Who needs tomatoes? Watermelon salsa is a treat—and watermelon has more lycopene than tomatoes. Photo courtesy Watermelon.org.




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August 2010

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Recipe: Watermelon Salsa

An Even Healthier Alternative To Tomato Salsa


CAPSULE REPORT: Take advantage of summer’s watermelon and incorporate it every way you can. Salsa is a healthy recipe that can be used in a number of ways; and watermelon has more of the phytonutrient (antioxidant) lycopene than tomatoes, making watermelon salsa even healthier. Also take a look at more watermelon recipes and information:


Watermelon Salsa Recipe

This  is a yummy salsa that can also be served as a side dish or as a salad over shredded iceberg lettuce.

Serves 12 to 18.


  • 2 cans (15.5 ounces) corn kernels, rinsed and drained -or-
    3-1/2 cups cooked or raw kernels from the cob

  • 2 cans (15.5 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 red onion, chopped

  • 2 jalapeño chiles, seeded and chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons mild chili powder

  • Juice from 2 limes (4 tablespoons)

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • Salt to taste

  • 3 cups chopped seedless watermelon


  1. Mix together all ingredients except watermelon until well combined.
  2. Gently fold in watermelon. Chill.
  3. Serve with corn chips or as a side dish. For a special salad, fill Martini glasses with a base of shredded lettuce and top with watermelon salsa. Garnish with black olives on a skewer.



Recipe © 2008 National Watermelon Promotion Board. All rights reserved. Other material Lifestyle Direct, Inc.  All rights reserved.  Images are the copyright of their individual owners.