watermelon salsa with cucumber and mint watermelon salsa with cucumber and mint Israeli Kitchen Get ready for a sweet, summery twist on salsa. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Watermelon cucumber mint salsa

Sweet, tangy and refreshing, this watermelon salsa is a fresh and easy summer side dish that's great for entertaining.

  • Yield: Serves 6
  • Prep time: 15 minutes

I have to confess, for most of my life I ate watermelon one way only: straight up. But at a recent dinner party I served watermelon chunks with fresh mint, and I loved what that added to the already perfectly sweet and delicious melon. This salad adds just a few more ingredients, and is super light on the seasoning – making for a perfectly refreshing and easy to throw together summer side dish.


  • 4 cups watermelon, cut into small cubes (1 small melon, or 1/3 of a large one)
  • 1/2 English cucumber
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • Dash of tabasco
  • Squirt fresh lemon juice
  • Dash of salt


Place diced watermelon in a medium-sized serving bowl.

Dice cucumber and onion finely, and add to watermelon.

Chop mint, and add to salad. Add seasonings and stir to coat. Serve chilled.

(Note: To easily dice watermelon, cut off ends of melon, stand it up, and cut down the sides to remove peel – you’ll have to cut in a curved motion following the line of the melon. Cut into thin 1/2-inch slices, stack and finely dice.)

Related Topics: Entertaining, Vegetarian

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