Fresh Salsa with Watermelon
Katherine’s Spicy Fresh Salsa with Watermelon www.KatherineTallmadge.comexcerpted from “Diet Simple Farm to Table Recipes: 50 New Reasons to Cook in Season!" ($4.95)
Featuring the best fruit of the season, this recipe contains all the flavors: sweet, savory, spicy, and salty. I usually use vine-ripe tomatoes for my fresh salsa, excerpted from my book, Diet Simple. But watermelon is a surprising and exotically delicious substitute for all the tomatoes, or just half of them - as in this version. Serve this salsa with grilled salmon, chicken or beef... even tortilla chips... whatever you may traditionally use salsa with.
1 lb vine-ripe, fresh tomatoes, coarsely chopped (start with about 1-1/2 lbs) 1 lb chopped watermelon, seeds removed 1 large candy onion, peeled and chopped (about ½ pound) 3 – 4 jalapeno peppers (1 – 2 ounces), to taste ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro ½ tsp salt, or to taste freshly ground pepper, to taste 3 – 4 Tbsp fresh lime juice (1 – 2 limes), optional, or vinegar if you wish for the salsa to last longer in your refrigerator
Add the onion to the tomatoes and watermelon. Finely chop 2 of the jalapeno peppers to start with. Taste. If you desire more heat, add 1 – 2 more jalapenos. Mix in the cilantro. Add the salt and pepper, depending on your taste. Mix in the lime juice, if you wish.