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 recipe for watermelon pico de gallo 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)
- Jalapeno Peppers
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Citrus juice (lemons or limes)
- Salt & Pepper
Cut the 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
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.
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.
What to Serve with Watermelon Pico de Gallo
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. It is fantastic with grilled chicken thighs, fish, or pork.
Storing Watermelon Salsa
This fresh salsa stores well in the refrigerator. Place any leftovers in an air-tight container and store them in the refrigerator 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. 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:
WATERMELON MINT MARTINI RECIPE
MEXICAN WATERMELON CUCUMBER SALAD WITH TAJIN
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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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Never would have thought about this! Sounds delicious! Especially since I usually already put spicy seasoning on my watermelon, this will probably taste similar.
Oh me too! I do sprinkle some tajin on this when I put it on tacos! Wow, so much flavor for a fruit salsa.
Beth Shields says
This looks amazing. I love new and refreshing picos and salsas. I bet this would be great with fish. But the chips will do just fine! Thanks so much for this. Pinning this recipe for sure!
It is so amazing with shrimp tacos. The recipe is actually coming soon to the blog so keep your eyes out so you don't miss it!
Angella Jensen says
YUM! I am going to make that next weekend. It looks delicious
Let me know what you think and would love to hear what you serve it with.
Eva Keller says
What a great concept for a salsa! My husband would love this. I would eat it without the cilantro and jalapeno. I can't do anything spicy and I can't eat cilantro.
One of the great things about this recipe is how you can alter it a bit to your liking and still have a great bowl of pico de Gallo with sweet watermelon and tons of other flavors.
Sabrina DeWalt says
I pinned this one. Sounds delicious! Can't wait to make it.
Thank you for saving to Pinterest.
What a delicious mix of sweet, savory and spicy this salsa would be. I'm on the lookout for a watermelon on my next shopping trip - I have everything else on the list.
Enjoy the watermelon salsa recipe and let me know what you pair it with, thanks.
Ooh I love this! My son loves watermelon and I love salsa, and this recipe might be the perfect thing to bring it all together and finally get him on board with eating Mexican!
Great, maybe make a mother-son date night and indulge in some Mexican cuisine with this Watermelon Salsa!
Roselyn Franke says
Pinned it and going to try it as well!
Thanks for adding the watermelon pico de gallo to your Pinterest boards!
Alexis Farmer says
I’m not a big fan of regular Pico but I would definitely try this!
Trying a new salsa or pico de gallo recipe is always a great thing to do
Sarah Camp says
Yum! What a great take on a traditional pico de gallo - I'll definitely have to try this!
If you don't eat it all immediately, get this watermelon salsa on some grilled fish or shrimp tacos for an amazing summer idea.
Jennifer L Markell says
Perfect timing! I was wondering what to do with this huge watermelon when there is only two of us in the house! Thanks!
Great, we have that HUGE watermelon problem sometimes - which is a great problem to have in summer!
Looks delish! Thanks for sharing!
You are welcome.
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What an awesome take on pico. I also love watermelon so will definitely have to give this a try!
Honestly, I am not a huge watermelon fan. However, I think I may be able to get behind this! I think used as a salsa with a little heat may be what I need. Thanks for sharing!
You never know what may change your mind about watermelon and this could be it.
Carrie Beaton says
I've never thought of putting watermelon in a salsa before. I bet the sweet and salty contrast is amazing! Thanks for sharing!
Watermelon salsa is a great combo of sweet and spicy.
Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist says
OMG. This sounds incredible. Pinned x
What a fabulous idea!! Who would have thought about watermelon for salsa. This will be a great holiday summer treat this weekend.
Enjoy! I hope this fruit salsa is a great addition to your Independence day holiday menu!
This sounds absolutely delicious! I love watermelon and jalapeños togethers...so why not a salsa?!
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Wonderful, thanks so much Dee!
Yummm, cilantro and watermelon.
Anindya Sundar Basu says
We made watermelon salad with tomato few days ago and this is on the same lines. Love the salsa.
YUM! I love the combination of sweet, tangy, salty, and spicy so this salsa's got my name all over it!
Nart at Cooking with Nart says
Looks so good! I prefer watermelon to tomato!
My boys eat so much watermelon that they prefer it too in a salsa.
This looks like an easy to make side dish and kids will love it too.
My kids love watermelon salsa and I think yours will too.
I love watermelon and this pica de gallo with it sounds interesting.
Really good and shared this recipe a few times already with friends. It is not too spicy so it is just right for us but if you like spicy add extra jalapeno and keep the seeds or something. You cannot go wrong with this if you love fruit salsa.
Thanks for the comment and for sharing.