Recipe Box, Watermelon Salsa with Jerk Chicken 2 Ways

We had a cooking frenzy over the weekend, HHjr planned the recipes and we all shared the cooking.  The Watermelon Salsa was such a great pairing with grilled Jerk Chicken, and even better the next day when we turned the leftovers into Jerk Chicken Nachos with Watermelon Salsa~

chicken nachos

People are always asking me, “how do you have time to do all that cooking when you’re at the beach?”


Answer: I have a lot of help and I’m a planner…


We rarely go out to eat at night in the summer because the restaurants are so crowded


Besides, it’s much more fun to grill and chill~


We also keep things pretty simple, grilled meat or fish, roasted vegetables, and salads~


You can grill the chicken any way you like, I’m just including this Jerk Marinade in case you want to try it.  This salsa would rock with anything grilled ~


My assistant, cough, made up the marinade so I have no photos ^^’ but it looked like a thick green sauce.  He marinated the chicken for 24 hours before he grilled it.

watermelon and mint salsa

I did make the watermelon salsa, in under 10 minutes, and no sweat on my brow!

Actually, I think I’m his assistant…

watermelon salsa 1

We had lots of chicken and salsa leftover so the next day DD said, “How about chicken nachos for lunch?”

chicken nachos


nachos with watermelon salsa

A perfect summer lunch, dinner or nosh!  

Make the nachos with tortilla chips, chicken, cheese, lettuce any of your favorite nacho ingredients, and top them with Watermelon Salsa~

Watermelon Salsa

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill 1 hour
Course Appetizer, condiment
Cuisine American


  • 3 cups diced seedless watermelon
  • 1 seedless cucumber diced
  • 1/4 sweet onion diced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped mint leaves
  • 3 T lime juice
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • salt


  • Combine lime juice and brown sugar.
  • Put melon, cucumber, onion and mint leaves in a bowl.
  • Pour lime juice over all and toss gently. Season with salt to taste.
  • Prepare 1 hour before serving to let flavors marry.
  • Serve with a slotted spoon as salsa will be watery.
Keyword watermelon, watermelon salsa

Jerk Marinade for Chicken

Prep Time 15 minutes
Marinate 1 day
Course condiment
Cuisine American, Caribbean
Servings 8


  • 4 T oil olive, vegetable or canola
  • 8 green onions coarsely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and chopped
  • 3 T soy sauce
  • 3 T fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 T ground allspice
  • 1 1/2 T Dijon mustard
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 T fresh thyme
  • 4 large boneless chicken breasts


  • Use an immersion blender or a regular blender to combine all the marinade ingredient into a fine paste.
  • Put chicken in a large ziplock bag with marinade and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days.
  • Grill chicken and slice.
  • Serve slices with watermelon salsa
Keyword chicken marinade, Jerk chicken, jerk marinade
watermelon salsa

Happy Summer Dining to you!


I will be sharing with:

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10 Responses to “Recipe Box, Watermelon Salsa with Jerk Chicken 2 Ways”
  1. This is a perfect meal for summer…and I just bought a watermelon yesterday…yippee.

  2. ms lemon tart says:

    Watermelon, one of my favorite. I usually have it for dessert, but I am going to give your recipes a try.


  3. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Sounds really good Jenna, I love the nacho idea:@)

  4. laurie says:

    Jenna, this sounds so good. I would never have thought to use the watermelon salsa on nachos the next day. They look delicious. I love your “watermelon” bowl too. Thanks for sharing these recipes. laurie

  5. Mary says:

    Jenna, I can just imagine how good that watermelon salsa is, I need to try and the nacho idea sounds easy and wonderful! I haven’t bought a watermelon yet this year for fear they were flavorless 🙂

  6. Kim says:

    I’m salivating! (And printing recipes.) 🙂

  7. Thanks for including my Watermelon Salsa in your awesome summer recipe round-up!

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