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Contest-Winning Watermelon Salsa Recipe

Contest-Winning Watermelon Salsa Recipe

“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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional 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.

Reviews for Contest-Winning Watermelon Salsa

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JMartinelli13 User ID: 92779 250144
Reviewed 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!"

Not Betty Crocker User ID: 4523001 105298
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

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

JenniferMarie412 User ID: 4878762 106786
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..."

brokenheartranch User ID: 1421944 160057
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2010

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

JHunt195 User ID: 2478322 141768
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!"

Pinstripes User ID: 3468767 178561
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."

kspuck79 User ID: 3204571 89030
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2008

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

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Wine Pairings

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.