Watermelon Salsa ~ Savory Simple

Last week I stopped by a roadside fruit stand to buy peaches for my latest gazpacho recipe.  I have a tendency to go overboard at stands and markets so I always attempt to stick to a shopping list.  Never works. I can contain myself at the grocery store but not with local produce. So two seconds after I got to the stand I made a beeline for some gorgeous watermelon.  They’re in peak season right now, who can resist?  But with just two of us at home, bringing home an entire watermelon means that’s pretty much all we snack on for a week (or two).

I brought about half of it to a 4th of July party, which helped.  I enjoyed some watermelon vodka spritzers.  And then I came upon a recipe for watermelon salsa from Recipe Girl.  SO so good. I figured it would last us awhile but we inhaled the entire batch within a few hours.  This recipe is refreshing, flavorful, unique and just awesome.


Watermelon Salsa
Serves: 4 cups
  • 3 cups seedless watermelon, diced
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • ⅓ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup shallot, finely diced
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. Toss all ingredients together and allow to sit for 15-20 minutes so the flavors have a chance to come together. Add an extra ½ jalapeno if you like your salsa on the hot side.
  2. Serve with tortilla chips.
Adapted from Recipe Girl


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  1. What a refreshing salsa! This would go so well with my quinoa tortilla chips!

  2. Very exciting ;-)

  3. I have so much watermelon at home and need to use it up fast. This is perfect!

  4. This salsa looks so good, I really think I could eat the whole bowl with my afternoon pita chips!

  5. What I would do for a bowl of this right now!! Sounds super awesome.

  6. Looks delicious!!

  7. Great way to use up a slice of watermelon, love this recipe!

  8. I always head to the market with a strict grocery list too. But it never works… The salsa looks wonderful, Jen!

  9. This would be the perfect cool down for the So. Cal. heatwave we’re having now! I will give it a try!

  10. Oh this would be wonderful for a hot muggy day like today! Looks delicious!

  11. this is such a unique idea! so refreshing…and like you, it’s very hard for me to control myself at farmers’ market!

  12. refreshing, beautiful …and lovely as always.

  13. so beautiful and refreshing! love it!

  14. Oh wow, I’ve never had watermelon salsa but I think I will like it, especially with the jalapenos!

  15. Lorraine Not Quite Nigella says:

    I’m so saving this for summer! I’ve had a watermelon, feta and mint salad but not a salsa. I think it would be gorgeous!

  16. I’ve never heard of watermelon salsa, but it looks so refreshing. I’ll have to try this when it’s summer here as it sounds like something I’d love.

  17. I have had a very similar dish which was just excellent – it really makes you do a double take because you associate watermelon with sweet, dessert etc and a salsa is usually savoury but it totally works !

  18. I have a peach salasa recipe… but this looks much better!

  19. What a fantastic idea.
    :-) Mandy

  20. I love watermelon, but never make then into salsa, will try your recipe, thanks for posting.

  21. What a refreshing recipe, love the flavours and colours! This is my first visit here to your blog and I love it, especially the beautiful photos :))x

  22. So refreshing!

  23. I love watermelons and always look for new ways to use them
    I love the idea of using them in a salsa!

  24. As I am reading this post I am chewing chips without salsa and now they taste BAD!!!
    This salsa looks wonderfully delicious, man I really need some now!!

  25. What a great way to use up a lot of watermelon – this sounds like it would be great with grilled seafood – thanks for sharing!

  26. foodporn.net says:

    Your watermelon salsa looks so fresh. :)
    I don’t mind eat this every day. LOL.
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  27. This looks so refreshing! Perfect summer snack!

  28. I LOVE watermelon salsa! The sweet with the spicy is addicting. Great photo!

  29. i doubt I would be able to make this last very long. When I run out of corn chips, I would have it on toast or even just as a side dish, perhaps with slivered almonds. Aren’t you glad you did not stick to your shopping list?!

  30. I love how versatile salsa is and how sweet pairs so well with heat. Great recipe. Am so glad you reminded me you moved!

  31. love the idea to add the spice via jalapeno! thanks! cheers.

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