For summer gatherings I always enjoy lighter fare.  Foods that are delicious, high in flavor, and refreshing.

On the Fourth of July, we were invited to enjoy a meal with some friends.

It’s always good to hang out with good friends and catch up on all the latest.  When one of those friends is a great cook, it makes that gathering even more special.

I love walking into a home where we’re expected for dinner and seeing a few beautifully presented appetizers and beverages.  It makes me feel wanted and anticipated.  Some people are so good at that.  Me?  I need to improve in the appetizer department.  But, I really appreciate it when others treat me to such delights.

Watermelon Salsa Recipe ::


This time, we were greeted with Raspberry Tea, Lemonade, and Watermelon Salsa with Tortilla Chips.  And for those who have a sweet tooth….you don’t know any of those types, do you?  There were the cutest watermelon cookies.  But, I’ll wait to share those with you later.

My friend saw this recipe for Watermelon Salsa, prepared by Rachel Ray, and decided to give it a whirl.  I’m so glad she did.

Spoiler alert!  This salsa contains the “C” herb.  Now I confess that I am not a huge fan of Cilantro.  It seems that this herb divides people into two camps.  The Love Camp or Hate Camp.

Mint is the additional herb in this yummy salsa recipe.  I think it mellows out cilantro’s bite.  I confess to having a few more pre-dinner bites than I really should have.  It was light, refreshing, and full of flavor.


Recipe for Watermelon Salsa & Tortilla Chips ::

I enjoyed it so much that not only did I take photos of this delightful appetizer, I got the recipe to share with you too.   Because I’m nice like that.  My friend tolerates my need to share goodness like this on the blog and printed out the recipe for me to share with you….because she’s nice like that, too.  Yeah, I’m blessed.  Good thing I brought my camera with me.  {wink}

Finally!! Here’s the recipe…


Watermelon Salsa from Rachel Ray


3 cups watermelon, cut into small dice

1 cucumber, seeded and cut into small dice

2 jalapenos, minced

1 small red onion, cut into small dice

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

1/4 cup mint, chopped

Zest and juice of 2 limes

Salt and pepper

Yields: 1 bowl


Combine watermelon, cucumber, jalapenos, red onion, cilantro, mint, lime zest and juice in a serving dish.  Season with salt just before you serve to keep the watermelon from extracting its juice.

Serve with tortilla chips or over steak, chicken, or fish.  Yum!


French Chef wishes us a Happy 4th ::


Maybe the French chef’s sign at my friend’s house should read… Bon Appetit!  

Then again, this is a long 4th of July weekend.  [wink]

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  1. Glenda Kremer says

    I’m thinking this may be going to small group Bible Study dinner tomorrow night! wonder if I should double it????
    Glenda Kremer

    • Diane says

      It doesn’t make a large bowl but it is plenty for six-eight people, Glenda.
      Let me know if you make it!!

      Hugs & Blessings!!

  2. Mel says

    Ohhhh…..I love salsa with a good corn tortilla! It’s actually one of those things that I *can* have that I really like! Nope, never heard of it made this way. But boy–I’m thinking I need to locate the mint so I can give it a go. And you’re right–ya either love cilantro, or ya notsomuch love it. Just a touch is what I go for–cuz I’m just not that huge of a fan. However, mixed with the mint, it might just do it!
    The photos alone made me want to have a go of it.
    Enjoy your holiday weekend, ma’am. Bit of a long one–but who doesn’t love a long weekend! 😉

    • Diane says

      Maybe it’s time to grow mint in the garden. With a huge barrier around it! Haha! I had some that went wild over the winter and in my Michigan sandy soil and it took over. I had to dig out all the plants in that area and work the mint out of them. I love mint…but from now on it will be heavily guarded. LOL!
      And if you make the recipe and aren’t a cilantro fan…I would use a lot less. I might even try it without to see if it’s necessary. Yay! that you can enjoy corn tortillas. Have you ever purchased the “Garden of Eatin” organic corn chips? They are way way better than the typical store brands. They aren’t in my budget right now…because they do cost considerably more…but oh my!…they are sooo much better…it’s worth the extra $’s.
      The sun is shining at the moment! Yay! Hope it’s sunny at your house too! Blessings!

  3. Linda says

    This sounds absolutely delightful and so refreshing for hot summer days. Thanks for sharing! Linda @

    • Diane says

      It is, Linda! Hope you try it!
      Thank you for popping over and leaving your kind words.
      Hope your week is extraordinary!

  4. Tammy says

    This looks so good! I have everything in my garden except the watermelon…going to go get one this sounds so good! Thank you for sharing at Share it One More Time at One More Time Events.

    • Diane says

      Please be sure to tell me if you enjoy it too!
      Thanks Tammy!!! 🙂

  5. Jeni says

    This looks so yummy! I don’t think I have ever had watermelon salsa!

    • Diane says

      Hi Jeni!
      This was my first time time and boy was it yummy!!
      Hope your week is extraordinary!

  6. Mel says

    Now this is something very different, but it sounds amazing, I have to try it 🙂 Thanks for sharing

    • Diane says

      I thought the very same thing….and it was fabulously perfect and refreshing!
      Thanks for popping by Mel!
      Hope your week is extraordinary!

  7. Oh this just has my mouth watering and me drooling. Amazing. Thanks for the recipe. Thanks also for joiing Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    • Diane says

      It really is so delicious! Hope you get a chance to make it!
      Thanks Marty!!! 🙂

  8. Dani says

    Mmmm, this does sound refreshing! But with a little kick to it 😉 Love!

    • Diane says

      Oh yes…there is a kick! 🙂
      Thanks for popping by Dani! Hope your week is over to an Extraordinary start!

  9. I think I would love to have this salsa with my salmon! Looks delicious Diane! Thank you so much for sharing. I’m pining it onto my Good Eats board! Thank You for sharing!
    I came over Our Home Away from Home party!
    Have a great week,

    • Diane says

      Ooooo….that does sound good!
      Thanks Lizy! Best wishes for An Extraordinary Day!

  10. Never heard of watermelon salsa before but I love watermelon so it couldn’t go wrong in this house! 🙂

    • Diane says

      Then I hope you try it Debra!! I really enjoyed it. 🙂

  11. Thank you so much for linking up with Seasons of Homemakers! Please come back next week and tell your friends all about it!

  12. Sandi says

    I love salsa and this recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.


    • Diane says

      It’s my pleasure, Sandi and thank you for always being the gracious hostess. I hope you try it! 🙂

  13. Wanda says

    What a great recipe! The salsa looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing with us.

    • Diane says

      It’s deeeeelish, Wanda!!
      I do hope you try it if you enjoy salsa!!

  14. This sounds like a yummy summer salsa! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

    • Diane says

      It is! It is!
      I do hope you get a chance to whip up some for your family, Danielle. After you’ve gotten on back to normal after your amazing trip!


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