Watermelon Salsa

August 13, 2015

Hydrating and refreshing watermelon is a summertime favorite, especially for kids. Take it to a gourmet level with this zesty watermelon salsa.

Watermelon Salsa in White Bowl Overhead

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!

Watermelon Salsa in Bowl Close Up

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.

Watermelon Salsa in Dish with Guacamole

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Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

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


  1. Combine watermelon, cucumber, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, mint, and lime juice in mixing bowl. Season with salt.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors meld.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 10 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 22

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What’s your favorite way to enjoy watermelon?

Do you have a favorite summer childhood memory?

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  1. 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. πŸ™‚

    1. 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!

  2. 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 πŸ˜‰ Pretend world I live in. ANYWAY. Great recipe lady!

  3. […] de Mayo themed menu including ceviche, esquites, strawberry arugula salad, roasted fish with watermelon salsa and citrus salsa, and my corn and black bean quinoa […]

  4. 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.

    1. How perfect! And send me that list of watermelon recipes – I’m always looking for more to make! Love watermelon season!

  5. So fresh and delicious hope to finally make this one this week. I’m loving the idea and watermelon is so good right now!

  6. 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!

    1. 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!

  7. 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!

    1. 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!?

  8. 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!

  9. I love watermelon and so this is definitely happening in my life! So refreshing during the summer and so delicious!

  10. 5 stars
    My daughter is such a watermelon fan – she would LOVE this recipe! Bookmarking for the next time the sun comes out!

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