Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa

11 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, August/September 2005

Sweet, savory and crunchy salsa accompanies grilled pork or chicken rather nicely. Try it with tortilla chips as a refreshing alternative to a tomato salsa.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 3 cups finely diced seedless watermelon (about 2¼ pounds with the rind) (see Tip)
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced (see Note)
  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro (about ½ bunch)
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup minced red onion (about ½ small)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste


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  1. Place watermelon, jalapeños, cilantro, lime juice and onion in a medium bowl; stir well to combine. Season with salt. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
  • To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  • Tip: Melon selection & storage: Look for symmetrical unblemished melons, without flat sides, that have a creamy yellow spot on the bottom indicating ripeness. At 92% water, this fruit should feel heavy when you heft it. Precut melon flesh should be dense, firm and appear moist. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or keep in a cool, dark spot. Cover the cut surface of melon with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  • Note: The seeds and surrounding membrane are the spiciest part of the chile pepper. To increase the heat of the salsa, use some or all of the seeds, depending on your preference, along with the flesh of the pepper.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ½ cup
  • Per serving: 26 calories; 0 g fat(0 g sat); 1 g fiber; 6 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 6 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 505 IU vitamin A; 35 mg vitamin C; 9 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 75 mg sodium; 122 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (58% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: ½ fruit, ½ Carbohydrate Serving

Reviews 11

July 24, 2018
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By: Sandy
Delicious. I added corn....
July 11, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
What happened to the tomatoes? The title insinuated that watermelon AND tomatoes would be in the recipe. But when I read the recipe, no tomato...bummer. Watermelon and Tomato Salsa. Turn a staple summer fruit into an exciting new snack. Eating Well's Watermelon and Tomato Salsa will be a sure hit at any summer fiesta. Not only is watermelon a delicious way to stay hydrated - this lycopene-rich fruit is great for glowing skin and radiant hair.
May 25, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
So good and refreshing!!! Delish!!!
June 19, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Great Summer Salsa Have made this many times. I'm surprised no one has mentioned cutting the watermelon in half and removing the watermelon for the salsa, using the hallowed out shell as a serving dish. Simple and festive... Pros: Sweet and spicy
June 29, 2011
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By: arvida224
Excellent Flavor I love watermelon so much that I am loathe to make recipes with it. I'm glad I controlled myself long enough to make this recipe - absolutely delicious. I don't even need tortilla chips - tastes great alongside food on the plate. Pros: Love combo of fruit, jalapeno peppers and lime juice Cons: Summer is too short
May 25, 2011
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By: MaritimeGal
I wonder how this would be with pineapple? I have made a similar recipe with mango, and have used watermelon in green salads (fantastico!). I was intrigued by the combination of watermelon and pineapple in the picture, but there is no pineapple listed in the recipe. I would love to grill up some pineapple and use it. Mmmmmm!
October 13, 2010
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By: wyldtruth
I have made this salsa so many times - easy, delicious, great for a big crowd - people always look forward to it and are suprised to find out it is watermelon! A gem of a recipe!
July 21, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
I agree...FANTASTIC!! And to the previous response, stick with corn chips. I like blue corn.
July 15, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
LOVE this recipe! Had been at a friend's who had made a little batch just for us to try. Well, it took only one bite from each of us and she was in the kitchen making a huge batch! I realize this recipe is healthy, but I'm concerned about the chips I use to dip it. Any suggestions on chips to make it all healthy? Thanks!! -Anonymous
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