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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 1995


Recipe Summary

35 mins


Avocado-Grapefruit Relish
Spiced Turkey


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • To prepare turkey: Combine chili powder, five-spice powder and salt on a plate. Dredge turkey in the spice mixture.

  • 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 Facts

340 calories; protein 30.8g; carbohydrates 23g; dietary fiber 6.4g; sugars 13.6g; fat 15.7g; saturated fat 1.7g; cholesterol 45mg; vitamin a iu 2759.5IU; vitamin c 55.5mg; folate 60.3mcg; calcium 46.6mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 34.4mg; potassium 560.3mg; sodium 366.5mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 3g.

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  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More