Fresh & Easy Watermelon Pico de Gallo 🍉 This spicy, sweet and refreshing combo of fresh watermelon, cucumber, lime and mango will brighten up any summer patio party, potluck, or picnic. Oil-free & gluten-free.
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I love this recipe. Years ago, when I was introduced to fruit salsa, I wasn’t sure what I thought of it. I remember thinking “What a confused combo of flavors – sweet, sour, hot, spicy, bitter, savory, salty?” But the more I tried it, the more I wanted it. Especially this one.
Some people would call this salsa, but really, it’s more of a chunky pico de gallo, or even a salad. Whatever it’s called, it’s just simply delicious. Bring a bowl of this to an event & I promise, you’ll be invited to the next one!
Get ready to awaken your tastebuds and your senses. It’s time to prepare this zesty and festive watermelon pico de gallo!
What is the difference between pico de gallo and salsa?
We typically think of salsas, or pico de gallo (also know as salsa fresco) as spicy sauces or condiments that are served as toppings for appetizers and entrees. The term “salsa” refers to the word “sauce”. Salsas and pico de gallo are often prepared from similar ingredients. Salsas, however, are thinner and contain more liquid. Pico de gallo is chunkier, and can be made with fruit as well as vegetables and peppers.
How to make watermelon pico de gallo
Use the freshest fruits. It’s easy to select the ripest sweetest watermelon by following these simple rules:
- Pick up several watermelons of equal size. Find the heaviest.
- Look for the yellow spot. Ripe watermelons have a yellow spot where they have sat on the ground, unexposed to sunlight.
- Tap on the watermelon. Ripe watermelons have a hollow sound.
Make this quick & easy recipe your own!
Mango not in season? No problem. Have fun adding your own fresh fruits to this fabulous pico de gallo! Use whatever you have on hand or that is in season like oranges, tangerines, pears, nectarines, peaches. You really can’t go wrong. In a hurry? Not to worry! This recipe takes just a few minutes to prepare.
See the complete recipe below for details
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- Garden Fresh Gazpacho
- Vegan Potato Enchilada Casserole
- Zesty Southwestern Quinoa Salad
very vegan 🌱 very good!
Fresh & Easy Watermelon Pico de Gallo
- 3 C watermelon seeded and cubed in small pieces
- 1 mango peeled and cubed in small pieces
- 1 cucumber seeded and cubed in small pieces
- 1/2 small red onion finely diced
- 1 whole jalapeño pepper seeded and finely minced
- 1 Tbsp fresh basil chopped
- 1/4 C lime juice
- 1 tsp lime zest
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp black pepper freshly ground
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp Tajin or chile lime salt
- In a large mixing bowl, combine watermelon, mango, cucumber, onion, jalapeño, and basil.
- In a separate bowl or measuring cup, whisk together lime juice, lime zest, maple syrup, black pepper, and sea salt.
- Pour over fruit combo and gently toss.
- Cover and refrigerate.
- Serve with fresh tortilla chips.
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