This refreshing watermelon salsa recipe is fast and easy to prepare, and it tastes amazing! You can adjust the ingredients to create a mild, medium, or hot salsa, depending on your preference. Serve this watermelon salsa at summer barbecues and potlucks with corn chips for dipping! It’s also a wonderful topping for grilled fish or chicken. Only 5 ingredients!
Spring is in the air, and this eye-catching watermelon salsa is on the table! Juicy watermelon adds such a delicate, pleasant crunch that you don’t get from traditional salsas. The beautiful deep pink hue of the fruit also creates a very visually appealing appetizer.
Watermelon Salsa Ingredients
- Seedless watermelon
- Jalapeño or serrano pepper
- Shallot or red onion
- Fresh lime juice
- Kosher salt
How to Make Watermelon Salsa
This salsa comes together very quickly, especially if you use pre-cut watermelon from the grocery store (more on that below). Here’s what you do:
Step 1: Combine the first 4 ingredients
Add the watermelon, hot pepper, cilantro, and shallot to a medium-sized bowl.
Step 2: Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine
Add the lime juice and salt, then stir to combine. At this point you’re technically done, but I recommend tasting the salsa to see if it needs adjusting. You can easily increase the heat level by adding more diced peppers. You might want another pinch of salt or a bit more acidity from lemon juice.
Watermelon Salsa Tips
- You can save time with this recipe by using pre-cubed watermelon from the produce aisle at your grocery store. Because the watermelon is being combined with so many other flavors, you won’t be able to tell the difference. The only negative is that prepared fruit and vegetables are almost always more expensive.
- Cut the pieces to a size that will be easy for scooping up with chips. I diced the shallot slightly larger than usual so they would be closer in size to the watermelon. This helps create a more balanced bite.
- I prefer using shallots over red onion because they’re milder and less astringent.
- If you want to get creative, try adding some additional ingredients! Diced cucumber would be amazing. You could also add some additional fruit like mango or pineapple.
- I like serving this salsa with blue corn chips for an appealing color contrast.
How to Cut a Watermelon
Learn how to cut a watermelon with this step-by-step photo tutorial from Fifteen Spatulas!
How Long Does Homemade Salsa Last?
Homemade salsa will technically keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, but I recommend enjoying it within 5 days for the best flavor and texture.
More Homemade Salsa Recipes
If you love this watermelon salsa recipe, be sure to check out my Salsa Verde, Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Salsa, and Mango Salsa.
- 3 cups seedless watermelon, diced
- 1 large jalapeño or serrano pepper, seeded and minced (or to taste)
- 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 cup shallot or red onion, finely diced
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, or to taste (about 3 limes)
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
- Optional: tortilla chips for serving
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the watermelon, jalapeño, cilantro, and shallot.
- Add the lime juice and salt, stirring until evenly combined. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired.
- Serve with tortilla chips or as a topping over grilled fish or chicken.
- Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, but I recommend enjoying it within 5 days for the best flavor and texture.
Please read my full post for additional recipe notes, tips, and serving suggestions!
For immediate help troubleshooting a recipe, please email me using the form on my contact page. I’ll try to respond to urgent questions as quickly as possible! For all general questions, please leave a comment here :)
Jennifer @ Delicieux says
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.
Carolyn Chan says
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 !
kitchen essence says
I have a peach salasa recipe… but this looks much better!
Mandy - The Complete Cook Book says
What a fantastic idea.
I love watermelon, but never make then into salsa, will try your recipe, thanks for posting.
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
Savory Simple says
Thank you for stopping by and also for the sweet compliment! Your site is lovely as well!
Rosemary Mullally says
Sawsan (Chef in disguise) says
I love watermelons and always look for new ways to use them
I love the idea of using them in a salsa!
Reem | Simply Reem says
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!!
What a great way to use up a lot of watermelon – this sounds like it would be great with grilled seafood – thanks for sharing!
Savory Simple says
I had the same thought!
Your watermelon salsa looks so fresh. :)
I don’t mind eat this every day. LOL.
Thank you for sharing. :D
Now we’d like to invite you to submit your food photos on our Food Photography site so our readers can enjoy your creations.
It is absolutely free and fun to make others hungry!
Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says
This looks so refreshing! Perfect summer snack!
kristy @ the wicked noodle says
I LOVE watermelon salsa! The sweet with the spicy is addicting. Great photo!
Granny's Parlour says
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?!
I love how versatile salsa is and how sweet pairs so well with heat. Great recipe. Am so glad you reminded me you moved!
Savory Simple says
Thank you!! And thanks so much for coming by, I’ve been missing my WordPress peeps :)