Watermelon salsa is the best summer snack, it’s fresh, fruity, and absolutely delicious! You’ll love the sweet and tangy flavors in this refreshing twist on classic salsa! Vegan & gluten-free.
*This recipe was originally posted on 7/24/16 but I updated it with better recipe instructions on 6/29/19.
If you’re a fan of watermelon and you like salsa then you’re absolutely going to love this fresh fruit salsa! The combination of sweet watermelon and tropical mango, tangy chunks of kiwi, spicy red onions, and zesty fresh lime juice is delish!
This watermelon mango salsa is the best summery snack and it’s the perfect way to eat up all that fresh and juicy watermelon that is so abundant this time of year. You can scoop it up with crackers or make a summer-inspired tray of nachos!
How to Make Watermelon Salsa
This watermelon salsa recipe is beyond easy to make! Start by chopping the watermelon, kiwi, and mango. Dice the red onion into small chunks and roughly chop the fresh cilantro. Then put everything into a large mixing bowl. In a separate small bowl, whisk the fresh lime juice and maple syrup together. Pour the dressing over the salsa and toss it to combine. Season with a pinch of salt to taste. Put the salsa into the fridge for one hour before serving, it tastes best served cold.
What Other Fruit Could You Use?
If you can find or don’t like watermelon, kiwi, or mango then I would suggest that you use any of the following flavor combinations instead:
- Strawberry Watermelon Salsa
- Blueberry Mango Salsa
- Papaya Kiwi Salsa
- Peach Mango Salsa
- Honeydew Mango Salsa
- Mandarin Orange Kiwi Salsa
- Watermelon Pineapple Salsa
Do You Have to Make Watermelon Salsa with Cilantro?
If you’re one of those people who hate the taste of cilantro then, of course, you can definitely make this watermelon salsa without cilantro. You could substitute fresh basil or fresh mint or just omit the fresh herbs completely.
Is This Watermelon Salsa Recipe Gluten-Free?
Yes, this simple watermelon salsa recipe is naturally gluten-free. The only way it wouldn’t be gluten-free is if you used a wheat-based cracker for dipping. These sweet potato crackers and these crispy seeded crackers are both delicious gluten-free options!
Tips to Make The Best Watermelon Salsa
- Look for a heavy, round (not oval) watermelon with a yellow spot (not white) on its belly with lots of sugar webbing lines. If you find a watermelon with all of these features then it should be sugar sweet!
- If you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, they have a 6-pack of organic kiwi’s for a great price! That’s where I always get my kiwi’s from.
- If you have the choice, don’t pick a white or yellow onion instead of a red onion. Red onions are loaded with antioxidants and they have the best flavor for fresh salsa.
- If you want to add a boost of plant-based protein, add one can of drained and rinsed black beans to the salsa. Watermelon salsa with black beans is a delicious combination!
- Store the fruit salsa in the fridge for one hour before serving so it has time to chill and to let the flavors meld.
- Store the leftover salsa in an airtight glass container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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Watermelon Salsa Recipe
- 2 cups seedless watermelon diced
- 1 large mango diced
- 3 kiwis diced (about 1 cup)
- 1/4 cup red onion diced
- 1/4 cup cilantro roughly chopped
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
- sea salt to taste
- Dice the watermelon, kiwi, mango, red onion, and roughly chop the cilantro. Add the fresh fruit, red onion, and cilantro to a large mixing bowl.
- In a separate small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup and lime juice. Pour the dressing over the fruit salsa. Toss to combine and season with salt to taste.
- Put the watermelon salsa in the fridge for at least one hour to let the flavors meld before serving.
- Look for a round (not oval) watermelon with a yellow spot (not white) on its belly and lots of sugar webbing lines. If you find a watermelon with all of these features then it should be sugar sweet!
- If you have a Trader Joe's nearby, they have a 6-pack of organic kiwi's for a great price! That's where I always get my kiwi's from.
- If you have the choice, don't pick a white or yellow onion instead of a red onion. Red onions are loaded with antioxidants and they have the best flavor for fresh salsa.
- Store the watermelon salsa in the fridge for one hour before serving so it has time to chill and to let the flavors meld.
- Store the leftover watermelon salsa in an airtight glass container in the fridge for up to 5 days.