Spicy Watermelon Salsa

Piggy-backing off the last post, I found a new way to use my delicious, plentiful watermelon. So far, I made watermelon coolers, watermelon ice-pops, and now a yummy and spicy watermelon salsa!

Watermelon is the perfect ingredient for a sweeter-style salsa. The two star ingredients in this salsa, though, are really the spicy Padrón pepper and the mint. The pepper adds a nice punch and the mint gives it complexity and pairs so well with sweet watermelon. Most Padrón peppers fall on the mild and sweet side but not all. The ones I picked up at the farmers’ market this morning were definitely spicy. And a little heat is what this salsa needs.

One thing I definitely recommend doing is straining the watermelon after chopping it to remove the excess juice.

Spicy Watermelon Salsa
Serves: 2-4
  • 2 cups seedless watermelon, finely chopped
  • ¼ large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Padrón peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mint, finely chopped
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • a few pinches of sea salt (optional)
  1. After finely chopping watermelon, strain for 1 minute to remove excess juice.
  2. Combine all remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Serve with tortilla chips. Enjoy!

  • http://www.bromography.com Elle (Bromography)

    Thanks for sharing a great recipe! It is perfectly timed for Watermelon Day on August 3rd!

  • RavieNomNoms

    I have some leftover watermelon, I absolutely must try this! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.casualdish.blogspot.com Kristy

    What a great recipe, looks so refreshing! Def going to give it a try, thanks for sharing!!

  • http://www.cooksbookblog.com Marisa Musto

    I love the sweet and spicy combo! Great recipe!

    • http://spiciefoodie.blogspot.com/ Nancy aka SpicieFoodie

      I am loving all of your watermelon recipes. Beautiful ingredients, colors and they all look delicous.

  • http://brielegrandfromage.blogspot.com/ Brie

    yum, watermelon salsa sounds so refreshing and just screams summer. know i know what to make with my leftover watermelon pieces, since i still do not have carving down to a science.

  • http://kathleeniscookinginmexico.wordpress.com/ Cooking in Mexico

    This looks very refreshing. I have made many different fruit salsas, but never one with watermelon. I’ll have to try it.
    Your blog is very attractive.
    Thanks for visiting Cooking in Mexico.


  • http://appetiteforgood.com Patrick @ Appetite for Good

    wow i never thought about putting watermelon in my salsa. and I LOVE SALSA and i LOVE watermelon.

  • http://lakocinera.blogspot.com Kocinera

    I love the idea of watermelon in a salsa! It would be so fresh and yummy for the summer.

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