Southwest Salsa Bowl

Watermelon carving is so much fun...especially when you can carve a Southwest Salsa Bowl! Simply follow the instructions and gather the necessary materials and let's get started carving watermelons!

Southwest Salsa Bowl


Fire & Ice Salsa

  • 3 cups seeded and chopped watermelon
  • 1/2 cup green bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon green onions
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeno peppers

Watermelon Bowl

  • 1 round, seedless watermelon
  • Dry erase marker
  • Utility knife or carving knife
  • Ice cream scoop or other large spoon
  • For garnish: chips, jalapenos, cilantro and lime


  1. Fire and Ice Salsa: Combine ingredients; mix well and cover. Refrigerate 1 hour or more.
  2. Watermelon Bowl: Wash the watermelon and pat dry.
  3. Use a dry erase marker to trace the design around the middle of the watermelon.
  4. Use a utility knife to carve the design (copy design in photo).
  5. Split watermelon in half, and use a scoop to carve out flesh.
  6. Choose a flat area of rind on the other watermelon half to trace and carve out the lizard design (copy from image in photo).
  7. Fill bowl with Fire & Ice salsa.
  8. Garnish with lizard and chips, jalapenos, cilantro and lime.

Yield: 3 cups salsa

Recipe and photo used with permission from: National Watermelon Promotion Board

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