Hey Everyone! I hope that you are all having a great week!
As many of you know, Hawaii is one of my favorite places! There is an energy in Hawaii that is unlike anywhere else I have been and there are so many things that are unique about spending time there; one of those things is poke. Traditionally a poke bowl is made up of marinaded sushi grade fish, fresh veggies and seaweed but there are so many different variations! Watermelon has become a popular substitute for fish among those that eat a plant based diet and it marinades so well that while it is not quite the same, it is so similar and tastes amazing! Keep reading for recipe.
Watermelon Poke Bowls:
Prep Time: 15 minutes/ Time to Marinade: 30 minutes/ Total Time: 45 minutes
Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Plant Based/ Vegan/ Dinner
*1 Tbsp of Gluten Free Soy Sauce or Coconut Aminos
*2 Cloves of Garlic (Minced)
*Juice of 1/2 a Lime
*2 tsp of Rice Vinegar
*1 Tbsp of Agave
*1 tsp of Sesame Oil
*1/2 tsp of Chili Flakes (Optional)
*1/2 a Mini Watermelon (Diced into Bite Sized Cubes)
*1/2 of a Sweet Onion (Diced)
*Red Cabbage (Thinly Sliced)
*Yellow Bell Pepper (Diced)
*Green Onion (Chopped)
*Seaweed (For Garnish)
*Sesame Seeds (For Garnish)
*Macadamia Nuts (For Garnish)
*Pickled Ginger (For Garnish)
**(I have not added measurements for the veggies because it is up to you how much you want to add to your bowls)
*Start by cutting up your watermelon into bite sized pieces. Place the watermelon into a Ziploc bag. Dice the sweet onion finely and place in Ziploc bag as well.
*Into a bowl add the coconut aminos, minced garlic, lime juice, rice vinegar, agave, sesame oil and chili flakes. Whisk together. Add the marinade to the Ziploc bag. Close the bag and shake to coat the watermelon and onions. Set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to let the sauce soak into the watermelon.
*While the watermelon is marinading, cut up the cucumber, mango, red cabbage, bell pepper, and green onion. Julienne the carrot and remove the water chestnuts from the tin.
*Once the watermelon has been marinaded, place into a serving bowl. Add the mango and veggies to the bowl. To garnish add the seaweed, macadamia nuts, pickled ginger and sesame seeds. Mix to combine. Serve immediately.
I hope that you have enjoyed this recipe! The fun part of making a poke bowl is getting creative with whatever ingredients you want to add to it. I added what I felt like but there are plenty of other fruits and veggies that would also be awesome in this bowl like pineapple or avocado. This is an awesome recipe for the upcoming warmer months (hopefully that is sooner rather than later!!) and is so fun to make especially if you are short on time and need something quick to whip together!
I am curious to see how you create your poke bowl, tag me on my instagram as I would love to see what you come up with!