Cucumber Watermelon Salsa

Switch up your salsa game with this tasty melon version. Equal parts bright and fresh, this easy watermelon salsa recipe pairs perfectly with tacos, burritos, and tortilla chips. You can also serve it as a healthy vegan side dish.

Kirsten Nunez, MS

By Kirsten Nunez, MS

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Watermelon Salsa with tortilla chips on a black plate.
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When it comes to vegan condiments, you can’t go wrong with classic tomato salsa. Still, we can’t help but drool over delicious variations made with unconventional ingredients.

Take this watermelon salsa recipe, for example. Featuring a mix of juicy watermelon, crispy cucumber, and raw red onion, this healthy salsa embodies the best of the summer season.

It’s also marinated in lime juice, giving it a irresistible tangy taste. Add in salt, cilantro, and jalapeño pepper (to taste, of course) and you’ve got a mouthwatering vegan summer dip.

Enjoy this homemade watermelon salsa with tortilla chips, pita bread, or tacos, like our Crispy Cauliflower Tacos. You can also enjoy it as a side with our Beyond Mexican Street Corn Burgers.

Key Ingredients

ingredients for making Watermelon Salsa.
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  • Watermelon. Make sure to remove the seeds before preparing this dish.
  • Cucumber. Watermelon and cucumber is a classic pairing, and this salsa is no exception.
  • Cilantro. Fresh cilantro brings in a bright, citrus-like flavor. Not a fan of the herb? Feel free to skip it.
  • Lime juice. For best results, use freshly squeezed lime juice.
  • Salt. Salt will help bring out the watermelon’s natural sweetness.

How to Make Watermelon Salsa

Once you’ve cut and prepared your produce, this salsa will come together in about 5 minutes. For the full ingredients list, check out the recipe card at the bottom of this post:

1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Taste and add more salt, black pepper, or lime juice as needed.

Watermelon Salsa ingredients in a stainless steel bowl with a wooden spoon.
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2. To serve, use a slotted spoon. Enjoy with tortilla chips, tacos, or burritos.

Close-up of Watermelon Salsa in a glass bowl with tortilla chips.
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Recipe Tips, Variations, and Substitutions

  • Add mango. For even more flavor and color, mix in finely diced mango.
  • Skip the jalapeño. Not a fan of spicy flavor? Omit the jalapeño.
  • Add sugar. If your watermelon isn’t very sweet, sprinkle in a bit of white sugar to brighten up the salsa.
  • Toss in red bell peppers. Deseeded and diced bell peppers will lend a delicious crunch.
  • Use a slotted spoon. Both watermelon and cucumber are rich in water. To avoid soggy food, be sure to use a slotted spoon when serving this salsa.
  • Save the juices. Use the leftover juices to make salad dressing by whisking it olive oil. You can also try using it to make a watermelon or cucumber gazpacho.
Watermelon Salsa.
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How to Store Leftovers

Store leftover salsa in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Eat it within 3 days.

Serving Suggestions

Watermelon Salsa

Cucumber Watermelon Salsa

Switch up your salsa game with this tasty melon version. Equal parts bright and fresh, this easy cucumber watermelon salsa recipe pairs perfectly with tacos, burritos, and tortilla chips. You can also serve it as a healthy vegan side dish.
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Course: Condiments & Sauces
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Vegan
Keyword: fruit salsa, salsa, watermelon salsa
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Kirsten Nunez, MS

Ingredients

  • 4 cups watermelon deseeded and finely diced
  • ½ cup red onion diced
  • 1 cucumber peeled, deseeded, and diced
  • 1 jalapeño deseeded and diced
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice about 2 limes
  • ¼ cup fresh mint roughly chopped
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro roughly chopped
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Tortilla chips for serving

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Taste and add more salt, black pepper, or lime juice as needed.
  • To serve, use a slotted spoon. Enjoy with tortilla chips, tacos, or burritos.

Notes

  • For even more flavor and color, mix in finely diced mango.
  • If your watermelon isn’t very sweet, sprinkle in a bit of white sugar to brighten up the salsa.
  • Both watermelon and cucumber are rich in water. To avoid soggy food, be sure to use a slotted spoon when serving this salsa.
  • Use the leftover juices to make salad dressing by whisking it olive oil. You can also try using it to make a watermelon or cucumber gazpacho.
  • Store leftover salsa in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Eat it within 3 days.
     

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Kirsten Nunez

About the Author

Kirsten Nunez is a journalist who focuses on healthy food and cooking. Her vegan and plant-based recipes have appeared on VegNews, eHow, Shape, and more. When she’s not creating vegan recipes for Clean Green Simple, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen and sharing plant-based meals with friends and family. More articles by Kirsten.

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