Turkey escalopes with nectarine salsa

I enjoy combining meats with fruit, especially in summer. Not too sweet, but just that edge of sweetness along with an escalope of turkey, chicken or duck, even pork. It could be because of my South African roots or it could simply be that it tastes great!

Turkey escalopes with nectarine salsa

  • 4-6 escalopes of turkey or chicken
  • 3 nectarines, washed
  • 1 red  pepper washed
  • a small red chili, washed
  • 1 large spring onion with the green
  • a piece of ginger
  • a handful of mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons of mirrin
  • 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar
  • juice of half a lemon
  • teaspoon of honey
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  1. Clean the nectarines, remove from the seed and cut into small dice.
  2. Cut the red pepper into small dice.
  3. Remove the seeds from the chili and chop finely.
  4. Chop the spring onion, grate the fresh ginger and cut the mint leaves in to chiffonade(roll up the mint leaves into a small “cigar” and slice finely. Separate into “strings”)
  5. Mix together the mirrin, rice vineagr, lemon juice, honey, olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Mix the sauce with the chopped salsa and leave in the fridge to infuse for about 2 hours.
  7. Just before serving… sauté the escalopes is some coconut oil, season, turn to quickly sauté the other side until nicely caramelized. Don’t cook until dry leather!
  8. Arrange the an escalope or two on a pretty plate topped with a serving of salsa. Drizzle with some salsa sauce and olive oil and finish off with a sprinkling of black pepper.
  9. Serve with green string beans or green asparagus, which makes for a colourful and delicious meal.

Serves 4

…Mona Lisa too…

27 responses

  1. Oh Ronell, that photo with the salsa is fabulous! The colours and presentation…. I really like it!

    10/06/2008 at 21:19

  2. This looks divine…blush nectarines and ginger – nice combo.

    10/06/2008 at 22:28

  3. Well, I don’t have any South African roots, but how I love fruity salsas on meat and fish. I just made cornmeal encrusted tilapia with watermelon and pineapple salsa for dinner last night. And I’ve got a lovely bowl of fresh farmers’ market nectarines eyeing me right now. So this is perfect timing!

    11/06/2008 at 13:03

  4. Ann

    I love meats with fruit, too… and your salsa is just mouth-wateringly beautiful!

    11/06/2008 at 14:47

  5. This a lovely, colorful plate of food, Ronell. This is exactly the kind of food we love to eat in the warm Cape Town nights.

    11/06/2008 at 16:21

  6. giz

    Your picture delivers to everyone who eats with their eyes first – that would be almost everyone. What a gorgeous looking dish and not high in fat content either. Looks wonderful.

    12/06/2008 at 02:48

  7. Rita Stasi

    What a lovely dish, it looks very refreshing! I am looking forward to duplicating this for a few people coming to dinner on saturday. Thank you, Rita

    12/06/2008 at 22:12

  8. I haven’t prepared turkey since Thanksgiving, thanks for the inspiration. Looks great with fruit salsa.
    Don’t cook until dry leather, haha, good advise!

    13/06/2008 at 01:38

  9. i love the sound of nectarine salsa!! i just bought some in the market, im planning to make some jam..but seeing these photos im hesitating!! delicious!!

    13/06/2008 at 14:11

  10. Wow it looks so DELICIOUS.
    I can imagine the burst of flavours with each mouthfull.

    13/06/2008 at 16:52

  11. That nectarine salsa looks and sounds absolutely beautiful. What a lovely idea.

    16/06/2008 at 13:15

  12. I too love friut with meat and summer time is really the best time for it, I think.

    27/06/2008 at 04:14

  13. Ronell, I don’t know if I ever told you, but I actually love your photos. Did you take all of them yourself? Those food pics especially… they are always making me hungry when I look at them :)

    03/07/2008 at 19:54

  14. Missing you, Ronell…

    05/07/2008 at 05:28

  15. Anh

    YUm, nectarine is such a lovely fruit. I always love them but never use them in savoury dishes. You have inspired me indeed…

    08/07/2008 at 02:57

  16. I been absent for a few month, remolding my kitchen, and when i came back I discover lot of yummy recipes like this. Ronel, this recipe is absolutly creative and looks delicious

    09/07/2008 at 03:07

  17. This this looks so beautiful and appetizing Ronell! Beautiful pictures also..I found my problem with connecting was Zone Alarm :)

    17/07/2008 at 18:17

  18. Ronell that is definitely a South African meal with an international twist. It looks delicious and I love Mona Lisa too.

    congrats by the way on being named one of Woolworths Taste magazine’s top 5 SA blogs.

    18/07/2008 at 12:32

  19. Jean

    Where, oh, where is Ronell?!!! I visit every day, and nothing new in more than a month. Hope all is well.

    18/07/2008 at 12:40

  20. This looks beautiful! it’s amazing that we americans don’t think about eating turkey outside of thanksgiving or christmas. it’s a real problem, but maybe this dish would change their mind?

    29/07/2008 at 14:23

  21. A beautiful dish Ronell

    07/08/2008 at 18:15

  22. Looks great. Nice and tasty combo, nectarine and ginger…wonderful

    13/08/2008 at 20:23

  23. Hi Ronell

    Beginning to wonder if all is OK? Please drop us a quick line just to say you are OK but in blog hibernation??

    Maybe this will tempt you out – you are this week’s profiled blog on the SOuth African Food & Wine Blogger Directory – here’s your link:



    01/09/2008 at 18:55

  24. I love this recipe ! It’s so yummy !

    06/09/2008 at 09:18

  25. that looks fabulous! i love a bit of fruit too in dishes. i love your recipes – i’m coming over!

    07/09/2008 at 14:28

  26. Just found your new site. Love the photo in your masthead and I really enjoy your food art—colorful, loose and tempting.

    10/09/2008 at 14:27

  27. Hope you are ok there.

    18/09/2008 at 16:58


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