Watermelon pico de gallo is a sweet, spicy, & juicy salsa that will be your new summer favorite. It is amazing with chips but even better on fish tacos. There is no limit to how many ways you can enjoy this homemade fruit salsa.
This watermelon salsa has wonderful fresh summer flavors. Serve this at any picnic, BBQ, potluck, or party. It is colorful and goes great with other crowd-pleasers like ahi poke nachos or teriyaki chicken skewers.
Pico de gallo is a fresh salsa commonly used in Mexican cuisine and this watermelon salsa will be your new favorite. What is not common, is making it from watermelon instead of tomatoes. It is traditionally made with tomatoes, onions, peppers, cilantro, and lime. In this refreshing version, the sweet watermelon balances the pungent onions, spicy peppers, and the fresh kick from the lime and cilantro.
This easy watermelon pico de gallo recipe is the summer salsa for all your fun Mexican cravings. I love it on tacos or with just chips. However you wish to enjoy it, the colors, flavors, and ease of this recipe will make you want this part of your normal rotation.
How to Make Watermelon Pico de Gallo
Start with either a personal size or a large watermelon. We typically buy the seedless but whatever variety you prefer will work just fine. The key to this watermelon salsa Fresca is that the ingredients be fresh.
Since it is a raw recipe and no cooking is needed, quality ingredients at their peak are important. For the most part, this recipe is all about your chopping skills.
Ingredients Needed for Watermelon Pico de Gallo (salsa)
- Watermelon - a seedless variety works best & makes prepping easy.
- Onion - for that pungent bite.
- Jalapeno Peppers - for spiciness.
- Sweet Bell Peppers - color & crunch.
- Cilantro - the classic fresh herb for pico de gallo & salsas.
- Citrus juice (lemons or limes)
- Salt & Pepper
How to Make Watermelon Salsa
Here are the easy steps to making pico de gallo & fruit salsas at home:
- Dice the Produce
- Combine the Ingredients
- Serve Watermelon Pico de Gallo
1 - Dice the Produce
Cut the seedless watermelon into small dice, you do want them to be smaller than bite-sized, or else the chips or tacos will be full of large chunks of watermelon and nothing else.
Also, dice the onions and sweet bell peppers.
I like to seed and remove the membranes for one of the jalapenos so that the pico de gallo is not super spicy. Doing this to only one jalapeno makes it just right for our family's heat tolerance. You can do whatever you like and have all the insides for more heat or none at all for all mild all the time.
DON'T FORGET TO WASH YOUR HANDS REALLY GOOD AFTER HANDLING AND DICING THE JALAPENO PEPPERS -- the last thing you want to accidentally do is touch your eyes after that. OUCH
2 - Combine the Ingredients
Once everything is diced and in a medium-sized bowl, juice the lemons or limes. Depending on your size, you may need one or two. Pour the juice over the ingredients and toss lightly to coat.
Nice I finely diced the fresh cilantro leaves and sprinkled that on top. Followed by one final gentle stir and I also seasoned it with salt and pepper.
Optional, a sprinkle of Tajin or cumin if you have that to your liking. The great thing about fresh salsas like this pico de gallo is you can experiment and make it your own.
3 - Serve Watermelon Pico de Gallo
This recipe is best enjoyed fresh on the same day it is made. Serve it on a buffet with chips, tacos, & nachos. It is a great summer party appetizer along with some cocktails like a Pina Colada on the Rocks or Texas Ranch Water.
Substitutions or Variations
Sometimes you cannot find an ingredient or need to use an alternate due to allergies or dietary needs. Here are some ingredient substitutions or variations that work for this watermelon salsa recipe.
- Onion - use red, white, or yellow onion.
- Lemon - use lime juice instead.
- Extra Spicy - double the number of jalapenos and/or do not remove the seeds or membranes.
- Cilantro - omit if you are not a fan (and want salsa without cilantro) and replace it with another fresh herb like flat-leaf parsley.
Watermelon is one of the most common fruits without seeds. Other fruits can be added for a combination of salsa - try mango or pineapple.
What Goes Well with Watermelon Salsa
As mentioned this fruit salsa is great as an appetizer dip served with tortilla chips. It is also great as a topping on tacos, quesadillas, or tamales. Also, add it to burritos.
Storing Watermelon Salsa
This fresh salsa stores well in the refrigerator. Place any leftovers in an air-tight container and store them in the fridge for up to 5 days. I would not store it any longer since the watermelon will get mushy and soft.
I do not recommend freezing salsa. It does not hold up well when frozen or thawed to use later. I recommend eating watermelon salsa when it is fresh.
Other Watermelon Recipes
During summer, the most popular fresh ingredient in my house is always watermelon so we have a lot of it from May to September. This is why I am always looking for new delicious ways to enjoy. Buy a big one & learn how to freeze watermelon to enjoy later.
This is probably why I already have several amazing watermelon recipes on the blog. So if you love watermelon, you may want to check out these refreshing, fun, and unique recipes:
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Watermelon Pico de Gallo (salsa)
- 3 cup watermelon small dice
- ½ cup yellow or orange bell peppers finely diced
- ⅓ cup onion finely diced
- 2 small jalapenos finely diced, (seeds and membranes removed optional)
- ½ cup cilantro chopped
- 3 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- Chop and dice the first 5 ingredients as listed.
- In a medium-sized bowl, add the ingredients and gently stir to combine.
- Juice the citrus and pour over the bowl of ingredients.
- Add cilantro, salt, and pepper. Mix gently to combine.
- Serve immediately with chips or use it to top seafood tacos.
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