Watermelon Salsa

Written by Eydie Desser

I  spent many years as a recipe tester for Leite’s Culinaria.  This unusual salsa recipe was voted “Tester’s Choice” and it sure is a favorite of all my friends and family.  The original recipe calls for 1 tsp. sugar and 2 tsp. salt.  We omit these ingredients and add extra lime juice and more spice, which really makes the salsa sing.


  • 4 cups diced, seeded watermelon ¼” cubes
  • 1 cup diced, seeded cantaloupe ¼” cubes
  • 2 green onions, white and green parts, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. ancho chile powder, or more to taste
  • 1 TB chopped cilantro
  • 1 TB chopped basil
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lime, or more to taste
  • Small lettuce leaves or Ezekiel tortilla chips


1- In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, cantaloupe, onions, jalapeno, chile powder, cilantro, basil, and lime zest and juice. 

2- Chill for 30 minutes before serving.  Serve as a lettuce wrap, or with baked Ezekiel tortilla chips.

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