Spiced Turkey with Avocado-Grapefruit Relish

Spiced Turkey with Avocado-Grapefruit Relish

3 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 1995

This fresh-tasting citrus relish will perk up even the most jaded appetite, and it goes well with chicken, fish or pork. Serve it with a simple salad of Boston lettuce, scallions and cilantro and whole-wheat couscous.

Ingredients 2 servings

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  • Avocado-Grapefruit Relish
  • 1 large seedless grapefruit
  • ½ small avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon red-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Spiced Turkey
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon five-spice powder, (see Note)
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 turkey cutlets, (8 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil


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  1. To prepare relish: Remove the peel and white pith from grapefruit with a sharp knife and discard. Cut the grapefruit segments from the surrounding membrane, letting them drop into a small bowl. Squeeze out remaining juice into the bowl and discard membrane. Add avocado, shallot, cilantro, vinegar and honey. Toss well to combine.
  2. To prepare turkey: Combine chili powder, five-spice powder and salt on a plate. Dredge turkey in the spice mixture.
  3. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the turkey and cook until no longer pink in the middle, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve the turkey with the avocado-grapefruit relish.
  • Note: Often a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns, five-spice powder was originally considered a cure-all miracle blend encompassing the five elements (sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, salty). Look for it in the supermarket spice section.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 340 calories; 16 g fat(2 g sat); 6 g fiber; 23 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 60 mcg folate; 45 mg cholesterol; 14 g sugars; 3 g added sugars; 2,759 IU vitamin A; 55 mg vitamin C; 47 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 366 mg sodium; 560 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (92% daily value), Vitamin A (55% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1 fruit, 4 lean meat, 3 fat

Reviews 3

January 13, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
We absolutly love this recipe! My husband does not like turkey so I use chicken instead. I make this all the time. He is a super picky eater and loves it!
April 27, 2011
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By: Mixxie Powers
I can see this being a very versatile recipe for other meat/seafood. I followed this recipe exactly (usually I use recipes as a guideline). The relish was a bit fiddly to make as it's harder to supreme a grapefruit than an orange since the membrane is a lot tougher. It was worth a little effort and since the actual turkey cutlets were a cinch to prepare it was still a pretty simple recipe. I served this with another EW recipe, Orange-Infused Roasted Green Beans and Peppers and my own wheat berry salad with lemon, garlic, and thyme. I think I would make this again, especially once I have the grill going. I would add a bit more of the 5-spice powder though. Also, I had a choice of buying turkey breasts instead of turkey cutlets. I chose the breasts because it was a better value and I'd have some left over. I had to slice the breasts horizontally to create my own cutlets. I think the commercially prepared cutlets might be a bit more attractive then mine came out. I might try this with chicken breasts also. I can also see this spice mix and relish being good on seared shrimp. Actually, I think that would be even better.
March 13, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This is absolutely WONDERFUL. I was a little aprehensive when I saw the ingredients but the spice of the turkey and compiments of the relish are PERFECT. My husband has requested this be cooked bi-weekly and I couldn't agree more! It was extremely quick and easy to do as well.
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