Sweet watermelon, spicy serrano pepper, cool cucumber, fragrant cilantro and red onion make a summer watermelon salsa that is bursting with flavor.
There are a zillion recipes for watermelon salsa on the internet so please try every variation. I wanted more crunch so I added crisp cucumber and of course I love a punch of citrus from lime.
I served my salsa with grilled salmon and zucchini in a lemon basil marinade. You could serve yours with grilled shrimp kabobs, margarita marinade chicken or fish, or topping green leafy veggies like kale or arugula with a few crumbles of cojita or feta, for a vegetarian Mexican salad. I could eat this salsa on tortilla chips, fish tacos or with a spoon.
[lt_recipe name=”Sweet Spicy Watermelon Salsa ” prep_time=”10 MINUTES ” total_time=”10 MINUTES ” difficulty=”Easy ” summary=”Quick and easy sweet, spicy watermelon salsa.” print=”yes” image=”http://mybajakitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/image-50-225×300.jpeg” ingredients=”2 cups diced watermelon;1 cup diced cucumber, about 1/2 cucumber ;1/2 cup chopped red onion;1/2 to 1 serrano chili pepper;1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, about 1/2 a bunch;1 large lime juiced or 2 key limes;Dash of salt” ]The watermelon, cucumber and onion should have a uniform 1/2 inch dice. The serrano should be finely chopped. Remove the seeds if you want less heat. Combine all ingredients. Add a dash of salt and adjust as needed. You can make this ahead of time and store covered in the refrigerator up to two days. [/lt_recipe]
Watermelon is so easy to love by itself but mix it with herbs like basil or lovage, spicy greens like arugula or endive and salty cheese then magic happens. I’ve made this salad many times with arugula but I think I love the basil even more. Make this watermelon basil feta salad as a side dish or as a main meal salad.
I grow basil, arugula, lovage, parsley, lavender, Swiss chard and arugula on my deck in pots, all winter long in Mexico. Some greens and fresh herbs are available at the organic markets. I buy seeds and plant the herbs that I frequently use. I have seen herb plants at the farmers markets in the spring.
Arugula is easy to grow and difficult to find so grow your own.
Let local farmers know that you need fresh arugula and basil. Join a CSA, community supported agriculture, in your community or get together with your farmers and create one.
Stay tuned to My Baja Newsletter Fall edition for an update on the Loreto, BCS, CSA.
[lt_recipe name=”Watermelon Basil Feta Salad” servings=”6″ prep_time=”10M ” total_time=”10M” difficulty=”Easy ” summary=”Simple 4 ingredient watermelon, basil and feta salad. Toss with balsamic glaze for a quick, protein packed salad. Travels well when chilled. ” print=”yes” image=”http://mybajakitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/image-1-225×300.jpeg” ingredients=”Watermelon, 6-8 cups cubed;Fresh basil, 1 cup sliced;Feta or quéso fresco, 1 cup crumbled;Drizzle of balsamic vinegar glaze, or reduced balsamic vinegar. May substitute orange marmalade thinned with apple cider or rice vinegar.” ]Cube watermelon and slice basil. Mix with feta and toss. Drizzle salad with glaze before serving. Keep chilled under ready to serve. Best eaten immediately. [/lt_recipe]