Roasted Salmon with Watermelon Salsa Recipe

This summery and bright roasted salmon with watermelon salsa will be your new favorite easy dinner. Healthy, fresh, and fast – it’s ready in 15 minutes!
Thank you to The Watermelon Board for sponsoring this post.

salmon with watermelon salsa

I love salmon. If it’s on the menu at a restaurant, I order it 90% of the time. For awhile, this was because I wasn’t super confident in my abilities to cook salmon at home, but my Pesto Baked Salmon (<—recipe) solved that problem (as has Blue Apron). So now I just order it because it’s delicious. And you know what makes salmon even more delicious? A bright, fresh, and flavorful watermelon salsa topping.

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As far as I’m concerned, it’s not summer until I have watermelon dripping down my chin. Anyone else? July is National Watermelon Month, so I must not be alone. :)

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If you’re looking for a really easy and fast weeknight meal that’s also healthy and delicious, I hope you’ll give this a shot! The watermelon salsa will work with any kind of fish or other protein (chicken, tofu, etc.), too, if you’re not a salmon fan. Feel free to get creative – it would also make a great burger topping!

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Here’s everything you need to throw this together:

watermelon salmon ingredients

Simply rub the spices on the salmon, add some lime juice on top, and oven roast (or grill!) for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it flakes easily with a fork. While the salmon cooks, chop the cucumber, watermelon, onion, mint, and cilantro, and throw together in a bowl with more lime juice. That’s it – you’re done!

salmon with watermelon salsa step by step recipe

Serve with the carb of your choice – I recommend quinoa, rice, or roasted potatoes!

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Tip: make extra so you have leftovers – I’ve been enjoying the leftover quinoa and salmon atop arugula with the watermelon salsa as my salad dressing! Delicious. :)

Here’s the full recipe. Enjoy!

Roasted Salmon with Watermelon Salsa Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes Prep Time
Cook Time 15 minutes Cook Time
Total Time 25 mins Total Time


(Serves 4)

  • 1 lb salmon, cut into 4 filets
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 limes
  • 2 cups finely diced watermelon
  • 1 cup finely diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the salmon filets on a foil-lined baking sheet, rub evenly with the coriander and chili powder, then juice one of the limes over the filets and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Roast the salmon for 10-15 minutes, depending on thickness, until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
  4. For the salsa: combine the juice of remaining lime, watermelon, cucumber, red onion, mint, and cilantro in a medium bowl. Stir to combine and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. To serve, top the roasted salmon generously with watermelon salsa and serve atop a bed of your favorite carb (quinoa, brown rice, potatoes, etc.)!


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Love watermelon? Here are some other fun recipes to try courtesy of my friends at The Watermelon Board:


  1. 1

    Yum! Love the buttery salmon with the refreshing bite of watermelon!

  2. 2

    This just screams summer! I just pinned it to make for dinner one of these nights!

  3. 4

    I am absolutely adding this to my meal plan for next week, thanks for the delish idea!!

  4. 6

    Watermelon salsa, awesome. Especially in the heat of summer. Great recipe.

  5. 7

    YUM x10! Thanks for this!

  6. 8

    Yum! i love fruity salsas in the summer! Cant wait to try this out!

  7. 9

    This sounds so refreshing! I’ve been all over recipes with watermelon in them and this is right up my alley!


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