Contest-Winning Watermelon Salsa Recipe
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Contest-Winning Watermelon Salsa Recipe

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“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:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup (calculated without chips) equals 22 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1/2 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, cucumber, onion, peppers and herbs. Drizzle with honey and lime juice; gently toss to coat.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with chips. Yield: 3 cups.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Watermelon Salsa in Healthy Cooking August/September 2008, p37

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

"Very different and refreshing. I will make this again!"

Reviewed 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..."

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2010

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

Reviewed 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!"

Reviewed 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."

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