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Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa

by Barbara Kiebel on July 15, 2013

I’ve got a confession to make though I’m not sure my readers are the ones I should be asking forgiveness from. I made this batch of Watermelon Salsa and I almost ate the whole dang thing. I am not lying. This green pepper hater actually made a batch of something with jalapenos combined with red, yellow and orange bell peppers and I went nuts. If you told my family that they would not believe you and I’m sort of in disbelief myself! I loved the look of this when I saw it on The Pioneer Woman’s site; I just cringed a bit at that green bell pepper; ditching it and adding an orange one and a bit of honey were PERFECT…beyond even!!

Watermelon Salsa

Though a card carrying member of ‘The Green Pepper Haterz’  Club; I only discovered a few years ago that the dreaded green bell pepper was not exactly like it’s ripened versions but I still tread with caution; you can not wipe out years of avoidance in just one dish or two, right?

Still, this one took some motivation and that motivation was in the form of one word. Pretty. Yep…I saw it and thought it was so pretty and those colors all seemed the right thing to do. That it tasted amazing? BONUS!!

Watermelon Salsa

You know…I think I’ll just eat one more chip. Well, OK, maybe just one more. Or two. Maybe I won’t eat it with chips, I’ll just use a spoon…with some chips on the side. I needed an intervention…glad you weren’t there. :)

This is not something that should ever grace your plate in fall, winter or spring. Don’t let those displays of watermelon fool you…they are so NOT ready if they’re  available in May and June. July?Absolutely. Find a good one. A sweet, ripe, seedless good one and you will see why I wanted to seal this with a lock and key and squirrel it away back in the far recesses of the fridge. Oh wait. Maybe I did. Oops!

Watermelon Salsa

I could/should have taken some photos of the steps but I have two hands and no assistants so trying to show you how to peel a melon would have been hard. It’s not unlike an orange. Cut off the top and bottom and then starting from the top, just use a sharp knife to cut the rind as you curve towards the bottom. Yes there’s a curve involved but I know you can do it! Don’t do like I did…make sure you cut off enough so that you don’t have to trim off ANY of the outer layer after the first go round; you want pink, juicy, amazingly delicious watermelon through and through. (Want to see how? Ree has photos).

I seriously suggest you double the recipe though; one half for you and the rest for everyone else. I am so, so, SO not kidding.

Watermelon Salsa

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 8

Watermelon Salsa

Serve with tortilla chips or do as I did. Serve with a spoon. I could not stop!

Seriously, if feeding a crowd I would consider using the whole watermelon and doubling everything know so others can have some too.


  • 1/2 whole Small Seedless Watermelon, Diced
  • 2 Jalapeños, Seeded and Diced
  • 1/2 Red Onion, Diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 1 Orange Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro, Chopped
  • Juice Of 1 To 2 Limes
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt; more if necessary to taste


  1. Mix everything together in one large bowl; season with salt as needed.
  2. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  3. I honestly think it was even better after being in the fridge overnight. What there was left of it.

Adapted from Pioneer Woman’s Watermelon Pico de Gallo

By the way did you notice I failed to publish a cocktail this past Friday? First time in almost 2 years! But I had good reason – I was asked to be one of the judges of the 2013 National Beef Cook-Off. Though judged in Denver, I stayed at the hotel with the other judges and while we were eating 21 different beef dishes over 2 days, I was not getting a cocktail post done. I’ve got a doozy too…next Friday for sure!

I’ll be posting more on the cook-off as soon as the category winners are notified. I had a great time, made some fabulous new friends and oh yeah…ate a LOT of great beef!

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Betsy @ Desserts Required August 14, 2014 at 5:13 am

I’m not sure that two batches is enough. From your description and addiction, I am thinking three is a better option!


2 Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl August 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm

I am running out of watermelon ideas with all our garden watermelons this summer, and then I found this.. and it made me very happy! Will be trying – thank you!
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3 Creative Culinary August 5, 2013 at 7:49 pm

I hope you love it like I did…I’m not kidding when I say I hid it from others…well, what little was left when I went to store it. You’ll just need a spoon; you’ll see! :)


4 Hannah July 23, 2013 at 7:37 pm

This is one stunning salsa, Barb! Chips and salsa are a summer staple (well, really a year-round one) in our house. Thanks for sharing!
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5 Creative Culinary July 24, 2013 at 8:13 am

We love them here year round too Hannah; this one is so seasonal that I’m sure I’ll be done with it as soon as the weather turns and then anxious for more by this time next summer!


6 Lail | With A Spin July 22, 2013 at 4:01 am

I am not a big fan of watermelon but your colorful and flavorful salsa is asking me to give it a try. I’m surely going to try this. Looks and sounds delicious.
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7 Kiran @ July 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I’d totally double the recipe and have the half all to myself, based on your suggestion ;)
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8 Creative Culinary July 21, 2013 at 5:12 pm

You’ll see why I say that; heck I might double it and still stash it for me. (Wicked laughter ensues!).


9 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef July 20, 2013 at 9:50 am

Oh my! I bought watermelon today and I’m making this tomorrow. It’s nearly 2am so it’s not going to be now. :)

It looks fantastic!
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10 Creative Culinary July 21, 2013 at 5:13 pm

If I had seen that at that time I would have urged you to make it stat; it’s even better after it’s chilled and melded a bit!


11 Nusrat Azim July 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm

With so little simple ingredients you created so much flavor and beauty! Great job ! I’m inspired to try it right away :)
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12 Creative Culinary July 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm

I simply loved it…so fresh and cool and with just a touch of heat…hope you make it and love it just as much as I did!


13 Ansh | Spiceroots July 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Oh what a fun contest to judge. I am sure you had a lot of “work” to do while judging :))

Can’t wait to hear all about it. I would have never thought of making a salsa with watermelon but now that this recipe is here, I think it will go well with some hot off the grill tandoori chicken!
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14 NaturesComplete July 18, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I never thought about using watermelon in a salsa recipe, But why not right? I mean, you can get mango salsa. I think I will have to give this recipe a try.
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15 Creative Culinary July 18, 2013 at 7:34 pm

It is so good; you must try it! A nice sweet balance to the heat of the jalapeno; fits one of my perfect profiles for food which I call Sweet Heat. :)


16 Cookin Canuck July 17, 2013 at 5:20 pm

While I can’t count myself in the “green pepper haters” club, I will definitely admit that they are not my favorites of the peppers. The colors of the red, yellow and orange peppers in this salsa are so pretty and I can see why you devoured the whole thing.
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17 Creative Culinary July 17, 2013 at 7:34 pm

I think I hate them mostly Dara because they kept me away from other peppers for so long…including other green ones which I love today; poblano, anaheim, jalapeno. This was truly a gorgeous dish and I’m making it again soon since the best watermelon in Colorado are coming to the market now.


18 Robin Gagnon {Mom Foodie} July 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm

I’ve only tried mixing it up with watermelon a few times. I love it so much as is. This looks great though.
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19 Creative Culinary July 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm

This is so different Robin you should try it; sort of sweet, sort of peppery and obviously I thought sort of good! :)


20 kelly July 16, 2013 at 11:15 am

Looks so good. LOVE watermelon in a good salsa — yes, with green peppers. Any kind of peppers.
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21 Creative Culinary July 16, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I’ll give you mine, how’s that? It was a huge leap of faith that I ever tried jalapeno and poblano but sure glad I did!


22 Paula July 16, 2013 at 7:15 am

This is a perfectly wonderful summer salsa!

P.S. I’m an ardent member of this Green Pepper club too :)
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23 Creative Culinary July 16, 2013 at 9:45 am

They are defining veggies for sure; it’s either love or hate, seldom anything in between. And is it hereditary? None of my siblings or either of my kids like them either!


24 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes July 15, 2013 at 7:44 pm

I cringed at green bell peppers too. May have to give the other colors a second though cuz this salsa looks amazing.


25 Creative Culinary July 16, 2013 at 9:42 am

I had a girls event at my home a couple of years ago and out of nothing but trying to be polite I took a serving of a potato dish that had red and yellow peppers. I was completely shocked that I actually liked it. Now you won’t see me eating a whole one raw or anything so making this salsa was a bit questionable but I seriously loved it. If it had included green peppers, well, it never would have seen the light of day! :)


26 Kiran @ July 15, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Can’t wait to read about you judging the cook-off!

And love watermelon salsa!! So refreshing this time of the year :)
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27 Creative Culinary July 16, 2013 at 9:43 am

We had so much fun…and those cooking contest are more difficult than I would have imagined; I have renewed respect for people who enter them and come up with a great dish!


28 Miss Messy July 15, 2013 at 3:37 pm

This sounds freaking awesome! :D I really really want to try this!
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29 sippitysup July 15, 2013 at 10:53 am

Mmmm. I bet you get give that a whirl in the blender and have a helluva gazpacho too. Sweet heat. My favorite combination. GREG


30 Creative Culinary July 15, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Oh yeah…and me too Greg. I have to be careful or I would put some heat into almost anything. I’ll try to keep it out of the strawberry pie I’m making today though; probably best huh?


31 Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 15, 2013 at 10:39 am

I think I’d eat the whole batch in one sitting too!


32 Creative Culinary July 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Whew…I’m feeling a bit less guilty now, thanks for that. :)


33 Jamie July 15, 2013 at 9:57 am

Wow!! The National Beef Cookoff??? How fabulous and fun! Go, girl!

I don’t read Ree’s blog but eating this on chips? I think this would be great on grilled fish, no?


34 Creative Culinary July 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Yes…it was an honor to be asked to be a judge but more importantly? We had a blast!


35 Ash- foodfashionparty July 15, 2013 at 9:41 am

What a nice refreshing and tasty salsa…I am trying this.


36 Creative Culinary July 15, 2013 at 12:09 pm

You must…it is SO good! Find a good hiding place first.


37 Tieghan July 15, 2013 at 9:24 am

Watermelon salsa is the best!!! I love fruit salsa so much. This is gorgeous!
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38 Creative Culinary July 15, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Thanks so much; we are in love. :)


39 john@kitchenriffs July 15, 2013 at 8:56 am

I’ve made watermelon salsa before, and it’s most excellent stuff. I’m OK with green peppers so I always use them, but you’re right that the orange, and particularly the red, have different flavor. At this time of the year we have watermelon every day for breakfast, and we go through at least two seedless melons a week. I always cut them up into chunks, then put them in a airtight container in the refrigerator so we can just spoon up whatever we want. So I’m good at peeling watermelons! I usually don’t stress much, though, if I leave a little of the red on the rind – that part tends to be not as sweet as the center (the heart), so I know I’m getting all (well, most) of the good stuff. Fun recipe – thanks.
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40 Creative Culinary July 15, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Seems people are OK with them or fall into my camp…just detest them. There is a club on Facebook; we share our bad experiences! :)


41 Karen Harris July 15, 2013 at 6:34 am

What a great sounding recipe. I can only imagine how delicious this is with that sweet melon and those tasty bell peppers (unlike you I love them all). I can’t wait to hear about Nat’l Beef. This one has always eluded me. What a fun contest to judge.
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42 Creative Culinary July 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm

We had so much fun and tried a lot of tasty dishes and boy did I learn a LOT about contesting. It’s not easy so hats off to you my friend for being SO successful!


43 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen July 15, 2013 at 6:23 am

Gorgeous and tasty looking Watermelon Salsa, Barb! Pinning!
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44 Creative Culinary July 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Thanks my friend…I just loved it a whole lot. I mean a lotta lot! :)


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