Caribbean grilled pork with tropical salsa dish

Caribbean grilled pork with tropical salsa

This tangy, sunny dish will help you feel that summer is just around the corner.

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Cooked, sliced pork with salsa on a cutting board.


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6 servings 
20 minutes (prep: 10 mins / cook: 10 mins)

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20 minutes


10 g/serving


  • 1 small pineapple (about 2 cups/500 mL), peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 medium orange, peeled and diced
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) fresh cilantro, minced
  • Juice of half a fresh lime
  • ½ tbsp (7 mL) sucralose brown sugar blend
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) minced garlic
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) minced ginger
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) ground cumin
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) ground coriander
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) turmeric
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) canola oil (plus more to oil the grill)
  • 6 pork loin chops (about 3 oz/90 g each)


  • Calories 210
  • Carbs 10 g
  • Fibre 2 g


  1. Make salsa by combining pineapple, orange, cilantro and lime juice in bowl. Set aside. Can be prepared up to 2 days in advance and refrigerated.
  2. Make rub for pork chops: in small bowl, combine brown sugar blend, garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander and turmeric. Do not omit turmeric as it lends a lovely yellow hue to this dish.
  3. Brush both sides of pork chops with canola oil and apply rub to both sides.
  4. Preheat barbecue to medium-high. Place pork chops on grill for about 5 minutes per side or until cooked to internal temperature of 160 °F (70 °C).
  5. Serve each chop accompanied with 1/3 cup (75 mL) salsa.

Vegetarian option:

Use one extra-firm block of tofu (cut in 6 pieces). Marinate each piece of tofu for minimum of 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Preheat barbecue to medium-high. Place tofu on grill for about 5 minutes per side.

Per serving (1 chop and 1/3 cup/75 mL salsa)

  • Calories 210
  • Protein 19 g
  • Total fat 10 g
    • Saturated fat 2 g
    • Cholesterol 50 mg
  • Carbohydrates 10 g
    • Fibre 2 g
    • Sugars 8 g
  • Sodium 32 mg
  • Potassium 376 mg

© 2022 Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Reproduced with permission from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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