A delightful fruit salsa made with diced watermelon, red onion, fresh cilantro, tangy lemon juice, and fiery green jalapenos. It is sweet and spicy and a perfect appetizer for pleasing a crowd.
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Why You'll Love This Fresh Watermelon Salsa Recipe
Simple To Make- This watermelon salsa recipe has easy-to-follow instructions and only takes about 5 minutes to throw together. Once everything has been mixed together, simply let it sit for a bit so the flavors can marinate.
Layers of Flavor- The combination of sweet watermelon, tart lemon juice, and spicy jalapeño pepper makes for a delicious and flavor-packed sweet salsa.
Fresh- Homemade watermelon salsa is made with healthy, fresh ingredients and is sweetened naturally with juicy red watermelon.
What Is Watermelon Salsa?
Watermelon salsa is a fresh, fruity twist on the classic salsa. It's made with chopped watermelon, red onion, cilantro, jalapenos, and a hint of lemon juice. The watermelon adds natural sweetness to the salsa. At the same time, the other ingredients balance out the flavor by adding a bit of tang and spice. This salsa tastes great, served on its own or with tortilla chips. It's the perfect appetizer for any summer gathering or party.
- Cutting Board
- Sharp Knife
- Large Bowl
- Stirring Spoon
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Jalapenos- Warm, spicy jalapenos add a layer of heat and balance the sweetness of the watermelon.
- Watermelon- Ripe watermelon adds natural sweetness to the salsa.
- Lemon or Lime Zest- Adds a nice tartness and bright flavor.
- Lemon or Lime Juice- Sour and acidic lemon or freshly squeezed lime juice helps to bring out the flavor of the other ingredients.
- Salt and Pepper- To taste.
- Red Onion- Provides a crunch and sharp pungent flavor.
- Fresh Cilantro- Adds a pop of brightness and freshness to the watermelon salsa.
How To Make Watermelon Salsa
To make watermelon salsa, start by cutting up all the ingredients. Add the diced watermelon to a large bowl along with the finely diced onion, chopped fresh cilantro, and jalapeño pepper. Add the juice and zest of one lime or lemon, salt, and pepper. Toss gently until everything is well mixed and evenly covered. You may need to add more salt once you get everything combined. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve with tortilla chips for a super delicious appetizer or alongside other Mexican-inspired dishes like grilled chicken or fish tacos.
Note- Remove the seeds from the jalapenos or add them to the pico de gallo depending on your heat preferences.
POPULAR SUBSTITUTIONS & ADDITIONS
Heat- To make your fresh salsa spicier, add jalapeno pepper seeds to the watermelon salsa. Habanero peppers are also a good substitute for jalapenos. You can also try using red pepper flakes and chili powder for extra heat.
Citrus Juice- You can use either lemon or lime juice in this watermelon pico de Gallo recipe. While fresh juice is more flavorful, bottled lime juice (or lemon) is also okay.
Cilantro- If you do not like cilantro, feel free to replace it with fresh basil, parsley, or mint.
Other- Add classic salsa ingredients such as yellow or white onions, bell pepper, and avocado. Mango and other fruits would also make great additions.
Can I Freeze Homemade Watermelon Salsa?
Yes! You can freeze this watermelon salsa recipe for up to 2 months. Simply store it in an airtight freezer-safe container or a resealable freezer bag, then thaw it in the fridge when ready to enjoy.
Watermelon Fruit Salsa FAQs
What type of watermelon works best for this salsa recipe?
For the best flavor, look for a seedless ripe, juicy watermelon. If you can't find a seedless watermelon, you can also use a watermelon with seeds. Just remove the seeds before adding the watermelon to the salsa.
Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
Yes! This salsa is best if made ahead of time so the flavors can meld together. Store the salsa in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Leftover watermelon salsa will last for up to 3 days when stored properly.
Do I have to use fresh watermelon?
Yes, for the best flavored and textured salsa, it's essential to use fresh watermelon instead of frozen watermelon in this salsa recipe.
Should I remove the seeds from the jalapeno pepper?
It's up to you! The level of spiciness in this salsa will depend on how many seeds you leave in the jalapeno peppers. For more mild salsa, I recommend removing the seeds. For a spicier salsa, leave the seeds in or add an extra jalapeno to the recipe.
Simple Watermelon Salsa
- 1-2 jalapeno peppers
- 2 cups watermelon diced
- 2 tsp lemon zest (or lime)
- 1 ½ tbsp lemon juice (or lime)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ cup red onion chopped
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
- Remove the seeds from the jalapeno peppers, or leave if you like things spicy. Chop the jalapenos.
- In a bowl, combine jalapenos, watermelon, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, pepper, onion, and cilantro.
- Toss or stir the ingredients gently.
- Refrigerate the salsa 30 minutes before serving.