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Watermelon Salsa

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Watermelon Salsa -- quick and easy to make, and so refreshing! |

It’s no secret that chips and salsa are my ultimate foodie love language.

I regularly drag my friends to Mexican happy hours as often as possible, have my recipe for restaurant-style salsa memorized after making it so often, have themed my birthday parties all around chips and salsa for as long as I can remember, and never ever (everrrrr) get tired of it. But that said, as much as I love a good tomato-based salsa, summertime also equals fruit salsa time in my kitchen. Because when all of my favorite sweet, juicy, and oh-so-refreshing fruits are in season, they absolutely must be celebrated in salsa-style. :)

I’ve already shared recipes before on the site for my favorite mango salsa, strawberry salsa, blueberry salsapineapple avocado salsa, and pear pomegranate salsa. But last weekend big enormous green melons were on sale at my neighborhood farmers’ market, so the result was inevitable — watermelon salsa!

On a 95-degree July day, nothing sounded better. So I picked some mint and cilantro from our garden, came back inside to the blissful a/c, kicked on some summer tunes, and got to work chopping up a juicy storm. The result?

Basically the most refreshing, delicious, summer salsa ever.

Watermelon Salsa -- quick and easy to make, and so refreshing! |

I mean, really, it’s pretty impossible to go wrong with anything involving mint and watermelon in my book. But once you add in some sweet red onion, spicy jalapeno (as much as you’d like), fresh cilantro, and a juicy lime….
Watermelon Salsa -- quick and easy to make, and so refreshing! |

…and toss them all together…
Watermelon Salsa -- quick and easy to make, and so refreshing! |

…let’s just say that the result tastes even more lovely than it looks. (Which is pretty darn lovely, if you ask this lover of colorful food.)

Watermelon Salsa -- quick and easy to make, and so refreshing! |

It’s just the right mix of sweet and savory, it has however much kick you’d like from the jalapeno, the herbs and lime juice give it the perfectly light and fresh taste of summer, and — best part! — the fresh watermelon makes every bite extra deliciously juicy and refreshing.

I brought this salsa to gatherings with friends two nights in a row (it keeps well overnight!), and everyone raved about it. Definitely a new staple to add to my summer fruit salsa rotation, for sure.


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Watermelon Salsa

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 -8 servings 1x


This fresh watermelon salsa recipe is quick and easy to make, and tastes so refreshing!


  • 4 cups diced seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup diced red onion (about half a medium red onion)
  • 2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 12 jalapeno(s), seeded and finely diced (add more/less to taste)
  • zest and juice of 1 lime


  1. Toss all ingredients together until combined.  Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Watermelon Salsa -- quick and easy to make, and so refreshing! |

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26 comments on “Watermelon Salsa”

  1. “It’s no secret that chips and salsa are my ultimate foodie love language.” <– ha! YES! It's not uncommon for my boyfriend and I to sit over a bag of chips and a jar of salsa for dinner! I posted one of my favorite hot salsas yesterday – I can't get enough!
    I love the sweet/spicy balance you have here – I can't wait to give this a try!

    • Alexa, we’re glad you can relate! haha And thank you, we hope you enjoy this one!

  2. Watermelon season is almost here and I keep stalking my favorite melon farmer every week waiting!! This is gorgeous Ali!

    • Thanks Liz, we’re pretty obsessed with it at the moment as well! We hope you like this! :)

  3. W-O-W! I am also an absolute salsa FANATIC, and this recipe looks absolutely over the top. Mint + watermelon are a match made in heaven!!! I can’t wait to try this :)

  4. Picked herbs from your garden???Tell me more!!

  5. A celebration of tastes! Delicious!

  6. I’ve been on a watermelon kick here lately, so this one is right up my alley!

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  7. Honestly… I would probably just eat this as a salad!! I love watermelon but I’ve never had it jazzed up quite this way. This looks great, Ali! :)

  8. This looks amazing, Ali! I’m a big fan of strawberry salsa, so this is next on my list. Your photos are spectacular,  as always!

  9. There is seriously nothing better than a huge bowl of watermelon chunks…. except maybe this watermelon salsa!! Pinned!

  10. I’m completely on board with your chips and salsa cravings. We hit Friday happy hours weekly to satisfy mine! I’m loving these fruity salsas, they’re perfect with seafood!

  11. Looks great… missed seasoning by any chance… or its supposed to taste better without seasoning ? Thanks.

    • Hi Ranu! We feel this has plenty of flavor with all of the other ingredients, but definitely feel free to add some salt, pepper, and/or cayenne for a little kick if you’d like! :)

  12. Added cantaloupe to the recipe along with zest of two limes DELISH

  13. This was a hit at our office potluck! The mix of ingredients is perfect, and the mint is refreshing. It’s kind of a secret ingredient. People don’t identify the mint at first, but like the flavor it adds. Thanks!!!

  14. Yummmmmmmy!

  15. I made this using a Vidalia onion instead of a red one & substituted basil for cilantro & it was delicious!! I served it as a topping for Mahi mahi fillets—perfect!!

  16. I made this recipe from some leftover watermelon and my family loved it. I used lemon juice as well as lime juice.

  17. Do you eat it on chips?

  18. I made this for a family fish fry and it was a HIT. I fried tortilla ( into chips) then tossed In cinnamon sugar. It was such a surprise of flavors bursting in your mouth. So fresh I had to made another batch the next day. Thanks

  19. Love this recipe. Did not make it last year for camping and my daughter let me know about it lol this year I will not forget