Watermelon salsa is one of my favorite toppings for grilled seafood and grilled veggies on hot summer days. It is a sweeter-style salsa so it compliments bitter foods well including slightly charred and grilled meats, seafood, and vegetables. Plus, the nice thing about a watermelon is it’s very versatile so you can use it to make this salsa, maybe a Fresh Watermelon Cooler, or even throw it in a salad or quinoa bowl.
The two star ingredients in the Spicy Watermelon Salsa are the spicy Padrón pepper and mint. The pepper adds a nice punch and the mint gives it complexity and pairs so well with sweet watermelon making this salsa easy to love.
One thing I definitely recommend doing is straining the watermelon after chopping it to remove the excess juice. I like to save the watermelon juice and add it to a glass of ice water or use it to make a Watermelon Cooler. Most Padrón peppers fall on the mild and sweet side but not all of these peppers do. I’ve definitely had the latter and for someone who developed an aversion to serious spice recently, I didn’t feel so hot (pun intended). So do proceed with caution. Hope you like the Spicy Watermelon Salsa!
- 1 cup seedless watermelon, finely chopped
- ¼ cup diced onion
- 1 Padron pepper, seeded and finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon mint, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- Pinch of sea salt
- After finely chopping watermelon, strain for 1 minute to remove excess juice.
- Combine all remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Add chips to a serving plate and serve with salsa. Enjoy!