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Fresh and healthy Watermelon Salsa recipe perfect for summer! Serve as a sweet and spicy appetizer dip or a condiment.
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This Watermelon Salsa recipe is a unique and easy fruit salsa recipe perfect for summer! The balance between sweet watermelon and spicy peppers and onion is a surprising and delicious balance! It makes a great appetizer or condiment. Gluten free, dairy free.

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Why You Will Love This Recipe

This Watermelon Salsa might sound strange but it is surprisingly delicious! The juicy watermelon is a perfect substitute for tomatoes in a traditional salsa.

The fresh watermelon salsa is almost like a watermelon pico de gallo. And it is a great way to use up leftover watermelon in a fruit salsa! You might also love our mango pineapple salsa!

Whether looking for a fun and unique salsa recipe for Cinco de Mayo or a way to enjoy the popular seasonal melon this summer, you will love this watermelon salsa!


Full quantities and recipe details can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Let’s talk about the different fresh ingredients you need!

Seedless Watermelon – ripe watermelon is the star of our salsa!

Red Onion – I recommend the fresh red onion but you can swap it for white onion or yellow onion if preferred

Jalapeño Pepper– for more heat, use more jalapeno peppers or something hotter like serrano peppers

Fresh Mint– adding a fresh herb makes a big different! You can also use fresh cilantro or even fresh basil!

Fresh Lime Juice


If desired, you can add additional fruits to the fresh salsa in addition to the watermelon! See the FAQs below for some ideas!

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Making the Salsa

Chop up all your ingredients to a fine dice.

The diced watermelon should be around 1/2 inch cubes to make it easy to eat and easy to get all the flavors in one bite.

Remove the jalapeno pepper seeds and ribs to reduce some heat. If you want it spicier, leave the seeds and ribs in, use more peppers, and/or use hotter peppers like serrano.

Store the fruit salad salsa in a large bowl or airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve.

How to Eat Watermelon Salsa

Just like its traditional classic salsa counterpart, you can eat this easy watermelon salsa recipe in many different ways:

  • Serve it up with tortilla chips or pita chips
  • Add it as a topper for baked or grilled fish or chicken, or pork chops
  • On tacos
  • With a spoon!


Which fruit goes well with watermelon?

Watermelon pairs well with many fruit such as strawberries, citrus, kiwi, mango, blueberries, and pineapple.
Add any additional fruits as desired to this salsa!

What does watermelon salsa taste like?

Watermelon salsa is a fresh sweet and spicy combination. Slightly sweeter than its tomato counterpart but balanced with the pepper, onion, and herbs.
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Watermelon Salsa

Fresh and healthy Watermelon Salsa recipe perfect for summer! Serve as a sweet and spicy appetizer dip or a condiment.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Condiment, Snack
Cuisine: American, International
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 5 servings (2.5 cups total)
Calories: 24kcal



  • 2 cups seedless watermelon cut into 1/4 inch dice, (approximately 12 ounces or 3/4 pound)
  • ¼ cup red onion finely diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeds and ribs removed, finely diced
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh mint finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Cut all of your ingredients and place them in a bowl.
  • Toss to combine and season to taste. Chill until ready to serve.


I like to serve this salsa with pita chips, tortilla chips, on top of tacos, or as a condiment for a grilled or baked fish, pork chop, or chicken.
Make it spicier by using more or hotter peppers.
Fresh cilantro or fresh basil are great swaps for the mint.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.2mg
By on June 18th, 2024

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