Watermelon Salsa - Refreshing, Sweet & Spicy
When I was growing up, cooked vegetables were a bit dull. Generally boiled, they had little flavor. No wonder kids didn’t want to eat them! Those days are behind us, and I never serve a vegetable plain anymore. There is always some citrus zest, spice blend, or herbs of some kind.
I’m a type 2 diabetic, so I watch the fruit I eat very carefully. I mix my fruit with a grain, or cheese, in the mornings. Creating fruit combinations has been helpful and made me start considering savory with sweet.
Fruit salsa is fun to eat, uses whatever is in season, and keeps things interesting. A bit of fruit with savory, or spicy, vegetables and you have a spoon full of delicious! I always make my own, so I can avoid additives and excess sugar/oils that you find in store bought brands.
You will never have a dull dinner table with a fruit salsa, because it can be served as a topping for salad, as a sauce for meats and fish, or a condiment on sandwiches.
I’ve made many fruit salsas, and you can find those recipes here on this website, but this one is my favorite.
1 chopped Watermelon
2 chopped Yellow Bell Pepper
3 chopped Jalapeno Pepper or 1 ½ tablespoons of jarred, pickled Jalapenos
1 diced Red Onion
3 tablespoons chopped Parsley, or Cilantro
Zest and Juice of 3 Limes
1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt and Cracked Black Pepper, to taste.
Chopped approximately the same size, add each of your ingredients to a large bowl. No one ingredient should be that much larger than any other. Think of how it will all fit on a chip, and you’ll get the idea.
Stir in the Lime Zest, the Lime Juice and the Apple Cider Vinegar.
If you are a fan of Cilantro, and many people are, you can add it now and stir to combine. For those of us that cannot bear the taste of this herb, use Parsley or Basil. They work beautifully!
Chill for several hours and stir before serving. The longer it sits, the more intense the flavors become. You can serve it at room temperature, although chilled is refreshing on a hot day.
If you need this in a hurry, and cannot wait long before serving, the flavors will still work but do try to let it marinate for at least a half hour.
This recipe makes a large amount because I use the entire watermelon. It is excellent for big parties, and only gets better, and stronger in flavor, the longer it sits in the refrigerator.
You could easily make this for small group or just for one. Any size batch will end up going fast!
This salsa will last at least a week in your fridge. I’ve never had it last longer because it gets eaten quickly.
It’s great to set out as an appetizer with some chips or raw veggies.
Serve the salsa with grilled chicken, roasted pork or even fried fish. It’s refreshing and cool!
It works well with barbecued veggies, any kind of burger and is particularly tasty on tacos.
I confess…I’ve eaten this, all by itself, in a bowl. It’s such a good snack! No oil and big flavor? Yup, gets me every time.