Grilled turkey with watermelon and herb salad

Grilled turkey with watermelon & herb salad

Total Time
58 min
20 min
8 min
Looking for a nice alternative to grilled chicken? These turkey cutlets marinates in the zesty flavor of a lime, oil and cumin for just 30 minutes. For a more elegant look, you can use a melon baller instead of watermelon cubes to make this delicious salad. The feta, shallots and watermelon offer the perfect mixture of savory and sweet in the salad. For a change from feta, give ricotta salata a try. It’s salted, pressed, and aged and has the same salty flavor as feta. Unlike feta, ricotta salata is not aged in brine, so it has a drier texture.


Cooking spray

3 spray(s)

Uncooked turkey breast cutlets

20 oz, 4 (5-ounce) cutlets

Ground cumin

½ tsp

Lime zest

2 tsp, finely grated, divided

Fresh lime juice

5 Tbsp, divided

Olive oil

1 Tbsp, divided

Table salt

¾ tsp, divided

Black pepper

¼ tsp


3 cup(s), seedless, 1/2- inch cubes


1 medium, thinly sliced


1 cup(s), loosely packed

Fresh mint leaves

1 cup(s), loosely packed, torn

Fresh parsley

½ cup(s), loosely packed

Crumbled feta cheese

¼ cup(s)


  1. Place the turkey, cumin, 1 tsp lime zest, 2 tbsp lime juice, and 1½ tsp oil in a large resealable plastic bag. Squeeze out the air and seal the bag; turn to coat the turkey. Refrigerate, turning the bag occasionally, at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk ¼ tsp salt and the remaining 1 tsp lime zest, 3 tbsp lime juice, and 1½ tsp oil in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Spray a grill rack with nonstick spray. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat or prepare a medium-high fire. Remove the turkey from the marinade; discard the marinade. Sprinkle the turkey with the pepper and remaining ½ tsp salt. Grill the turkey, turning once, until cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. Add the watermelon, shallot, cilantro, mint, and parsley to the dressing and toss to coat. Sprinkle with the feta and serve with the turkey alongside.
  5. Serving size: 1 turkey cutlet and 1 cup salad