Hydrating and refreshing watermelon is a summertime favorite, especially for kids. Take it to a gourmet level with this zesty watermelon salsa.
I was compensated for writing the original article and developing the recipe found in the August 2015 issue of Today’s Dietitian. I was not compensated for sharing the column or magazine with readers on my blog. All opinions are my own.
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Raise your hand if you love watermelon!
[Hand raised] I DO!!!
Ever since I was a kid, watermelon has been one of my absolute favorite fruits. Everything about it reminds me of summer – the refreshing, juiciness of it, the bright pink-red color, and the image of sitting on the back porch with watermelon juice running down my chin. Now I get to enjoy the same things I loved about it when I was a kid, but in a grown-up version like this Watermelon Salsa!
I now see the same with my own kids, but for me, watermelon has taken on many more uses than just a cooling summer afternoon snack. It’s the perfect summer-worthy ingredient that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Watermelon paired with feta or ricotta cheese for savory appetizers, watermelon gazpacho, and watermelon-based cocktails are all nutritious and delicious combinations that take my favorite fruit to a whole new level. As does this watermelon salsa, which was also featured in the August issue of Today’s Dietitian Magazine.
You can head over to my Culinary Corner column to learn all about the nutrition benefits of watermelon, and then get to chopping to make this sweet, crunchy, refreshing salsa to serve with chips or over grilled chicken, beef, or fish.
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Watermelon, cucumber, red onion, and jalapeno come together for a flavorful and refreshing twist on a classic salsa. Serve with chips or over fish, beef, and chicken.
- 3 cups finely diced watermelon
- 1 1/2 cups peeled, seeded, and finely diced English Cucumber
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 1-2 jalapeno peppers,, seeded and minced
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/4 cup chopped mint
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
- Combine watermelon, cucumber, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, mint, and lime juice in mixing bowl. Season with salt.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors meld.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 10 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 22
Whoa! Joey would devour a bowl of this watermelon goodness… Mom might too! My favorite summer childhood memory is of course eating dinner on my parents patio— usually grilled steaks with fresh strawberry salad! Come to think of it I think all of my favorite childhood memories involve food. 🙂
I def can and my girls love it too! That memory sounds fantastic! I’d say many of my childhood memories involve food too, lol!
This looks amazing! What a fun summer salsa. I’m going to have to try it ASAP. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much Andrea! Hope you love it!
I ADORE watermelon too! So refreshingly crisp and sweet! We used to eat it in the summer with a German recipe called rollkuchen. Which is basically deep fried dough with honey on it. The watermelon made it healthy 😉 Pretend world I live in. ANYWAY. Great recipe lady!
Haha…everything in moderation 😉 Thanks so much!!
this is such an awesome take on salsa! Great idea using watermelon 🙂
Thanks so much Rachel!
Love the idea of watermelon in a salsa. Your suggestions for serving with fish or chicken would be amazing!
Thanks Diane! Hope you try it and love it!
Yumm! This looks DELICIOUS & so refreshing! I will have to try this out on Labor Day!
I hope you do!!
This looks amazing! So fresh and delicious!
Thanks Sonali! It’s great even on it’s own!
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I have been hoarding watermelon recipes and this one is going on the list! Can’t wait to make it the next time we grill out.
How perfect! And send me that list of watermelon recipes – I’m always looking for more to make! Love watermelon season!
So fresh and delicious hope to finally make this one this week. I’m loving the idea and watermelon is so good right now!
I used to think my mom was so weird when she used fruit in things like salsa or really anything that involved veggies. And now, I love thinking up new ideas of how to incorporate them in new ways. This is a winner!
Haha…you’re so lucky your mom did that – I think it sets a great example for kids and that’s what I try to do for my kids. Glad you no longer think it’s weird and hope you give this one a try!
Love this flavor combo! I actually have a recipe coming tomorrow with watermelon, cucumber and lime – so totally different than this though. I think a watermelon potluck is in order!
It’s such a good combo! Can’t wait to see your new recipe, and I am ALWAYS up for a watermelon potluck! We can have one virtually, right!?
What a great summer recipe and the perfect way to use all the fresh fruits and veggies in season right now! My kids would love this!
Thanks Laura! Hope you all enjoy this summer!
This is one of my favorite summer salsas! so refreshing!
Thanks so much Maria! Enjoy!
This sounds so refreshing! I want to eat it up now!
It is! Hope you give it a try!
Sweet, tangy, spicy, refreshing – all in one – I love it!
Yes to all of the above. Enjoy Alisa!
I love watermelon and so this is definitely happening in my life! So refreshing during the summer and so delicious!
I can’t wait to hear how you like it Taylor!
This Watermelon Salsa screams Summer! So refreshing!
It sure does! Hope you give it a try Jillian!
I love this concept! Salsa can be so versatile, and this sounds so good!
Thanks Katie, hope you try this watermelon salsa before the summer ends!
This looks so refreshing! I could eat this watermelon salsa every day!
Same here Taylor!
I am loving all the watermelon recipes at the moment. This is a such a nice twist on salsa.
Thanks Danielle. We can’t get enough watermelon now either!
My daughter is such a watermelon fan – she would LOVE this recipe! Bookmarking for the next time the sun comes out!
I hope she enjoys it! How old is she? My girls are 6 1/2 and love it too!
Not very flavorful.
I’m so sorry to hear that Deb. Did you make the recipe as written?