This is a simple, refreshing, summertime Watermelon Salsa recipe!
Watermelon salsa is a beautiful, fresh, fruity salsa to make instead of your usual tomato salsa. Some people are wary of a fruit salsa, claiming that it’s not to be considered a salsa if it’s not made with tomatoes. Well I’m here to tell you that it actually happens to be super delicious. It’s made with all of the ingredients that you’d use to make a more classic tomato salsa, but you’ll be using chopped watermelon in place of tomatoes. You must try it!
If you happen to have leftover watermelon from a party, use it to make watermelon salsa! You only need three cups of finely diced watermelon for the recipe. Be sure to use seedless watermelon so you don’t have any seeds lurking around in the bowl of salsa.
- seedless watermelon
- jalapeño pepper
- fresh cilantro
- red onion
- freshly squeezed lime juice
How to make Watermelon Salsa:
The printable recipe is at the bottom of this post.
Toss the watermelon mixture with lime juice. Season with salt. That’s it! Serve at room temperature (or chilled).
Watermelon salsa is excellent served with tortilla chips (just like regular salsa would be served). Thinly sliced jicama is also great for dipping into this salsa. Enjoy!
Consider making watermelon salsa for your next backyard barbecue or happy hour at home. It’s also delicious used to top fish, to serve alongside grilled chicken or steak or to add to tacos. This is a salsa that screams “summer,” and I think it’s a recipe you will enjoy making more than once.
Comments from RecipeGirl readers:
- Amanda: “I made this for the 4th of July and it was AWESOME! I’m not the kind of person who usually makes food for parties, but I’m so glad I made it. It’s already being requested for other holidays.”
- Lillie: “OMG. I loved it! I have been snacking on it all day. It has a great texture, but it’s not too sweet. I have been telling people all day at work to make it! Thank you 🙂”
The Best Salsa Recipes:
- Blueberry Salsa
- Fresh Corn and Sun Dried Tomato Salsa
- Restaurant Style Salsa
- Salsa Fresca
- Fruit Salsa
- 3 cups finely diced seedless watermelon
- ⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- ¼ cup finely minced red onion
- 1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste
- In a medium bowl, toss watermelon, cilantro, onion and jalapeno with lime juice. Season with salt. Serve at room temperature (or chilled).
- Use a combination of yellow and pink watermelon to make this a really colorful salsa!
- Be sure to take out the seeds and the inside membrane from the pepper- that's the extra-hot stuff.
- It's okay to make this early in the day and let it chill until serving. I've found that it's also good the following day. Drain if juices accumulate.
- Serve with tortilla chips or slices of jicama.
i made this salsa but soon found it to be too watery. could not serve it. can you tell me how to keep it from becoming too watery?
Some watermelon contains more juice than others- so it’s a little hard to pinpoint. Drain it?
OMG. I loved it! I have been snacking on it all day. It has a great texture, but it’s not too sweet. I have been telling people all day at work to make it! Thank you 🙂
I made this for the 4th of July and it was AWESOME! I’m not the kind of person who usually makes food for parties, but I’m so glad I made it. It’s already being requested for other holidays.