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Watermelon Blueberry Salsa

Watermelon Blueberry Salsa

Two years ago, I was dining at a charming Colorado restaurant with my parents when the waiter (after hearing us discussing our latest culinary projects) brought out a special batch of salsa that he had made earlier that day. In it was a mixture of typical salsa ingredients (tomato, jalapeno, and onion) along with not-so common additions like blueberries and watermelon.

I don’t think we’ve ever eaten a bowl of salsa so quickly.

It was truly unique and perfect in its simplicity.

As he proudly told us what was in the spectacular salsa, I scribbled a few notes down on a scrap of paper, fully intending on recreating it once I got home.

Watermelon Blueberry Salsa

Fast forward two years later, and try as I might (and believe me, I tried), that scrap of paper had disappeared. One too many purse-purges and wallet reorganizations and it had no doubt made its way to the trash.

Even a truly memorable salsa was no match for my short-term memory; being that I am capable of forgetting what we ate for dinner two days ago, I should not have expected to remember a salsa that I had enjoyed two years earlier.

But yet each summer, as blueberries overflowed the market stands and watermelons weighted down our CSA baskets, I kept thinking of that salsa. And so finally, with the blueberries making their final stand before they disappear for another year, I knew I had to dig deep and try my best to remember.

I have no way of knowing if I got it exactly right; while I remembered there being cantaloupe in the salsa, my mom is adamant that there was no such thing (I think she’s right in this case, as we tested it both ways and it is truly better without). Tomato? Neither of us could recall. But after testing it both Taylor and I agreed that it provides a necessary foundation; a quick whir in the food processor together with the onion and jalapeno (rather than leaving it chunky) ensures you get a bit of sweetness and spice in every bite. It’s the perfect blending of traditional and fruit salsas: the brightness of the cilantro and spicy kick from the jalapeno are offset beautifully by the summer sweetness of the blueberries and watermelon.

This, my friends, is a salsa worth remembering.

Watermelon Blueberry Salsa

Yield: 2 1/2 cups

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 4 small Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped (discard seeds for a milder salsa)
  • 1 cup diced watermelon
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice (from 1 lime)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Combine tomatoes, onion, and jalapeno in the bowl of a food processor; pulse briefly or until finely chopped (do not fully liquefy). If you don't have a food processor, you can finely chop the ingredients by hand.
  2. Transfer tomato mixture to a medium bowl; stir in watermelon, blueberries, cilantro, lime juice, and salt.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.

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  1. 1
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 8:28 am

    This looks so delicious!!!


  2. 2
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Love everything about this salsa!


  3. 3
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 8:31 am

    This looks so fresh and delicious!!! Would be perfect for celebrating the Olympics too – red white and blue! ;)


  4. 4
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 8:38 am

    This is just summer in a bowl!


  5. 5
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Salsa me.


  6. 6
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Yum! This looks amazing! I love the combination of watermelon and blueberries!


  7. 7
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

    A great summer appetizer or I bet it’s great over grilled salmon! XOXO


  8. 8
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I love a good fruit salsa, esp one with an array of my favorite fruits. I could eat this with a spoon. Or overload cinnamon pita chips with a big scoop. :)


  9. 9
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I just happen to have bought a huge watermelon 2 days ago, wondering what to do with it all – this will help!


  10. 10
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Whether or not you remembered it right, this salsa looks absolutely spectacular and I have, have, have to recreate it at home.

    I wish I had a big bowl in front of me right now.


  11. 11
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Sweet fruity salsas are the best! Can’t wait to give this recipe a try.


  12. 12
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I’ve never had a fruit salsa yet I see them all the time on pinterest… I must give it a try one of these days. Yours looks to die for (as always).


  13. 13
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 10:48 am

    This recipe is genius! YUM!

    xo Kayla


  14. 14
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 11:35 am

    looks like a very healthy salad!!!


  15. 15
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Such a great idea!!


  16. 16
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Delicious! I love the watermelon/blueberry combination!


  17. 17
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Wow.. this is definitely worth remembering, what an unusual combination of flavors. These days, though, I’m better off writing it down, lol!


  18. 18
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Wow, this looks awesome! And love the idea of watermelon and blueberries in there. Never would have thought of that, but it sounds wonderful.


  19. 19
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    How perfectly summery! Looks wonderful


  20. 20
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Hooray for fruit salsa! I think I’d have a hard time not just scooping this up with a spoon. :)


  21. 21
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I think you got it just right! No way it had cantaloupe as I am allergic to cantaloupe so I would have remembered that part for sure. I think this would be great on fish tacos, or on crackers with goat cheese. Thanks for recreating it!


  22. 22
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    This looks phenomenal, so making this soon!


  23. 23
    Posted On August 7, 2012 at 7:11 am

    what a fun salsa recipe! I never would have thought of doing this, but now that I see it, it looks really good :)


  24. 24
    Posted On August 7, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Just by looking at these photos, I may declare this BEST salsa ever! I mean, it has my two favorite summer fruits: blueberries and watermelon!


  25. 25
    Posted On August 7, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Everything here has my tasty buds tingling! Beautiful!


  26. 26
    Posted On August 7, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    What a nice cool and refreshing salsa!


  27. 27
    Posted On August 7, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I can’t make this fast enough! Love the combination!


  28. 28
    Posted On August 8, 2012 at 3:17 am

    I cannot WAIT to try this!


  29. 29
    Posted On August 8, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Yum Yum! (:


  30. 30
    Posted On August 8, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Wow I never thought watermelon could be made into salsa, interesting! Love to try out this one.


  31. 31
    Posted On August 8, 2012 at 10:34 am

    What a great combination!


  32. 32
    Posted On August 10, 2012 at 7:44 am

    How fun! Pinned it, can’t wait to try.


  33. 33
    Posted On August 14, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    great salsa recipe…was not cantaloupe… was yellow watermelon :)


  34. 34
    Posted On August 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    This looks amazing! So clever…can’t wait to try it! : )


  35. 35
    Posted On August 17, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Ooooo — I love fruit in salsas. My favorite is Mango Salsa (or Pico as it gets called here in Houston); your blueberry/watermelon salsa LOOKS amazing. Now I need to find a time to make this — I WANT!


  36. 36
    Posted On August 25, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    That looks delicious. I love watermelon flavors and have never tried it in a salsa!


  37. 37
    Posted On July 5, 2014 at 1:15 am

    just try exchanging the cilantro for mint… watermelon and mint – a marriage made in heaven..


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