Sweet and Sour Pork Chops with Medjool Dates


  • 16 Natural Delights Medjool Dates, pitted, chopped and divided
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 Tbsp low-sodium tamari
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 lbs boneless pork loin chops, about ½-inch thick
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Olive oil to taste
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro


  1. To a medium saucepot, add 12 dates, water, tamari, rice vinegar and ginger; heat on medium, stirring occasionally. Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes
  2. Remove from heat and pulse in a small food processor until smooth.
  3. Transfer to a bowl, cover and set aside.
  4. Preheat a seasoned grill or grill pan over medium-high. Season pork chops on all sides with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill chops for about 10 minutes, turning once, glazing with sauce during last 3 minutes of cooking.
  5. Glaze a final time and serve with salad.
  6. Garnish with remaining dates and cilantro.

Serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving  - Calories: 750, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 0g, MUFA: 9.51, PUFA: 1.57, Cholesterol: 185mg, Sodium: 610mg, Potassium: 1549mg, Carbohydrates: 73g, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 64g, Protein: 71g, Vitamin A: 4%, Vitamin C: 2%, Calcium: 15%, Iron: 15%