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.)

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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!

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★★★★★ 7 votes

15 Min
No-Cook or Other


  • 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
  • 1-2
    jalapeno peppers seeded and finely chopped(for more heat leave some of the seeds and membranes in)
  • 1/8 tsp
    salt(or to taste)

How to Make Spicy Watermelon Salsa


  1. Combine 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!

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About Spicy Watermelon Salsa

Course/Dish: Fruit Sides Salsas
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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