Watermelon Lime Salsa!

Summer is the time to bring out all the fresh fruits and vegetables and create dishes that are refreshing and healthy.  Although we should do this all year, it appears that during the summer we think about it more.  Maybe because we’re getting into our bathing suits or because the weather is warmer and heavy foods just don’t sound appetizing.

At any rate, I wanted to grill some fish last night with a fresh salsa but unfortunately when I arrived at the grocery store where we are vacationing, in the mountains of Colorado, their selection was marginal.  So I opted for chicken breasts instead.

Since my husband is a maniac about watermelon, which is packed with lots of nutrition, I decided that I would make a Watermelon Salsa.  It sounded good to me so I figured I would use watermelon in place of the usual tomatoes and add other similar ingredients like the salsas I’ve made in the past.  I do that a lot, do you?

I wanted to make sure that the salsa was colorful so this is what I came up with.  It was so delicious that I almost ate the entire bowl.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to since my family ate the rest.  So much for leftovers!

Speaking of leftovers – a fresh salsa will last covered and refrigerated for only 5 days.  If you prepare a cooked salsa it will last up to 6 months in the refrigerater, covered.

Watermelon Lime Salsa
serves 4 (because you’ll gobble it all up)


1 1/2 -2 cups watermelon, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
1/2 cucumber, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch cubes
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
1 jalepeno pepper, seeded and minced (be careful not to touch your eyes or skin after removing the seeds.  It will burn severely)
2 green scallions, thinly sliced
2 limes, juice of both and zest of one lime
1 Tbsp. minced cilantro


Mix all ingredients together, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to chill and let the flavors meld together.

Serve with chicken, fish or alone as a side dish.  It’s that good.

I love salsa recipes.  So if you have one that you love, I’d welcome you to share it with everyone in my comments section below.  Then I’ll try it and post about it.

If you like watermelon like we do you might enjoy this link that shares a lot of watermelon recipes.

Also, here’s my post for the Grilled Watermelon Salad with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Reduction in case you missed it.


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  1. Vicki — you need to write a cookbook! Your ideas are inspirational! Keep em coming!

  2. Becky you are so sweet. I haven’t heard from you in so long. I hope you are doing well.

    I have actually been working on a cookbook. However, it will be a while before I even think about putting it to print. It’s still in it’s infancy. Thank you for your kind words!

  3. Hi Vicki! Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog! And thanks for visiting! I love your blog here and wonderful recipes! especially the last few watermelon ones! they are amazing! I am now following you so I can make sure I’m updated with more of your fabulous recipes!

  4. Fresh and so summerry is that a word? I love ti!

  5. Hi Chef Vicki, thanks so much for visiting my blog earlier. Am glad to know you. You’ve an terrific site here. I’m sure I’ll learn more soon. Following you!
    Hope to hear from you more often.
    Enjoying your weekend!
    Blessings, Kristy

  6. So delicious comforting, and refreshing. Love fresh fruit salsa, and now with the abundance of beautiful watermelons, this is a perfect addition to making another great recipe with watermelon…other than the well know fruit salad!

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog! Very interesting and rewarding position you hold…we have a lot in common in the chef field…only difference I slowed down a “bit”…cannot stand on my feet for 12hrs at a time (too old for that…LOL)

  7. What a delightful and refreshing idea for a salsa! I am sure it did wonderfully with the chicken, but with fish…:)

  8. I love this salsa! I’m always adding fruit to my tomato salsa anyway, so this is a logical twist. It looks perfect to pair with chicken or fish- yum! 🙂

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