A simple delicious recipe for Watermelon Shiso Salad with Cucumber, Sesame Seeds and Scallions – a light and refreshing Asian style Watermelon Salad that is vegan, gluten-free and full of flavor! 

A simple delicious recipe for Watermelon Shiso Salad with Cucumber, Sesame Seeds and Scallions - a light and refreshing Asian style Watermelon Salad that is vegan, gluten-free and full of flavor! #watermelonsalad #shiso #shisorecipe #watermelon

There is nothing you can see that is not a flower; there is nothing you can think that is not the moon.~ Basho

Here’s a refreshing Watermelon Salad with crunchy cucumbers, shiso leaves, scallions and a simple Sesame-Lime Dressing. No problem if you can’t find shiso leaves -simply leave them off- but I wanted to introduce you to this delightful herb so you can put it on your radar for later down the road.  It wasn’t until I went to Japan that I began to fully appreciate shiso’s lovely flavor.  The easiest way to find Shiso is to pick up a potted plant in the herb section of your local plant nursery or farmer’s market. Grow it in a container on the patio along with other herbs (or in the ground) and that way you’ll always have some on hand.  Shiso is also available at upscale markets or Asian markets, and is sometimes called perilla. It can range in color from  green to burgundy to deep purplish black, just look for the jaggedy edges.

Vegan and gluten-free, this Watermelon Salad would be great along side Asian style grilled fish, meat or tofu.  Or served this up like a Poke Bowl …. which perhaps sounds strange, but is deliciously addicting! Just place a big juicy scoop of the watermelon salad over rice, add edamame and avocado and spoon the flavorful dressing over the whole thing.  It’s uncanny how much it looks like ahi poke, but I assure you this vegan version is totally plant-based.

A simple delicious recipe for Watermelon Salad with Shiso leaves, Cucumber, Sesame Seeds and Scallions - a light and refreshing Asian style Watermelon Salad that is vegan, gluten-free and full of flavor! #watermelonsalad #shiso #shisorecipe #watermelon

Turn the watermelon salad into dinner by making a vegan poke bowl! So good!

A refreshing and delicious recipe for Watermelon Shiso Salad- a great vegan substitute for ahi, in a Poke Bowl! | www.feastingathome.com

The nice thing about this recipe is it only takes 15 minutes to make.

A simple delicious recipe for Watermelon Shiso Salad with Cucumber, Sesame Seeds and Scallions - a light and refreshing Asian style Watermelon Salad that is vegan, gluten-free and full of flavor! #watermelonsalad #shiso #shisorecipe #watermelon

Chop, stir in dressing and gently mix. That’s it!

 

Add optional jalapeño slices for a little heat.

A simple delicious recipe for Watermelon Shiso Salad with Cucumber, Sesame Seeds and Scallions - a light and refreshing Asian style Watermelon Salad that is vegan, gluten-free and full of flavor! #watermelonsalad #shiso #shisorecipe #watermelon

Mmmmmmm. So juicy, refreshing and cooling on these hot summer days.

A simple delicious recipe for Watermelon Shiso Salad with Cucumber, Sesame Seeds and Scallions - a light and refreshing Asian style Watermelon Salad that is vegan, gluten-free and full of flavor! #watermelonsalad #shiso #shisorecipe #watermelon

 

Give this Watermelon Salad a whirl, it’s easy!

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A simple delicious recipe for Watermelon Shiso Salad with Cucumber, Sesame Seeds and Scallions - a light and refreshing Asian style Watermelon Salad that is vegan, gluten-free and full of flavor! #watermelonsalad #shiso #shisorecipe #watermelon

Watermelon Shiso Salad

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: salad, vegan, gluten-free
  • Method: tossed
  • Cuisine: Hawaiian

Description

A simple, delicious Watermelon Salad with a sesame- lime dressing, cucumbers, cilantro and scallions, finished with optional shiso ribbons. A great vegan substitute for ahi poke salad.


Ingredients

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  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon (cut into 1 inch cubes, or less)
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 3 scallions, cut thin, at a diagonal
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • few slices jalapeño ( optional)
  • 2 shiso leaves, stacked, rolled and cut into thin ribbons – Optional-for garnishing
  • 12 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds for garnishing

Sesame Lime Dressing

  • ½ teaspoon very finely minced ginger ( or use ginger paste)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 ½  tablespoons honey or agave
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons shoyu, soy sauce or GF liquid amino acids

Instructions

Place watermelon, cucumber, scallions, and cilantro in a medium bowl.

Mix dressing ingredients together in a small bowl then pour over watermelon salad.

Gently toss.  Taste for salt, adding a little salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish with jalapeño, shiso ribbons and toasted sesame seeds.


Notes

Serve this on its own as a refreshing salad, or create a vegan “Poke” Bowl, serving it over rice with avocado, greens and edamame.

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Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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    1. hi Ryann, it is best served the day of, but it will keep 1-2 more days. It’s just not as “crisp”.

  1. This is so fresh and lovely!! Easy to make and perfect for a hot summer night. I wanted to use my fresh herbs, so I used fresh chives instead of the scallions and mint in place of the cilantro. Delicious!!!

  2. I just made this very interesting salad and it is so refreshing and surprisingly delicious! I’m so glad I tried it. I do love poke and I agree, this would be a wonderful vegan substitute for it. All of the flavors and ingredients go so well together. I can’t wait to make this again and as you suggest; I’ll create a poke bowl. Your recipes are amazing!! You are amazing!

  3. have been wondering how to include shiso in more dishes- we have a bunch growing in our garden. Thanks for a great recipe!

  4. Looks delicious and refreshing. Nothing like watermelon to cool off!My husband loves sesame oil and would probably enjoy this salad

  5. I really love the idea of pairing watermelon with this savory vinaigrette, so unexpected yet I’m sure it comes together beautifully.