Vegan-Friendly Watermelon Poke

Searching for something sweet, salty, and healthy all at the same time? This Vegan-friendly watermelon poke recipe is just for you!

If you've followed me long enough, it comes as no surprise that I am the farthest thing from Vegan. But when one of my Vegan friends wanted to do an Asian-inspired dinner night, I knew I had to drum up something away from my usual fish or steak. 

watermelon poke recipe

Now, I love me some Ahi Poke. And I make it quite often when I'm craving sushi (which is like every day).

Check out my recipe for the real deal Ahi Poke Salad

That's where this Vegan-inspired watermelon poke salad came into play. By using watermelon in place of Ahi tuna, it not only looks like the real thing, but also keeps the fresh, light taste of regular poke as well.

vegan poke salad

I also replaced the usual soy sauce with a healthier option using coconut aminos.

I chose to pair the watermelon with cucumber to keep with the crunchy vibe, instead of the buttery texture using avocado.

Instead of sesame seeds, I went ahead and topped it with hemp hearts, which add in extra healthy fat and fiber. 

watermelon poke salad

The final combo was one for the books. I think I may even prefer this Vegan poke over the real thing (keyword: maybe). 

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vegan-friendly watermelon poke recipe


  • ½ small seedless watermelon
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 8 leaves fresh mint
  • small handful fresh cilantro
  • ½ medium lime
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • dash Himalayan pink salt
  • Hemp Hearts for garnish


Cut watermelon and cucumber into ½ thick cubes. Place in large mixing bowl. Dice mint and cilantro and add to bowl. Squeeze ½ a lime directly into bowl. Add coconut aminos, sesame oil, and sea salt to bowl. Mix thoroughly. Place 1 cup into small serving dish and top with sprinkle of hemp seeds. Place remaining mixture into airtight container and place in fridge. Will last up to a week.

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