Happy Watermelon Day!! Guys. I’m officially obsessed with watermelon and I’m not afraid to talk about it. Since pregnancy, and now even more as a nursing mama, I have been going through a watermelon between myself and my hubby within just a few days. A WHOLE WATERMELON. Apparently, I’m one thirsty girl. I’ve already brought you a watermelon CAKE, today I thought I would whip up something equally fun and playful with watermelon- watermelon fries! No, you should never have to REPLACE real yummy fries with watermelon fries, but as a healthy, refreshing, gluten free, vegan summer snack, you’re going to like the option.
KEY INGREDIENTS TO MAKE THESE WATERMELON FRIES
Watermelon – Watermelon is, of course, the star of the show in this recipe! I break down everything you need to know about how to choose a watermelon down below.
Tajin Seasoning – Tajin is a Mexican seasoning that I am totally obsessed with and has a mixture of very simply ingredients including salt, chili and lime. Don’t have tajin seasoning? No problem. You can totally swap in salt, chili powder and lime zest if you already have it on hand.
Coconut Yogurt – I use a non-dairy coconut yogurt to make this recipe vegan. But you can absolutely try out a dairy coconut flavoured yogurt as well.
Lime – Lime zest and juice totally make this recipe come alive and gives it that fresh summer flavour.
Coconut Sugar – This gives the coconut lime dip some extra sweetness but its optional if you find your watermelon is sweet enough.
HOW TO MAKE WATERMELON FRIES
So this really is pretty easy, and comes down to just a few simple ingredients. First, you need a good watermelon that isn’t sad or soggy inside. The key to choosing a good watermelon for making watermelon fries is to look for:
- A watermelon that feels heavy for it’s size (regardless of if it’s big or small).
- A yellow splotch on one side.
- A deep hollow sound when tapped.
Once you got a good one, you simply cut the flesh into fry-like strips and then sprinkle them liberally with tajin seasoning or your own mixture of salt, chili powder and lime zest. No sweat. I’m literally just obsessed with this stuff so I always have it on hand.
For the dip to go with your watermelon fries, I mix some non-dairy coconut yogurt, zest and juice of one lime and a little coconut sugar, to taste. It’s literally that easy (and OMG so delish).
FAQ ABOUT THIS RECIPE
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I MAKE THIS RECIPE IF I WANT TO PREPARE IT FOR ENTERTAINING GUESTS?
I’d suggest cutting up the watermelon into strips a few days in advance but I recommend adding the seasoning prior to serving.
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COCONUT FLAVOURED YOGURT OR YOGURT WITH COCONUT MILK AS THE BASE?
Yes! There is a difference. For this recipe I recommend using dairy-free yogurt made with a coconut base. However, if you don’t have that available you cant totally experiment with other yogurts as well.
WHAT CAN I USE IF I DON’T HAVE TAJIN SEASONING?
If you don’t have Tajin seasoning, you can make your own by combining 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of chili powder. You can also improvise using any spicy seasoning you have on hand.
IS THIS RECIPE KID FRIENDLY?
For sure! I have never met a toddler who doesn’t love to dip their food and my son is no exception. However, If you are serving this to your kiddo I would suggest holding back on the spice/Tajin seasoning.
DO YOU HAVE OTHER SUMMER APPETIZER RECIPES?
For sure! It just ain’t summer without summer appetizers, right? These are some of my favourite healthy summer appetizers