Turkey Pesto Rolls, Tomato – Avocado Salsa; Bike ride II

Once again, some bright spark decided that I would be happy if my work space on this blog changed to their preference, rather than be kept to mine.

It now has a gray background with instructions in white.

Would someone please tell these developers to stop trying to be clever and creative and just keep stuff so we can get the work done?

Okay, got that bit out of my system.

We get lovely, thinly sliced turkey cutlets here that are perfect for making rolls. You could use chicken, sliced or pounded thin, or even veal cutlets. We had them hot off the grill but you could cook them ahead of time and serve at room temperature.

I originally posted this recipe about 10 years ago – but I’ve made them a few more times so thought I would post again…. with a proper print option this time.

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Turkey Pesto Rolls

These are easy to make with thinly sliced turkey cutlets. (sliced turkey breast meat). We had the other 1/2 of the avocado with a Caprese Salad to start.

  • Author: Katie
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Turkey
  • Method: Grilling


  • 3 thin turkey  cutlets, (10oz, 300gr total) mine were 9″ by 5″ (23cm by 13cm)
  • 3 tsp pesto sauce
  • 3 thin slices prosciutto
  • 6 large basil leaves
  • kitchen string
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 garden-ripe tomato
  • 1 big bunch of  basil
  • 1 tbs pesto
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs white balsamic vinegar


  • Lay the turkey cutlets flat. 
  • Spread each cutlet with 1 tsp pesto sauce.  
  • Top with 1 slice of Prosciutto and 2 basil leaves.  
  • Starting from the short end, roll up.  
  • Cut into thirds.  
  • Tie each slice of roll with string to keep from unfurling as it cooks. 
  • Place the rolls in an oiled grill basket, cover securely and  cook over direct heat for 6 – 8 minutes per side.
  • When done, snip and remove string.  
  • Serve with Tomato Avocado Salsa.
  • Roughly chop the tomato and avocado.
  • Tear large basil leaves, leaving small leaves whole. 
  • Put into a bowl and add the vinegar, oil and pesto.  
  • Stir gently until combined.


By slicing the rolls before cooking they get a nice color on all sides. A grill basket makes it easy to handle. Or you could put them on skewers.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 388
  • Sugar: 3.3 g
  • Sodium: 590 mg
  • Fat: 21.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.9 g
  • Fiber: 3.3 g
  • Protein: 39.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 90.8 mg

Keywords: turkey rolls, pesto, tomato avocado sauce

Turkey Rolls

Even though the temperature was going to be hot yesterday, 38C (100F) we decided to go for a bike ride. It’s always cool pedaling fast along the tree-lined canal.

We did our usual routine: ride for an hour, take a short break so mon mari can have a snack, then ride back for a picnic.

About 15 minutes into the return trip I had a flat tire.

I had ample time for thinking while I walked my bike back to the car…..

I calculated that it took me 45 minutes walking to cover the same distance as I did riding for 15 minutes. That meant that it would take me roughly 2 1/2 hours (with photo breaks) to get back to the car. Someone would be waiting for me for a very long time.

Someone forgot his phone so we couldn’t coordinate a pick-up spot.

Someone also decided that things like patches and tire repair kits weren’t really needed since we’d never, not in 8 years, needed any of it.

But it was a pretty day….

Walking gives one time to appreciate the little things – like the light filtering through the leaves. (Yes, I was bored.)

I was a little concerned that I would run out of water so I was moving at a steady, but not really fast pace, and only taking small sips.

And it was hot.

But the trees were really fascinating! Plus I had my phone handy to take photos.

I even saw a building I’d never really paid attention to before:

I have no idea if it’s a school or conference center or small hotel. Maybe, someday, I’ll find out.

I did make it back without any problems. He had driven around, trying to get to a bridge or access point to rescue me but, without a map….

The picnic was great!

Today is my birthday. I got 2 new bicycle tires, a repair kit and a hand-held compressor for blowing up tires.

Aren’t I the lucky one….

4 thoughts on “Turkey Pesto Rolls, Tomato – Avocado Salsa; Bike ride II”

  1. Well, Happy Belated Birthday since I’m late to the party today!

    I’ve been through that same flat tire thing. Once. That was enough. But I admire your perseverance with as hot as it was! At least you weren’t in the blazing sun the entire time either.

    Those turkey rolls look delicious but I’d have to make them bigger so I didn’t treat them like potato chips!

  2. I hope the compressor et al was gift wrapped ! Agreed..not such a wow factor gift …happy b’ day xx

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