Welcome back to our blog, dear food lovers! Today, we're putting a creative spin on a classic party favorite - salsa. Get ready to add a touch of sweetness and a burst of freshness to your appetizer table with our Watermelon Salsa recipe. This delightful recipe combines juicy watermelon with the classic ingredients of traditional salsa for a refreshing and tangy treat that's sure to please.
Not only is this salsa packed with flavor, but it also features the optional kick of a jalapeño to suit those who enjoy a little extra heat. So, without further ado, let's get into the ingredients and steps of creating this wonderful dish!
- 3 cups of diced watermelon
- 1 cup of finely chopped cilantro
- 1 cup of finely chopped red onion
- 2 limes
- 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and finely chopped (optional)
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Salt, to taste
1. Prep your watermelon: Begin by cutting your watermelon into small, bite-sized pieces. You'll need about 3 cups of diced watermelon.
2. Chop your veggies: Next, finely chop your red onion, jalapeño (if using), and cilantro. Remember, when handling jalapeño, it's best to use gloves to avoid any potential skin irritation.
3. Mix the ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the diced watermelon, chopped cilantro, red onion, and jalapeño (if using). Stir everything together gently, ensuring that the ingredients are well combined without smashing the watermelon pieces.
4. Add your dressing: In a separate small bowl, squeeze out the juice of the two limes, add the olive oil and a pinch of salt. Whisk these ingredients together until well combined. This will act as a light dressing for your salsa, giving it an extra layer of flavor.
5. Combine everything: Pour the lime-olive oil dressing over the watermelon mixture. Gently toss everything together until the salsa is well coated with the dressing.
6. Season to taste: Add salt to your preference and give it one last gentle mix.
7. Chill and serve:
For best results, allow your salsa to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. This will allow all the flavors to meld together perfectly. Serve your watermelon salsa with your favorite tortilla chips, or as a refreshing side to grilled chicken or fish.
There you have it - a simple, delicious, and refreshing Watermelon Salsa that's perfect for any summer gathering. It's a unique twist on traditional salsa that will have your guests coming back for more. Enjoy this fruity take on a classic appetizer, and let us know what you think in the comments below! Happy cooking!