SESAME-AND-SOY WATERMELON POKÉ

Everyone is trying Poké, a Hawaiian salad usually served with fresh caught fish.  This watermelon vegetarian style is served with sesame seeds and fresh cilantro, for a fresh clean flavors.

 

INGREDIENTS

 

3 pounds seedless watermelon, rind removed, cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 cup unseasoned rice vinegar

1/4 cup toasted sesame oil

3 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons tahini

1 tablespoon agave nectar

1 tablespoon ume plum vinegar (optional)

Kosher salt

2 scallions, white and pale-green parts, thinly sliced

1 cup cilantro leaves with tender stems

 

PREPARATION

 

Place watermelon in a large resealable plastic bag. Purée rice vinegar, oil, soy sauce, lime juice, tahini, agave nectar, and plum vinegar in a blender until smooth. Pour over watermelon, seal bag, and chill at least 4 hours and up to 1 day.

Heat a large skillet over medium. Remove watermelon from marinade; set marinade aside. Cook watermelon, tossing often, until lightly caramelized and dried out, 6–8 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring reserved marinade to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat; simmer until thickened to the consistency of heavy cream, 12–15 minutes.

Chill watermelon and sauce separately at least 1 hour.

To serve, toss watermelon with sauce; taste and season with salt as needed. Top with scallions and cilantro.

Do Ahead

Watermelon and sauce can be made 12 hours ahead. Keep chilled.

 

 Courtesy of Epicurious.com

 
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