Corn and Watermelon Salsa

Posted on by on June 27th, 2012 | 39 Comments »

If he touched another piece I would have cut off his hand. I was on corn cob number 2 and there were still 3 more fresh off the grill, sitting on a platter charred and ready for me to devour. My husband kept quiet with a smile on his face watching me slather the corn with butter and salt. Cob after cob I ate until there were none left. A slight wave of embarrassment came over me as I picked up my head after looking at the bare cobs scattered in disarray on the table. It was as if I had blacked out and became some sort of corn monster. I wiped my chin and my husband and I started laughing at what had just occurred.

I don’t normally eat like this, even in the 5 months I have been pregnant. Don’t get me wrong, I love corn but I have never consumed as much as I did this night. It was the first meal where the cravings of pregnancy took over and I ate like you would expect a hungry pregnant woman would.

Watermelon is another weakness during my pregnancy. I like to think that going through a whole watermelon in a week is totally normal, even though in the back of my mind I know that there is something slightly wrong with consuming so much of that pink juicy sweet fruit. Just writing about it makes my mouth water and if not for the small bit of self control I’m utilizing right now, I would be  in the fridge diving into watermelon heaven.

This recipe is inspired by 2 ingredients that have satisfied me tremendously since they came into season. Yes, corn and watermelon. I’m not sure if it seems like a strange combination or not since my pregnant tastebuds may be on the fritz, however, they work amazingly together.

This tomato-less salsa has a base of grilled corn and watermelon with a dressing inspired by Trader Joe’s tomato-less corn salsa. After discovering TJ’s corn salsa years ago, I have fallen in love with it and have been trying to replicate the sweet and spicy sauce it’s covered in, especially since moving to Israel where Trader Joe’s is just a memory.

Though not as syrupy as Trader Joe’s, I think this comes pretty close to the sweet and spicy taste they have going on. I combined apple cider vinegar, agave syrup, mustard seeds and turmeric. After letting simmer on the stove for a few minutes, the mixture cooled and was poured over corn, watermelon, chili pepper and spring onion. The result is the perfect summer salsa and is a recipe I will be making again and again.

Sweet, spicy and filled with summer favorites like corn and watermelon, this is the perfect salsa to serve alongside chips, topped on guacamole and mixed in tacos or burritos. It’s so good it may even replace your typical salsa. Plus, just think, if some spills off your chip you don’t risk having a big red stain on your shirt from chunks of tomatoes.

Corn and Watermelon Salsa
Recipe Type: Side
Author: Beth Michelle
Sweet, spicy and filled with summer favorites like corn and watermelon, this is the perfect salsa to serve alongside chips, topped on guacamole and mixed in tacos or burritos
  • 3 cups watermelon, diced
  • 3 ears of corn, grilled and kernels removed
  • 1 chili pepper, minced
  • 1 small spring onion, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a mixing bowl toss corn, watermelon, chili pepper and spring onion, set aside.
  2. In a small sauce pan combine cider vinger, agave syrup, lime juice, mustard seeds and turmeric.
  3. Cook vinegar mixture over medium heat for 7-10 minutes.
  4. Remove sauce pan from heat and allow mixture to cool completely and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Once mixture is cooled, pour over the corn and watermelon mixture and toss to coat.
  6. Let salsa chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

You can use frozen or canned corn to speed up time or if you have no grilled corn left over from a previous use.


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  1. Posted on: 6-27-2012

    Yum, I have made watermelon salsa before, but never thought about adding corn, next time, thanks to you, I will!! I love the corn story, I can just picture it 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-29-2012

      Its an unusual combination but it works so well together! Especially if you love corn and watermelon.

  2. Posted on: 6-27-2012

    This looks great! I have to make good use of watermelon while it’s here!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-29-2012

      Thanks Riley! This is the perfect use of watermelon!

  3. Posted on: 6-27-2012

    Oooh, I love corn salsa and your version with watermelon looks delish! SO unique, but yummy…I could eat a whole bag of chips with a big bowl of this 🙂 LOL at your pregnancy cravings…mine weren’t nearly as healthy!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-29-2012

      Hahah I guess it could be worse then craving watermelon and corn! At least its not cake and ice cream. You could easily go through an entire bag of chips with this salsa. And, when all the chips are used up a fork does just fine 🙂

  4. Posted on: 6-28-2012

    Wow! Corn salsa with watermelon sound so fresh and summery!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-29-2012

      This salsa is definitely fresh and summery. Really the perfect side to any BBQ.

  5. Posted on: 6-28-2012

    Haha!!! I love corn on the cob too. I could make a dinner out of it and be really happy.

    And watermelon is not a bad weakness to have! This salsa looks so fresh and tasty!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-29-2012

      I think I did make an entire meal out of it!!! I dont know what came over me but it was SO good!

  6. Posted on: 6-28-2012

    What a refreshing and colourful idea! Love this for summer…your photos are so beautiful and full of light.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-29-2012

      Thanks Kelly. I also love the colors of this salad. So bight and summery.

  7. Posted on: 6-28-2012

    Hahaha corn monster! Love fyour story! This salsa – brilliant! Especially that the corn is grilled first. Yum!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-29-2012

      Thanks Anna! Corn monster doesn’t even begin to describe it lol

  8. Posted on: 6-28-2012

    Hmmm! What a great idea to use watermelon in the salsa! I’ve never encounter this anywhere before. Very summery dish and kids will love this special salsa!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-30-2012

      Thanks Nami! This is great for kids but if your kids don’t like spicy I would say to cut down on the chili pepper!

  9. Posted on: 6-28-2012

    Haha you corn hog you 😉
    I bet your baby will either love or hate corn 😛
    This salad side looks beautiful my friend! Perfect to fulfil all cravings (even us non pregnant folk!)

    Choc Chip Uru

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-30-2012

      Hahah I am a corn hog! It hasn’t happened since. Im thinking baby will be a corn lover.

  10. Posted on: 6-28-2012

    Simple and lovely combo though I have never made anything like this before. I used to crave for watermelon during my pregnancy too and it was almost everyday.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-30-2012

      Watermelon is the best pregnancy and non pregnancy snack! I just can’t get enough of it lately. Luckily its in season!

  11. Posted on: 6-28-2012

    YUM, this looks fantastic! I have seen so many great fresh fruit salsa lately. This is definitely a winner!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-30-2012

      Thanks!! I have been seeing a lot of fruit salsa lately too and this one is simply amazing!

  12. Posted on: 6-28-2012

    Hahah! I love corn on the cob too! Great idea to pair it with watermelon.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-30-2012

      Thanks! It seems like corn and watermelon wouldn’t go well together but they totally do!

  13. Posted on: 6-29-2012

    I can imagine the sweet corn would pair well with the watermelon. Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-30-2012

      Thank you! Its always such a nice surprise making the top 9!

  14. Posted on: 6-29-2012

    Oh yes please! Two of my favorite summer foods in one dish! YUM! and Congrats on top 9!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-30-2012

      Thanks Tiffany! If you love these two ingredients. You must try this! SO good.

  15. Posted on: 6-29-2012

    Congratulations on making the foodbuzz top 9 today!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-30-2012

      Thank you CJ!! Its so nice that people enjoy my recipes enough to buzz them to the top 9!!

  16. Posted on: 6-29-2012

    This is so interesting! I love the combination and never would have put them together in my mind, but it sunds delicious! Well done!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-30-2012

      Thanks Missy. Leave it to a pregnant mind to put together two ingredients like this. Luckily it works well for people who aren’t pregnant too 🙂

  17. Posted on: 6-29-2012

    Beth this looks fantastic and eating a whole watermelon is perfectly fine. Shhh, I do that too and I’m not even pregnant. So nice and summery I may have to make this for the 4th. Congrats on the Top 9! Have a lovely weekend.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-30-2012

      Thanks Suzi! It’s fine eating a whole watermelon, even if you aren’t pregnant. I can think of so many other things that would be worse! A least it’s not a whole cake!!!

  18. Posted on: 7-1-2012

    The sad thing is, I could eat like that any day, and I’m not pregnant! I really love this salsa. I’ve never thought of pairing corn and watermelon, but it sounds perfect since they’re both sweet. Colorful and delicious!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 7-1-2012

      Hahah I think I could eat watermelon that much not pregnant too!

  19. Posted on: 7-1-2012

    haha the least he can do is give up his ear (or 5) of corn 🙂 but seriously this sounds amazing!

  20. Posted on: 7-3-2012

    Geez! A watermelon lasts you a whole week? I can down one of those suckers in two days flat! It has been a huge HUGE craving in both of my pregnancies. It is actually super healthy, so don’t feel bad at all about it. It keeps my sweet tooth away from the cookie jar, so I think its all good. This salsa look truly amazing! What a great combination of flavors, I can’t wait to try it!
    And…we found out we are having a girl too!! Due November 18th. I am so glad my other daughter is going to have a sister, it is so cool. Well, girls in general are just pretty darn cool! 🙂

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