A Sunrise Recipe: Watermelon Salsa

Sunrise Senior Living  |  March 9, 2016

Frequently featured during summer afternoon socials, our chef at Sunrise of Clayton, MO, created this appetizer by combining watermelon, a classic summer fruit, with some tomatoes and peppers found in the community garden. The result is this refreshing, seasonal dish that is a favorite among our residents.

Watermelons are about 92 percent water, but also chalk full of nutrients. Each serving has significant levels of vitamins A, B6, and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants, amino acids and potassium. Specifically, the lycopene in watermelon is important for cardiovascular health and promotes bone health. The potassium helps retain calcium in your body, resulting in stronger bones and joints.

Watermelon Salsa
Serves 8 - 10

  • 6 cups small diced seedless watermelon
  • 2 tomatoes, small diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded / small diced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded / minced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • Black pepper to taste
  1. Gently combine all the ingredients.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving to let the flavors marinate.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips.