Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa

This Watermelon Salsa recipe is refreshing, delicious, and only 5 Ingredients!  My addictive twist on easy Fruit Salsa is perfect on chips, on tacos, or with fish.  

Pinterest pin for Healthy 5 ingredient recipe for Watermelon Salsa

With summer in full swing, I’ve been the watermelon train.  I figure there are only a few months out of the year where watermelon actually tastes fresh and I can eat it until my heart bursts, so why not! I’ve been getting big ones and chopping them up in chunks and snacking on the sweet goodness all week.

In my opinion, there is nothing that says summer more than enjoying some of the rich red fruit. 

The only thing that can possibly make watermelon better (other than my Watermelon Feta & Blueberry Salad, of course) is a super simple and healthy Watermelon Salsa recipe.

Once you try this FIVE INGREDIENT healthy recipe it’s sure to be on repeat all summer long for you too.  Plus you’ll this dish is low calorie, gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free, and vegan!

Watermelon salsa is a glass bowl with chips in the background.

Watermelon Salsa recipe

Sure watermelon is great alone but have you ever thought of making it into an easy fruit salsa?  The sweetness pairs unexpectantly perfectly with the classic, fresh fruit salsa flavors like lime, jalapeno, cilantro, and red onion.  You’ll be surprised how addictive this Watermelon Salsa recipe really is.  It’s like a Pico de Gallo but with watermelon.

The flavor combination… although not obvious… hits the spot.  It has a salty-sweet thing going on that is simply wonderful.

Close up of watermelon, red onion and cilantro.

Ingredients in Easy Watermelon Salsa

So what’s in this easy Watermelon Salsa?  Just a few ingredients that are easy to find.

  • Watermelon: Fresh watermelon is perfect for this recipe.  Cube it into tiny bites that are easy to pick up on a chip for the best results.
  • Jalapeno: The jalapeno has such great flavor! If you don’t like spicy food remove the seeds and white parts inside the pepper.  You could also substitute a green bell pepper, but try the jalopeno.
  • Red Onion: A simple red onion adds color and savory punch to the watermelon salsa.
  • Cilantro: For any salsa, cilantro is a requirement.  I love cilantro so I use lots.
  • Lime: Lime brings all the flavor together and makes it taste like salsa.
  • Salt

All of these ingredients are basically what you’d use to make any healthy fruit salsa!  Just switch out the fruit.


Can I Make Watermelon Salsa Without Fresh Cilantro?

In my opinion, fresh salsa needs cilantro.  The recipe wouldn’t be the same as dried.

If you just don’t like cilantro you could try some fresh basil or mint but it would give the dish a different flavor profile.  Both will be really good just taste different than classic salsa.

Watermelon salsa on a chip.

How to Make Watermelon Salsa

Making Watermelon Salsa is easier than you might think.  They only hard part is cutting the watermelon and veggies.  Use my favorite knives to make it a bit easier.

  1. Cut the watermelon into small cubes.  They need to be small enough to scoop up on a chip.
  2. Cut your jalapeno and onion into even smaller pieces.
  3. Toss the fruit and veggies with the cilantro and lime.
  4. Salt to taste.
  5. Serve with your favorite chips.  This watermelon salsa would also be great on tacos or with fish like salmon or seafood like shrimp or scallops.  The sweet salsa is great with anything on the grill too.


Is this Fruit Salsa Healthy?

Yes! Watermelon is light and naturally low in calories so it makes a great healthy fruit salsa.  Watermelons are filled with vitamins and a great source of lycopene that’s an antioxidant that’s been shown to reduce the risk of cancer.  So eat up!


Variations and Pro Tips

  • Variations on this salsa include adding cucumber for a crunch.  You could also mix the watermelon with other fruits like mango or pineapple.  Avocado would also be a great addition.
  • Use a seedless watermelon for the best results.
  • Serve right away for the best results.

Glass jar with salsa and wooden bowl with chips.

Honestly, this salsa is so yummy you could even skip the chips and eat it with a spoon.  Here are a couple of dishes that it would be great with.


Serve with…

  • Blacked Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
  • Grilled Honey Lime Shrimp
  • Vegetarian Sheet Pan Fajitas
  • 4 Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms


I hope you enjoy this Watermelon Salsa recipe as much as I do!  Give it a try and let me know what you think.



More Healthy Fruit Salsa Recipes


More Healthy Watermelon Recipes


If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear what you think! Leave a comment and a star rating ★ below. Make sure to follow me on InstagramPinterest, and Facebook too!

5 ingredient recipe for Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa recipe

Julie Wunder
This Watermelon Salsa recipe is refreshing, delicious, and only 5 Ingredients!  My addictive twist on easy Fruit Salsa is perfect on chips, on tacos, or with fish. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 34 kcal


  • 4 cups seedless watermelon, diced
  • 1 cup red onion, diced (about 1/2 onion)
  • 1 teaspoon jalapeno, diced (about 1 small jalapeno)
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt to taste


  • Carefully fold all ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Serve as a topping or with fish!


Serve with chips or as a topping for fish.


Calories: 34kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 133mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 574IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Watermelon Salsa, Watermelon salsa recipe
Tried this recipe?Mention @Julie_Wunder or tag #RunninginaSkirt!

Pin for later!

5 Ingredient Watermelon Salsa recipe pin

By | 2020-07-08T07:23:43-04:00 July 8th, 2020|All Vegetarian, Food, Snacks & Appetizers|43 Comments


  1. Angela July 9, 2020 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    This is such a delicious combo of flavors! Perfect for summer….I can’t wait to make it again!!!

  2. Rachel July 8, 2020 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Looks super delicious! And refreshing. 🙂

  3. Deborah Brooks July 8, 2020 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    WE are all over watermelon right now! Love this idea and can’t wait to try it

  4. […] Fresh Watermelon Salsa […]

  5. […] Watermelon Salsa […]

  6. […] berries are perfectly in season right now.  However you could also try Peach, Pineapple, Mango, Watermelon or Mango Avocado […]

  7. […] 5 Ingredient Watermelon Salsa […]

  8. […] 5-ingredient Watermelon Salsa via Running with a Skirt (PIN IT) […]

  9. Erlene July 23, 2017 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Hi, just wanted to let you know that I included your recipe in a watermelon round-up with a link back and pinned. Hope that is ok.

  10. […] Recipes I tried this week: – Watermelon Salsa – Running in a Skirt […]

  11. Echo July 29, 2016 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    This looks so yummy and refreshing! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing it at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

  12. Kimmythevegan July 28, 2016 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    This is the prettiest salsa I have ever seen! I love the sound of a sweet & salty combo and it really would make a perfect potluck accompaniment.
    Thanks so much for sharing at Healthy Vegan Fridays Julie!

  13. Lisa/Syncopated Mama July 28, 2016 at 8:59 am - Reply

    We don’t often buy watermelon because it’s just too big for our little family to eat up, but turning some of it into salsa would solve that problem! Thanks for joining us at #FridayFrivolity this week!

    • JulieWunder July 30, 2016 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Oh yes! I also have a watermelon blueberry salad with feta that will use it right up! Thanks for stopping by today!

  14. Rachel July 25, 2016 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Watermelon salsa, yum!!

  15. Courtney July 25, 2016 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    I love fruit salsas– so delicious! I’ve never tried one with watermelon but I bet it’s amazing!

  16. Mary Ellen @ VNutrition July 25, 2016 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Oooh, I’ve never seen watermelon salsa before! This looks so refreshing and so easy to make! I’ll have to try this for my next BBQ

  17. Farrah July 22, 2016 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    I’m with Susie, although I guess I do have a kitchen. I just really want this instantly right now, haha. It’s so perfect for this super hot weather!!

    • JulieWunder July 23, 2016 at 12:45 pm - Reply

      haha! I need to have a watermelon salsa party then!

  18. Annmarie July 22, 2016 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    SO fresh and perfect for summer!

  19. Melissa @ Mango About Town July 22, 2016 at 9:20 am - Reply

    This is a super cool idea – I’ve never had savory watermelon before!

  20. Christina Bauer July 22, 2016 at 9:12 am - Reply

    This is so clever! I’ve never heard of watermelon salsa. I’ll definitely give this a shot the next time I buy a melon!

  21. Enna July 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love fruit salsas! I haven’t tried this one yet but definitely will! YUM!

  22. Ok, I am so making this! I just got back from the store and bought watermelon. It’s like I knew you had this on your blog today!

    • JulieWunder July 23, 2016 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      We’re totally on the same vibe! I hope you enjoy it.

  23. Lisa Ballantyne July 21, 2016 at 8:41 am - Reply

    My favorite thing to do with watermelon? Eat it! LOL! Actually, my mother used to make watermelon rind pickles, and they were delicious!

    Use thick rind and trim all the pink from melon. Cut into 1 inch cubes. Soak overnight in salt water–4 tbsp. to 1 qt. Drain. Cover with fresh water, adding 1 tbsp. alum this time. Let soak 2 hours. Drain and cover with fresh water and cook unti almost tender. Drain well.

    Make syrup:
    8 c, sugar
    4 c. vinegar
    To this add a spice bag containing 16 sticks cinnamon, 1 tsp. mustard seed and 8 tsp. whole cloves.

    Heat syrup and spices to boiling. Let stand 15 mins. Add melon rind. Cook until clear and transparent. Remove spices and pack while hot.

    • JulieWunder July 23, 2016 at 12:32 pm - Reply

      Wha? Watermelon rind pickles!! I’m so intrigued!! Thanks for dropping the recipe idea!

  24. Blane Sherer July 21, 2016 at 6:53 am - Reply

    I’m sort of funny about watermelon.
    I really like watermelon but I only like it
    by itself. I’m sure others will enjoy your
    recipe and I’m glad that you do.

  25. Susie @ SuzLyfe July 21, 2016 at 6:44 am - Reply

    Pretty please make this for me and send it. PLEASE. I won’t have a kitchen for at least another 2 weeks…

Leave A Comment

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Copycat Panera Strawberry Caprese Salad recipe-

5 Secrets to Break Out of Your Dinner Rut

Be inspired by my FREE e-mail series!

Thank you! Watch your inbox for the first part of the series.