Watermelon Poke Bowls. Have you heard of them before? They are indeed a thing, even though Aaron thought for sure I was trying to pull a fast one on him by adding watermelon to our dinner the other night. “Watermelon…with a sushi kind of bowl? Amanda, that sounds like something you made up so you could have watermelon for dinner.” (HA, he knows my love for watermelon has no bounds!). Watermelon poke has actually existed for a while though, I’m just a little late jumping on the (vegan) poke trend.
If you’re not familiar with poke, let’s first tackle how to pronounce it: “po-kay” (not “po-kee” or “poke”). It’s a Hawaiian dish traditionally made with cubed raw fish that’s either eaten on its own or served over a bowl of sushi rice. For today’s recipe, I’m going with the latter as inspiration, except instead of raw tuna, I’m using watermelon. Weird? Maybe a little, but I promise the texture and flavor combination is surprisingly awesome. Plus, from a distance it almost looks like tuna.
While admittedly this watermelon poke rendition doesn’t taste anything like tuna, the watermelon lends a refreshing, juicy sweetness that pairs really well with the salty soy, sesame, and lime dressing. There are seaweed flakes for a subtle “fishy” flavor, thinly sliced cucumbers, radishes, scallions, lots of creamy avocado, pickled ginger, micro greens, macadamia nuts, and sesame seeds for garnish. Basically, this meal includes all of your favorite poke toppings and it will give you a good excuse to eat watermelon for dinner.
So, just to quickly recap: Watermelon Poke Bowls. Not something I made up (although I wish I had!). Pronounced “po-kay.” Under 30 minutes to make. No oven needed. Super minimal prep. Will totally hit the spot on a hot summer day.
P.S. In the end, Aaron could not stop gushing over this meal.
Watermelon Poke Bowls
Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 15 mins
This vegan poke bowl uses watermelon in place of raw fish, lots of fresh veggies, and macadamia nuts for crunch. Seaweed flakes provide just the right "fishy" flavor.
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