Sunday, May 15, 2011

Watermelon Salsa

Here it is! My first recipe since vacation and also the first Southern recipe I've attempted from Martha Foose's cookbook, Screen Doors and Sweet Tea. I cannot stop flipping through this cookbook! There are post its marked on every other page! This is definitely a cookbook to add to your collection!

When I first saw her recipe for Watermelon Salsa, I knew I would be most definitely trying it! It is so very simple to throw together and perfect to bring to a summer cookout! It is so refreshing, and I love the sweetness of the melons paired with the little kicks of the diced jalapeno. I served mine with blue tortilla chips. The bright colors of the salsa and the dark blue chips draw your eyes right over to it! Martha suggests in book, to use the salsa for more than just a snack or appetizer, and to serve it over catfish, or with rice and black beans, or with a side of guacamole. I took her advice and served it over grilled lemon pepper chicken with black beans and rice for dinner one night. It was so good!

Watermelon Salsa
recipe by Martha Hall Foose for Screen Doors and Sweet Tea
Photo by Sabrina W. for eat.drink.and be merry.
Serves 8 to 10
4 cups diced, seeded watermelon cubes
1 cup diced cantaloupe cubes
2 green onions, white and green parts, thinly sliced on the diagonal
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon raw sugar
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped basil
grated zest and juice of 1 lime

In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, cantaloupe, onions, jalapeno, salt, sugar, chile powder, cilantro, basil, and lime zest and juice. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.



Duxa said...

Hi dear, what a wonderful recipe,
i love this....;)

Tiffany said...

Sweet and spicy! This sounds great!

Our Eyes Eat First said...

how refreshing and perfect for a spring picnik - have this one as a fave! said...

So fresh and delicious! This is a perfect accompaniment for so many dishes!

Pam said...

Sweet & spicy! It looks and sounds fantastic.

Kate said...

So glad that you had a great trip and love the south! As a native Virginian, I couldn't agree wtih you more. I can't wait to see what else your new cookbook brings..this watermelon salsa looks so fresh and divine!

Muriel Miller said...

Oh this looks so good and refreshing. My little girl would love this stuff! She loves salsa and loves watermelon so I really couldn't go wrong with this. Thanks for sharing!

Lindselicious said...

Oooh I love the combination of fruit, spice and basil! Its a perfect summertime recipe!

briarrose said...

Love it! What an interesting salsa with both the sweet and the spicy.

The Mom Chef said...

Even without the blue tortilla chips my eyes were drawn right to that bowl! I love the flavors in here and think it would be a perfect condiment for grilled fish. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the tip on the cookbook. I'll check it out.


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