Spicy Watermelon Salsa

Philip Hoel


With summer coming on-we're always looking for a great way to use the fruits of the season; and watermelon is the quintessencial fruit of summer. I actually got the idea for this recipe from watching Top Chef, on Bravo TV. In a couple of seasons, some of the cheftestants made dishes combining watermelon and heirloom tomatoes. This got me to thinking, if watermelon and tomato could work together-why not replace tomato with watermelon in my standard salsa recipe? It worked!

This recipe works very well over say grilled chicken, or pork, or even a mild poached fish; just add a light side and a cold glass of ice tea, and you have a great dish for a warm summers evening.(a couple of my spanish friends said it doesn't taste bad on hotdogs either-I'll take their word for it.)

★★★★★ 7 votes
15 Min
No-Cook or Other

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This salsa is wonderfully spicy and flavorful. We served it on grilled chicken, but it would also be great on seafood or just with chips!

[Read more about this recipe in Janet's Notebook!]


4 c
seeded and chopped watermelon
2-3 Tbsp
fresh lime juice
1/4 c
finely chopped red onion
1-2 Tbsp
chopped fresh cilantro
jalapeno peppers seeded and finely chopped(for more heat leave some of the seeds and membranes in)
1/8 tsp
salt(or to taste)


1Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. Serve with a slotted spoon(but don't discard juice-see note).

Yield: approx. 4 cups

Note: There will be a lot of juice left over-don't discard it. Just strain it to remove any large solids; pour over ice and enjoy!

About Spicy Watermelon Salsa

Course/Dish: Fruit Sides, Salsas
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #JALAPENO, #watermelon