A plate with grilled pork chops and cucumbers.

Grilled Cider Pork Chop + Zucchini Ribbon Salad – Alison Mountford

By Alison Mountford, contributing chef, RINewsToday




About – Raw zucchini ribbons are a fun and different way to serve the ubiquitous garden staple. Since you eat them raw, it also makes for a really speedy side dish. If you don’t eat pork, you can still use this side dish recipe!



¼  cup apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon rosemary

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1.25 pound pork chop (boneless, or they’ll weigh more with bones)


1 pound zucchini

1 lemon, zest and juice

1/4 cup fresh parsley or basil

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided



In a small bowl, whisk together the marinade ingredients. Add the pork chops and turn to coat. Let sit for at least 5 minutes and up to overnight, covered in the refrigerator.


Wash zucchini and trim the very tough stem end only. Use a vegetable peeler to make long ribbons, into a bowl, then keep going all the way down to the core. It might be challenging to peel into the seedy center, so at that point, finely dice the center into little cubes and just add to the ribbons.

Zest the lemon into the bowl, then add the juice. Add salt, herbs, olive oil. Toss and let the salad sit at room temperature until you’re ready to serve. It’s best served about 15 minutes later but more, or less, is ok too.


Grill the pork outside, or sear it inside in a cast iron (or similar) skillet. Season with a pinch of salt and cook over medium-high heat for about 5-6 minutes. Then flip when deeply browned and cook the other side for 3-5 minutes or until pork registers 145 degrees F in the center – or is done to your desired doneness. Let rest for 3 minutes and slice to serve.


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Chef Alison Mountford is the founder of Ends+Stems – which is a meal planning membership and recipe website to reduce food waste. “Chef Alison” also hosts a series of online courses for easier weeknight meals and feeding picky eaters with less stress. Alison began in 2005 as a personal chef and caterer in San Francisco but she recently returned home to Rhode Island!

She is passionate about helping families eat well together, with less frustration. Alison is often hired as a speaker to share about household food waste, feeding busy families, and sustainability in the kitchen; she’s appeared many times on The Rhode Show and other podcasts and webinars.

Alison is also the Market Coordinator at Hope & Main – Rhode Island only culinary incubator – where she loves helping new food businesses expand their social media, brand, and increase sales at the farmer’s markets!