Clean Eating Watermelon Salsa Recipe

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This clean eating watermelon salsa is perfect for a summer snack!

I must admit, I was skeptical about combining basil with watermelon. But The Flavor Bible (affiliate link) insisted that basil did indeed compliment watermelon, so I went with it….. W.O.W!

Nobody could stop eating it. Me especially. The entire 4 cups were gone before I could blink.

It 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 pleasures.

Clean Eating Watermelon Salsa Recipe

Plus, on a hot day, it’s a great way to rehydrate during a meal! Oh, and I highly recommend The Flavor Bible (affiliate link). It’s a wonderful and invaluable tool in the kitchen if you ever struggle with “what goes with what” in the flavor and seasoning department!


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Clean Eating Watermelon Salsa Recipe

Clean Eating 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: The Gracious Pantry


  • 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


  • Prepare the watermelon, onion and basil, making sure to chop as small as possible without mincing.
  • Add the lime juice, salt and pepper and stir well.
  • serving 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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  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. The Gracious Pantry says:

      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 I made it early this morning so we could eat it with dinner, I now have to make more:)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cristina – LOL!!! That’s fabulous!

  3. Heidi @ Food Doodles says:

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

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Heidi – I sure did! 😉

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

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

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

  5. Elke Hoffmann says:

    Just made this and its fantastic! Thank you! 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      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. The Gracious Pantry says:

      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. The Gracious Pantry says:

      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. The Gracious Pantry says:

      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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