Spicy Vegetarian Watermelon Poke Bowls


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Spicy Vegetarian Watermelon Poke Bowls

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Made the switch to vegetarian and missing flavorful poke bowls? No worries! Replace the fish with roasted watermelon in this easy recipe. 

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Serves 4
3 tbsp. Hy-Vee toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp. unseasoned rice vinegar, divided
2 tsp. Hy-Vee less sodium soy sauce
4 c. watermelon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 c. shredded carrots
2 c. Hy-Vee instant long grain white rice, cooked and chilled
1 c. frozen edamame, steamed and cooled
1 c. Hy-Vee Short Cuts pineapple
Culinary Tours bang bang sauce, for serving
Sesame seeds, for garnish

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  • Medium bowl
  • Whisk
  • Large rimmed baking pan
  • Parchment paper
  • 4 serving bowls


  1. Whisk together sesame oil, rice vinegar, and soy sauce in a medium bowl. Add watermelon; toss to coat. Marinate at room temperature 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking pan with parchment paper; set aside. Place watermelon in a single layer in baking pan; reserve marinade in bowl.

  3. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until slightly golden, turning occasionally. Transfer to a bowl; refrigerate 2 hours or overnight. Add carrots to reserved marinade in bowl and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.

  4. To serve, divide rice among 4 serving bowls. Arrange baked watermelon, carrots, edamame, and pineapple on top of rice. Drizzle with bang bang sauce and garnish with sesame seeds, if desired.

Recipe Source:

Hy-Vee Test Kitchen