Cucumber watermelon salsa is a light and refreshing salsa that captures the flavors of summer.
This salsa is slightly sweet and perfect for dipping or serving alongside grilled seafood or meat. When you add a little bit of spicy onion, jalapeno pepper, and fresh mint to the cucumber and watermelon you have the perfect salsa for a hot summer day.
This recipe was originally posted in 2017, it has been updated for content and photos.
Cucumber watermelon salsa is one of those refreshing salsas that everyone will want more of in the summer months and so is this mango and strawberry salsa and spicy mango habanero salsa.
- Watermelon cucumber salsa is light, refreshing, and full of fresh ingredients.
- It's an easy recipe to make and it's healthy - the perfect summer salsa!
Here is what you will need to make this watermelon cucumber salsa recipe
This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this recipe. Scroll down to see a printable recipe card with exact measurements and complete cooking instructions.
- Fresh watermelon
- Fresh cucumbers
- Jalapeno pepper
- Fresh mint
- Fresh cilantro
- Olive oil
- Fresh lime juice
- Sharp knife
- Small bowl to mix the dressing
- Medium bowl to mix the salsa
Here's how to make watermelon cucumber salsa
Make the dressing: whisk together the olive oil and lime juice in a small mixing bowl or a small mason jar.
Step 1. Chop the ingredients
Chop all of the ingredients and add them to a mixing bowl.
Step 2. Mix the ingredients
Use a wooden spoon to mix all of the ingredients together and pour in the dressing.
Tip! For maximum flavor refrigerate the salsa for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Ingredient notes and substitutions
Watermelon - a fresh ripe watermelon that is seedless works best in this recipe.
Cucumbers - any variety of cucumbers will work. I like to use Kirby or Persian cucumbers.
Onions - small red onion or white onion adds just the right amount of flavor to fresh salsa
Jalapeno Pepper - adds heat to the salsa, if you prefer a milder salsa, use just a little bit of the jalapeno pepper to taste or leave it out completely.
How to make and store this sweet watermelon and cucumber salad ahead of time
Cucumber and watermelon salsa can be made several hours to a day ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. In fact, for the best flavor, salsa should be made at least an hour ahead so that all of the flavors can blend together.
Store leftover salsa in the refrigerator in a glass airtight container for up to 3 days.
Cucumber watermelon salsa tastes great as a dip with tortilla chips or serve it at your next summer party on top of grilled chicken, pork or seafood.
Watermelon cucumber salsa variations
Cucumber watermelon fruit salad. Instead of chopping the cucumber watermelon salad into small pieces, cut them into larger chunks and serve it as a refreshing salad.
Change up the fruit. Use any combination of diced cantaloupe, honeydew melon or even tomatoes to the salsa.
Change up the herbs. Try using any combination of fresh basil leaves, oregano, lemon balm, or any of your favorite herbs.
Change up the dressing and replace the lime juice with an equal amount of balsamic vinegar or lemon juice.
Recipe Tips & Questions
For a shortcut, look for pre-cut watermelon chunks in your produce section to save time!
To easily chop fresh herbs, roll the leaves and cut them with kitchen scissors.
Cucumbers are in their healthiest form when they are not peeled. If the skins are tough, you can peel them completely, or partially peel them. Otherwise, leave the peels on and enjoy the extra health benefits.
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- 1 cup diced cucumber about one medium cucumber
- 1 cup diced seedless watermelon
- ½ cup minced onion
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- a handful of fresh mint and cilantro or both chopped fine
- 1 small jalapeno pepper diced.
- Slice cucumbers into quarters vertically, and dice the cucumber and place it into a bowl.
- Chop up the watermelon into small uniform-sized pieces and place them into the bowl with the cucumber.
- Dice the onion and jalapeno pepper and add them to the bowl with the cucumbers and watermelon.
- Chop up the herbs and stir them into the salsa.
- Mix the lime juice and oil together and pour over all; gently stir
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used
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I don't think I even need chips or seafood to eat this delicious salsa! I agree your salsa would be perfect on seafood, but I see myself eating it with a big ole honking spoon.
And I've done that Laineey!
Amanda Mason says
So light and refreshing! I bet this goes amazing with vegetables instead of chips! I'll be trying this one out for sure!
Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen says
What a great mix of sweet and savory in this dish! It'd be great on some mahi mahi tacos. YUM!
Love how versatile this is! Dip it or put it on top of something - it's perfect for summer and so refreshing!
Jyothi (Jo) says
I could easily finish this bowl clean and won't even bother about those chips. So refreshing, perfect for summer
I would absolutely put this refreshing salsa on a nice piece of steak to make it even better, delicious!
Give me a spoon and I'm ready to go with this! I love watermelon and as much as I'm sure this would be delicious on chips and seafood I think I would find myself "sampling" half of it off of a spoon.
Seriously, I will be eating this by the spoonful! No need for chips or something to top it on just give me the bowl!
Kim @ Berly's Kitchen says
This is the perfect salsa for summer! It's so light and fresh. It would be great as a side, on fish, or even by itself. Awesome idea!
Claire | The Simple, Sweet Life says
I've never tried a salsa with watermelon but it sounds so refreshing. Perfect for this time of year!
This is a gorgeous appetizer to serve at a bbq or potluck. Perfect recipe for summer!
Such a gorgeous fresh and tasty dish - I could eat this right now!
Oh my gosh! I LOVE this, so fresh and summery -- and my favorite fruit to boot!
Jean Choi says
So amazingly refreshing! It's perfect for the summer.
Everything about this salsa is so good! Delicious, easy to make, and the combo of cucumbers & watermelon is so refreshing!
My family is going to love this! The cucumber and watermelon are so good together!
Megan Stevens says
This is such a delicious salsa. Thank you for the recipe. I actually add minced fresh ginger to mine, too, for some healthy spiciness. 🙂
Love this idea! Never thought to use watermelon in a salsa but now I want it on everything.
Stacey Crawford says
Such a pretty, colorful and refreshing salsa! I love that I don't need to roast or cook anything as it is over 100 degrees today.