Photo: Jennifer Davick; Food Styling: Amy Wilson
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
35 Mins
Makes about 4 cups

Packed with subtle sweetness and heat, this watermelon salsa is a perfect accessory for grilled steak, chicken, or pork. Watermelon and jalapeños may seem like an odd combination, but both flavors complement each other spectacularly. Additional ingredients like nectarine, lime juice, and cilantro keep this mixture from tasting too much like watermelon. If you have more time, make sure the cilantro is chopped thinly and that the watermelon cubes are small enough so nothing will get stuck in anyone’s teeth or dampen the presentation.Try it with something salty, like chicken marinated in soy sauce or flank steak. 


How to Make It

Stir together first 6 ingredients in a large bowl; let stand 15 minutes. Add watermelon and next 2 ingredients, and gently toss to coat. Serve immediately, or cover and chill up to 24 hours.

Ratings & Reviews

DianeLM's Review

July 24, 2013
Made this with the Grilled Molasses Flank Steak. Didn't think I would like the watermelon and jalapenos, but it really works, the combination of ingredients taste fabulous and it really complimented the flank steak.

vipbrj's Review

June 05, 2012
This is a great salsa! It doesn't really taste "watermelony." I think the watermelon just adds a bit of substance and sweetness. I made it alongside some chicken breast that I marinated in a soy sauce mixture (I have a weakness for the salty sweet combo). The jalapenos dont add any heat... actually all the flavors just really compliment each other. I'd recommend chopping up the cilantro smaller than you'd think, or else you'll be pulling it out of your teeth for the next few hours :)