Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Watermelon Salsa

I admit it. I am a salsa addict. I can eat bowls of chips and salsa, and love to top chicken, fish, eggs, salad, you name it, with the classic tomato version. Or green tomatillo salsa for a change. But, guess what? Fresh watermelon makes an equally delicious salsa. You have to give it a try.

I add fresh corn to the salsa and there is something addicting (like how I am keeping the addict theme going?) about the sweet watermelon and corn combined with spicy chilies, green onion and a handful of herbs. When the weather is really hot, this cooling and refreshing salsa is even better than the tomato version. Give it a try with tortilla chips, of course, but also as a topping for your favorite grilled protein.
Don't you just love summer?

Watermelon Salsa
(makes 4 cups)

3 cups diced watermelon
2 green onions, chopped (white and green parts)
1/2 cucumber, seeded and diced
1-2 jalapeƱo, seeded and diced (depends on how spicy you like your salsa)
1/2 cup fresh corn 
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped
Zest from 1 lime
Juice from 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Chill until ready to serve. 

Delicious with tortilla chips or as a topping for chicken or fish.

Note, this is best eaten the day you make it, but, in a pinch, I have made the night before. Just drain before serving as the watermelon will give off a lot of juice. And don't add the herbs until right before you serve.

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Summer means easy, breezy dishes made from fresh, just-picked produce and this week at Food Network's Summer Soiree we are celebrating WatermelonDo you have a favorite watermelon recipe? Share in the comments section and/or link to your blog if you have one. And be sure to check out the delicious sounding recipes from my blogger friends and Food Network. 

Weelicious: Watermelon Cinnamon Granita
Homemade Delish: 
Refreshing Watermelon Salsa
Healthy Eats: 
Pretty in Pink: 6 Dishes Made Better with Watermelon
Creative Culinary: 
Margarita Watermelon
The Wimpy Vegetarian: 
Watermelon and Peach Salsa
Dishin & Dishes: 
Watermelon Jalapeno Agua Fresca
Napa Farmhouse 1885: 
Watermelon Salsa
Red or Green: 
Watermelon, Corn & Jalapeno Salad
The Mom 100: 
Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie
Taste with the Eyes: 
Unique Watermelon Salad - Pomegranate Syrup, Feta, Cucumber
FN Dish: 
6 Party-Ready Ways to Take Watermelon Off the Rind


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