Holy cannoli... watermelon blueberry salsa?!? Is that even a thing?? Yes, my friends. Watermelon Blueberry Salsa is a thing... and a refreshingly DELICIOUS thing too!
I've never ventured this far off the salsa path before, but I've been wanting to try watermelon in salsa for a while now, and we have so many wild blueberries this year... and just yesterday I finally found my heart-shaped cutters... so it had to happen.
I admit, I was a total skeptic... I mean who eats blueberries with jalapeno and purple basil. If I had made a bet I'd be eating my hat right now instead of this delicious dish. You'll have to make it and taste for yourself. Watermelon and cucumbers are especially hydrating, and you'll get a great boost of antioxidants from the blueberries and herbs, esp. if you use purple basil. Research has show cilantro, also called Chinese parsley, has been found to be effective at chelating heavy metals, particularly lead and mercury, so they can be eliminated through urination (1, 2, 3). Good to know... now onto making salsa!
Cut watermelon does not keep well, especially when cut into such small pieces, so you'll want to eat this the day it is made. If you whisk some olive oil into the citrus juice, this can just as easily be a salad!
For about 4 cups, use: PRINT HERE
1 small seedless watermelon
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (I used wild)
1 long English cucumber
1 large jalapeno pepper (green)
1 small bunch of cilantro
4 sprigs mint or 2 Tbsp chopped (I use spearmint)
4 sprigs purple basil or 2 Tbsp chopped (lemon basil would work well too)
1 small bunch chives or 3 Tbsp chopped
1 small purple onion, diced small
2 limes, zest and juice
1/2 cup orange or pineapple juice
smoked sea salt
1. Wash, dry and slice cucumber on a bias to create long diagonal discs. If you have a small shaped cutter, you can use one to make beautiful shapes. I used a scalloped heart, or cut into any shape you like (small dice, short strips, etc.)
2. Now peel the watermelon by making a cube (I set all the pink flesh left on the peels aside for snacking on... NO waste! Once you have a cube, cut 1/4 inch slabs. Using your decorative cutter, cut as many shapes as you can (eat the scraps!) or cut into any shapes you like, i.e. small dice, diamonds, rectangles, etc.).
3. Finely dice the jalapeno (remove seeds and membranes for less heat). Zest and juice the limes. Combine the citrus juices and set aside. Combine all the herbs and lime zest. In a beautiful bowl, layer the fruit with the chopped herbs and vegetables. Pour the citrus juice over all. Cover and chill 1-2 hours until ready to serve.
1. Aga M, Iwaki K, Ueda Y, et al. Preventive effect of Coriandrum sativum (Chinese parsley) on localized lead deposition in ICR mice. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 2001;77(2-3):203-208. doi:10.1016/s0378-8741(01)00299-9.
2. Omura Y, Beckman SL. Role of Mercury(Hg) in Resistant Infections & Effective Treatment of Chlamydia Trachomatis and Herpes Family Viral Infections (and Potential Treatment for Cancer) by Removing Localized Hg Deposits with Chinese Parsley and Delivering Effective Antibiotics Using Various Drug Uptake Enhancement Methods. Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Research. 1995;20(3):195-229. doi:10.3727/036012995816357014.
3. Omura Y, Shimotsuura Y, Fukuoka A, Fukuoka H, Nomoto T. Significant Mercury Deposits in Internal Organs Following the Removal of Dental Amalgam, & Development of Pre-Cancer on the Gingiva and the Sides of the Tongue and Their Represented Organs as a Result of Inadvertent Exposure to Strong Curing Light (Used to Solidify Synthetic Dental Filling Material) & Effective Treatment: A Clinical Case Report, along with Organ Representation Areas for Each Tooth. Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Research. 1996;21(2):133-160. doi:10.3727/036012996816356915.
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