Watermelon Black Bean Salsa

Watermelon Black Bean Salsa

How was your 4th ofย  July?!ย  Do anything fun?

Patrick and I went up to Boston to see the “Boston Pops”, aka their firework celebration on the 4th of July.

We had some…interesting events that happened while we were up there haha.

Just to list a few:

We road the T (subway) just about wherever we went. It is convenient and cheap, so why not right?

Well whilst we were on the T, there was an older gentleman (perhaps I shouldn’t call him that, just keep reading) who was having quite a sneezing attack.

Such an attack that the majority of those sitting around him moved down a little in hopes of NOT getting some kind of random disease.

As the T forged on, the older *ahem* gentleman just happens to find an empty bag of chips wrapper on the ground. You know one of those that you get at a vending machine, the baby ones.

He then proceeds to hock a loogie into the bag…over and over and over again.

Now forgive me, but that just ain’t right.

In addition to this truly amazing sighting in Boston…

Patrick and I are getting ourselves set to go and see the fireworks, we grabbed a nice spot on the bridge that overlooks the water and the city of Boston. Perfect spot.

A few minutes after we get comfortable, this is after a girl has accused me of “checking out her man” – just a side note…honey, maybe I was looking at your man because he didn’t have any front teeth, JUST SAYIN‘! – , we are asked to get off the bridge because of lightning.


So, we move down to a piece of land closer to the shore that is rather crowded with people…the fireworks start and we are in just the right spot to be behind a tree so we can’t see them haha.

To make things even more exciting, it started to downpour on us while we watched the fireworks.

Needless to say it was an adventure.

We made the best of it though! We had a good time and we got to eat at a lot of great places. Mostly seafood. If you ever get a chance to try outย  Legal Seafood, definitely do it. Great eats!

Anyways, since we are celebrating our country this week as well as it being summer and warm out, I thought I would share a colorful and healthy salsa that is perfect for the summer time.

Would be great at a 4th of July party! And hey, if you get stuck behind a tree where you can’t see the fireworks, at least you will be able to snack on this! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ingredients for Salsa:

  • 1/4 ripe seedless watermelon
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 3 tablespoons pickled jalapenos, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small shallot
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 3 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flake

No rocket science here, just get all your ingredients ready, toss them together after you have chopped/prepared them. Taste and add seasonings to your liking.

If you don’t like things very spicy, I would decrease the red pepper flake or just not add it all together. Personally I love spicy food so this was just perfect for me.

This recipe is not only great to have as a salsa to eat with chips or veggies but it makes an awesome topper for chicken. Patrick and I had this for dinner with some chicken and a glass of white white and it was divine.

Just perfect for a summer meal!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. This looks so refreshing! I need to try it out – I do a watermelon salad with cilantro, jalapenos, red onion, and cotija cheese… now I know I was missing the beans!

  2. Sounds like your visit to Boston was pretty eventful. If only it had all gone as beautifully as this lovely salad!

  3. Sounds like you had quite the 4th! ๐Ÿ™‚ This salsa sounds amazing and I have almost all of the ingredients!

  4. What a clever recipe!! I would have never thought add blackbeans with watermelon! Have a wonderful weekend!

    PS… sorry you had trouble leaving a comment on my blog earlier. The comments did download. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I never would have either, but it was such a winning combination of flavors. I am really glad that the idea just popped in my head because it was definitely delicious. Have a good weekend Ramona!

  5. This salad sounds fresh and tasty. Don’t you just love watermelon season. I do! I never really thought to add black beans but this does sound like great idea. Gotta try it. Hope you have a lovely weeken.

  6. chefdennis says:

    sounds like you had an eventful 4th, we watched our fireworks a safe distance from the house with both our dogs in the car, since our rescue is deathly afraid of fireworks…what a sweet boy.
    I love the salsa, and have yet to use watermelon in one, your’s certainly looks delicious!

  7. Sounds like an interesting 4th! How dare you be checking out her man?! HA!

    The salsa looks perfectly refreshing for summer!

  8. What an interesting salsa! Looks very refreshing!

  9. This salsa would be great for me to snack on during mid afternoons when i start craving something tasty. Since i am trying to lose some pregnancy weight, i have been avoiding fatty snacks and this salsa is perfect to overcome my cravings ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. I NEVER say no to watermelon… this salsa is super creative! Love it! P.S. good luck with the renovations! ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. gwynnem says:

    I’d never think to combine these ingredients, but your photos are so beautiful I’m going to give this one a try!

  12. I love this salad. I must give it a try, my husband would surely love it. Thanks for the idea.