Summertime Watermelon Salsa Recipe

This Watermelon Salsa Recipe is fresh and delicious served with pita chips, corn chips, veggies, or on the side with fish, chicken, and steak!

Watermelon Salsa Recipe

Happy Cinco de Mayo, Friends! This post has been updated with a new video! Over the weekend we ate a lot of watermelon, in several fruit salads, and in a couple new delicious recipes! Our favorite? This Watermelon Salsa Recipe, so good with the perfect chip (or pita cracker)!

Perfect for a Cinco de Mayo celebration!

Watermelon Salsa Recipe

Last night it was just the 5 of us, all together for dinner in our backyard enjoying the summer landscape, pets brushing up against our legs in a curling fashion under the patio table.

Watermelon Salsa Recipe

Which, by the way, this type of greeting from cats, is very normal and has to do with how long it has been since the cat has seen you. It’s a sort of behavior thing that is an exchange of scents between you and your cat. Our dog, Haggis, tends to do the same, but instead he plants little kisses on our legs. I’m sure he’s anticipating a crumb or two to fall to the ground. (Below, our kitty who’s going to be very sad when Abby leaves for college in the fall.)

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Coming together to enjoy a meal with our kids, and engage in long conversations, is always special. I love it when they ask questions about Paul’s and my early lives. I savor these days quite fondly as we’re able to dine together.

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I know the day is coming when we will be scattered. I hate that word, but I do anticipate this dreaded time. On the other hand, we’ve prayed for and encouraged our kids for years to follow their passions, and soar with their dreams!

Watermelon Salsa Recipe

Watermelon Salsa Recipe

Back to juicy, sweet watermelon. Some salt their watermelon. Some eat it plain.

It’s also delicious to eat a hunk on the rind. Or even salted!

Always delicious fresh in a fruit salad.

Watermelon Salsa Recipe

And in this watermelon salsa recipe today I added some of our favorite salsa ingredients, along with mango, and we enjoyed it on our steak and also with pita chips! It’s great on chicken and fish, too!

Watermelon Salsa Recipe

So summery – fresh! ENJOY!

Watermelon Salsa Recipe

Watermelon Salsa Recipe


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lime zest (from about 1 lime)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from about 3 limes)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (or use honey)
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 3 cups seeded and finely chopped watermelon
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1-2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped (optional: use cilantro)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Tortilla or pita chips, for serving



  1. Stir together the lime zest, lime juice, sugar (or honey); lightly salt and pepper.
  2. Add the watermelon, cucumber, mango, jalapeno, onion and basil (or cilantro) and toss gently.
  3. Chill the salsa until ready to serve.
  4. Add the garlic salt just before serving. Serve with pita chips or corn chips, or serve on top of steak, chicken, pork, or fish.



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More fresh salsa dishes: Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Crisps [Spend with Pennies], Pineapple Cowboy Caviar Pineapple Dip [RE], Cherry Salsa [Well Plated].

12 comments on “Summertime Watermelon Salsa Recipe”

  1. I don’t remember much special about watermelon when I was little but when my girls were little we would make watermelon Ice, which they loved and it was a yummy treat for them

  2. Watermelon salsa + mango? Sounds amazing! I’m in love with your dishes, pictures and your ability to tell a story with each post. :)

  3. What a beautiful salsa – I would want the whole bowl to myself! We used to take weekend car rides, too. Just head out in any direction and see where it took us. We usually ended up at some park or the home of friends or family, or somewhere casual to eat. Super casual, always fun.

  4. I’ve seen some great looking fruit salsas over the years and have never tried them. I think I’ll have to give this one a try.

  5. How long would this store for?

  6. I make pineapple salsa it is so refreshing.

  7. So gorgeous, Sandy! I want to sit at that table and chat with friends and family!

  8. This looks amazing but we dont always get Mangos where I live – what do you recommend instead and also where do yuo get your gorgeous plates

  9. Could you freeze this? I know that the watermelon would turn to mush if completely defrosted but I am thinking about serving partially frozen.

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