trendy rage, but they get even better when there is a pork chop involved. It’s a great way to eat low-carb and high-flavor. I’ve used Boston lettuce, but you can substitute Bibb lettuce or even romaine for the wrapper. If you like it all a little spicier, you can drizzle on some Thai chili sauce. Cut up some fresh fruit and serve it on the side.

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