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Contest-Winning Watermelon Salsa

“I entered this recipe in a local fair, and it took first place! This is one of my favorites because all of the ingredients (except for the lime juice) came directly from my garden and bee hives.” —Carolyn Butterfield of Lake Stevens, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    3 cups


  • 2 cups seeded finely chopped watermelon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped peeled cucumber
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • Baked tortilla chip scoops


  • In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, cucumber, onion, peppers and herbs. Drizzle with honey and lime juice; gently toss to coat.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with chips.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup: 22 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch.

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  • JMartinelli13
    Jul 6, 2016

    Change #1- I don't do cilantro. I am in the "tastes like soap" camp. I used parsley instead. The other two changes were minor- yellow bell pepper for the red, and little baby cucumbers that I left the peels on. Easy, delicious and a wonderful change from traditional salsa, thank you so much to Carolyn B for sharing the recipe!

  • Susie2177
    Aug 7, 2013

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  • Not Betty Crocker
    Jun 20, 2010

    Very different and refreshing. I will make this again!

  • JenniferMarie412
    Jun 19, 2010

    I had such high hopes for this recipe because I LOVE fruit/salsa.... unfortunately, it was just missing something and I was NOT a fan... even more unfortunate... not anyone at the party I took it to was a fan either.... it's a good thing I had brought other apps! Won't make this again...

  • brokenheartranch
    Feb 9, 2010

    Very crisp and refreshing! My entire family just loved this salsa. Would definitely make over and over again.

  • JHunt195
    Jun 9, 2009

    Took it to a wine festival to share for a picnic lunch. It got rave reviews. I used the leftovers to put on grilled tilapia a couple of evenings later...delish!

  • Pinstripes
    Oct 10, 2008

    A great new way to use watermelon! I thought it seemed strange while I was making it, but tasted great and got lots of compliments. Will surely make again.

  • kspuck79
    Sep 22, 2008

    SO GOOD! It was a nice change for our family cookout.