This watermelon salsa recipe is so fun when served from a watermelon bowl! It is delicious with chips or on top of grilled chicken, salmon, or tacos.
Does any other fruit say summer like watermelon does? Every summer party, picnic and backyard cookout from as far back as I can remember included watermelon.
We love it sliced into triangles, cut up in a fruit salad, and blended into raspberry watermelon lemonade. This watermelon salsa recipe is another delicious way to enjoy summer watermelon.
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How To Choose A Watermelon
I wrote a whole blog post about how to pick a watermelon but here are a few quick notes:
1. For this recipe pick a small/personal size watermelon because it is the perfect size for a bowl.
2. Choose a watermelon that will lay flat on a table. Test it out at the store by setting it on a flat surface or even the floor.
3. Pick a watermelon that is symmetrical (if cut in half the two sides would be the same) and is free of gashes, bruises or soft spots.
4. Look for a creamy, buttery yellow spot where the watermelon laid on the ground. A greenish-white spot means that is wasn’t left to ripen long enough.
5. Compare the weight of the watermelon with others similar in size and choose the heavier one for the juiciest watermelon.
How To Make Watermelon Salsa
Step One: Cut and Slice
Lay the watermelon on its side and cut the top 1/4 to 1/3 off using a sharp knife or watermelon slicer.
Cut slices into the flesh of the watermelon in a crosshatch pattern without going through the rind.
Make a cut all of the way around the watermelon between the flesh and the rind.
Scoop out the watermelon slices, set them on a cutting board and dice into small pieces.
Hollow out the rest of the watermelon and dump out the juice so that it can be used as a bowl.
Here are more ways to cut a watermelon!
Step Two: Dice and Chop
Dice enough watermelon to measure one cup for the watermelon salsa and save the remaining watermelon for another use.
Dice one cup of cucumber.
I chose an English seedless cucumber and didn’t peel it to keep the bright green color.
Dice one cup of bell peppers. Use any combination of colors.
Dice one cup of onions.
Chop 1/3 cup of cilantro.
Step Three: Season and Mix
Put the diced watermelon in a bowl and add the cucumbers, bell peppers, onions, cilantro, jalapenos (optional), lime juice, salt, and black pepper.
Mix everything together and taste the watermelon salsa. Add additional lime juice, salt, and black pepper, if needed.
Step Four: Serve and Enjoy
Scoop the watermelon salsa into the hollowed out watermelon bowl.
Serve the watermelon salsa directly from the watermelon bowl.
Watermelon Salsa Recipe FAQs
1. How do I cut the watermelon and keep the rind for a bowl? I’ve done my best to describe it in words and with the step-by-step photos but you can also watch the watermelon salsa video to see the recipe in action!
2. What else can I add to this salsa recipe? Try adding more fruit and veggies such as corn, tomatoes, zucchini, strawberries, mango, or pineapple. You could also add garlic, black beans, or avocados.
3. What should I serve with watermelon salsa? To use this salsa as a dip for an appetizer or snack, serve it with tortilla chips. To enjoy it as part of a meal, serve it over cooked chicken or fish, or on top of tacos!
4. Can I use bottled lime juice? Yes, you can use freshly squeezed lime juice or bottled.
5. Would it be okay to use lemon juice instead of lime juice? Yes. I LOVE lime juice so that is what I use but lemon juice would work as well.
I was wondering if I would like this watermelon salsa as much as I like my pineapple salsa and I did! I’ve also tried adding diced tomatoes to this recipe and loved it that way too.
Looking For More Recipes?
We hear you! We love salsa too! Try one of these recipes next:
Pineapple Salsa from The Gunny Sack: This pineapple salsa recipe has a delicious combination of sweet and spicy. It can be served with grilled chicken or fish or as an appetizer with chips.
Corn Salsa from Culinary Hill: A sweet salsa with medium heat, copycat Chipotle Corn Salsa recipe has two chilis (one of them roasted!) and plenty of corn for maximum flavor.
Apple Mango Salsa from The Gunny Sack: We love the fresh taste of Apple Mango Salsa! Try this easy recipe with chicken, with tacos or with chips.
Pomegranate Fruit Salsa from The Gunny Sack: This Pomegranate Fruit Salsa recipe is fun to serve from pomegranate bowl at holiday parties! The diced fruit is perfect with crispy baked cinnamon chips.
Watermelon Salsa Recipe
- 1 personal sized or mini watermelon (to be used as the bowl)
- 1 cup diced watermelon
- 1 cup diced cucumbers
- 1 cup diced bell peppers (any combination of green, orange, yellow or red peppers)
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp diced jalapenos (optional - add more for additional heat)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- Lay the watermelon on its side and cut the top 1/4 to 1/3 off.
- Cut slices into the flesh of the watermelon in a crosshatch pattern without going through the rind.
- Make a cut all of the way around the watermelon between the flesh and the rind.
- Scoop out the watermelon slices and set them aside on a cutting board.
- Hollow out the rest of the watermelon and dump out the juice so that it can be used as a bowl.
- Dice enough watermelon to measure one cup. Save the remaining watermelon for another use.
- Put the diced watermelon in a bowl and add the cucumbers, peppers, onions, cilantro, jalapenos, lime juice, salt, and black pepper.
- Mix everything together and taste the salsa. Add additional lime juice, salt, and black pepper, if needed.
- Scoop the watermelon salsa into the hollowed out watermelon bowl. Serve the watermelon salsa directly from the watermelon bowl.