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Watermelon Salsa

The quick and easy Watermelon Salsa recipe is perfect for summer snacking! Just 8 ingredients to make this delicious homemade salsa perfect for dipping and topping tacos. 

Literal summer in a bowl. This easy vegan Watermelon Salsa recipe is a delicious twist on this Mexican condiment. We made a mango salsa and have forever fallen in love with fruit salsas, so we had to try it with another of our favourite summer fruits.

Just 8 simple ingredients come together to create a delicious, acidic condiment perfect for dipping and topping. Or if you’re like us, sometimes you just eat it by the spoonful.

Looking for more watermelon recipes? Try our Watermelon Juice with Mint and Chocolate Covered Watermelon recipes.

What is salsa?

Salsa is a sauce used as a condiment for tacos and other Mexican foods. Salsa can be served cooked or raw but is generally always served at room temperature.
We’ve been learning a lot more about salsa over the last few months and food shows like Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat showed us that we truly know only a fraction about this popular condiment. That what you buy in the grocery store is just the beginning and often not truly authentic. In fact salsa can be made from tomatoes but doesn’t have to include them at all! Salsa is a main form of acidity for Mexican cuisine.

Top tips for making Watermelon Salsa:

  • Prep ingredients ahead of time. Before combining ingredients, have each one prepped ahead of time. Taking the time to prep all your ingredients ahead of time keeps your workspace clean and quickens the prep time.
  • Hand cut ingredients. Watermelon is too soft to use the food processor to chop, so doing it by hand is the best way. We also like to prep all the add-ins by hand so that we get uniform sizes.
  • Adjust to taste. This recipe is easy to adjust based on your own taste. Adjust the add-ins amounts based on how you like your salsa to taste.
  • Best enjoyed the day of. While it can be stored in the fridge and enjoyed the next day, this Watermelon Salsa is best enjoyed the day of. Watermelon loses a lot of its moisture when it sits overnight.

Watermelon Salsa FAQ:

How do you choose the best watermelon?

We look for a couple key features when choosing a watermelon. Firstly the weight – watermelon should be fairly heavy in weight for its size. The heavier it is the more juice it has. Secondly, we look for a large yellow spot. Watermelons develop a field spot on the bottom when growing. When it’s a creamy yellow you know its ripe!

Does this store well?

We generally say its best enjoyed the day you make it, but if you have leftovers store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days max.

How to make Watermelon Salsa:

Watermelon Salsa

The quick and easy Watermelon Salsa recipe is perfect for summer snacking! Just 8 ingredients to make this delicious salsa perfect for dipping and topping tacos. 
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Course: Appetizer, Condiments, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican-Inspired
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 700 g (¼) watermelon, diced into 1/4" cubes
  • 100 g (½) red onion, finely diced
  • 60 g (2) jalapeno, finely diced and seeded
  • 20 g fresh cilantro, minced
  • 10 g fresh mint, minced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • salt, to taste
  • chili lime seasoning, to taste (optional)


  • To a bowl add watermelon, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and mint. Toss to combine. Drizzle with lime juice, salt and chili lime seasoning (if using), toss and serve!


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