Watermelon Salsa Recipe

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This healthy watermelon salsa is perfect for a summer snack!

This fruit salsa delivers both on texture and on flavor. It’s easy to eat and adds tons of sweet, delicious flavor to whatever you serve it with.

Clean Eating Watermelon Salsa Recipe

This fruit salsa has a very simple flavor to it, but it’s so addictive! Pair this with some clean, organic corn chips, and holy moly!! I promise it’s one of life’s simple yet amazing summer pleasures.

What To Eat With Watermelon Salsa

  • With corn chips, tortilla chips, or pita chips
  • Over salmon
  • Over pork
  • In tacos
  • Over chicken
  • With shrimp

Recipe Additions

If you want to round out this salsa a bit more, here are more ingredients you can add:

  • Jalapeno pepper
  • Cucumber
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Fresh mint (or any herbs you like)
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell peppers – Particularly red bell peppers.
  • Lime zest

About The Ingredients

Watermelon – Pick the sweetest one you can find. A seedless watermelon is quite helpful here.

Yellow onion – Red onion will also work great here.

Fresh basil

Fresh lime juice

Salt and pepper  – To taste

How To Make Watermelon Salsa

Using a sharp knife, dice the watermelon, onion, and basil, making sure to chop as small as possible without mincing, and transfer to a bowl.

Add the lime juice, salt, and pepper and stir well.

Transfer to a serving dish or bowl and serve on a pita or with your favorite, clean corn chips.


Store this in the fridge for up to 2 or 3 days.


Freezing is not recommended for this recipe.


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Clean Eating Watermelon Salsa Recipe

Watermelon Salsa

A wonderfully refreshing snack for summer! Note that if you like a spicier watermelon salsa, you can finely mince some jalapeño and mix that in too! And lastly, if you prefer cilantro, that goes super well with watermelon too. Simply replace the basil with the same amount of cilantro.
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Course: Appetizer, Condiments, Dips, Fruit, Salsa, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 24kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • 4 cups finely chopped watermelon
  • ½ cup finely diced yellow onion
  • ¼ cup fresh, finely chopped basil
  • 1 medium lime (juice only)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Using a sharp knife, dice the watermelon, onion, and basil, making sure to chop as small as possible without mincing, and transfer to a bowl.
  • Add the lime juice, salt, and pepper and stir well.
  • Transfer to a serving dish or bowl and serve on a pita or with your favorite, clean corn chips.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 88mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 6.3mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 5/9/11.

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I'm Tiffany, a writer for MSN and the AP Newswire, a cookbook author, digital publisher, food lover, and mom. I create healthy, clean eating recipes for everyday living.

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  1. Girl this is the good stuff! All I can say is wow my kids couldn’t stop eating it, thanks for another clean kid friendly recipe:)

    1. Cristina – That’s wonderful!!! The funny part is, Mini Chef wouldn’t eat it. I think he was JUST expecting the watermelon flavor. The basil threw him off. But that’s okay, because everybody else devoured it.

      Glad you all enjoyed it! 🙂

  2. the kids ate it for breakfast..lol I made it early this morning so we could eat it with dinner, I now have to make more:)

    1. Cristina – LOL!!! That’s fabulous!

  3. Heidi @ Food Doodles says:

    Yum! I could totally see myself eating that with a spoon 😀

  4. You must’ve read my shopping list! I now have watermelon chunks and fresh basil in the fridge. 🙂

    1. Charlena – Yep! I’m psychic like that. 😉

  5. Elke Hoffmann says:

    Just made this and its fantastic! Thank you! 🙂

    1. Elke – Fabulous! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Thanks for trying my recipe!

  6. Mint is what I’ve always put with watermelon. I love it, its so cool and refreshing, but my hubby isn’t a fan of mint, so I should try it with the basil for him. Thanks for the idea!

    1. Christy – I thought about mint too. We have a chocolate mint plant in the back yard though. No regular mint. It just didn’t go well somehow. I love the basil though. Not sure I’d want it with mint after trying it with the basil. So yummy!

  7. Jenn@slim-shoppin says:

    That sounds like a great combo – especially with the lime too!

    1. Jenn – It really is! I ate almost the whole bowl by myself. So refreshing!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Sounds delicious! I have been looking for healthy ways to have snacks/appetizers and this sounds wonderful and refreshing. Thanks!


    1. Elizabeth – You’re welcome! It’s definitely refreshing, no doubt about that! 😉

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  10. Justusphotography says:

    You can also use the following in addition to watermelon. 2 c watermelon, 1 c onions, 1 c pineapple (crushed) and 1/2 c concentrated orange juice. and…wait for it….CILANTRO!

    1. Anonymous says:

      JUP – LOL!! Sounds amazing! I’ll give it a try, thanks!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Charlie – Ooooh! You should LOVE this one!

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  13. graciouspantry says:

    Sherretteestes – Corn chips are best. Just be sure the pineapple is sweet. Might be hard to find this time of year. I have a strawberry salsa you might like too. It’s a little easier to find good strawberries this time of year than watermelon.

  14. graciouspantry says:

    sherretteestes – Haha! I guess you’ll just have to try them all!

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