Chef’s Corner

Chef Kyle Taylor

Chef Kyle Taylor

Photos by chef Kyle Taylor 

“This dish is simple and perfect for summertime, light, refreshing and versatile with a burst of flavor.” 

Watermelon and Ahi Tuna Poke 

Course: Lunch/ Dinner/Appetizer 
Cuisine: American/Asian Fusion
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 0  
Total Time: 20 min
Serving Size: 4


  • 4 cups cubed watermelon 
  • 16 oz sushi-grade ahi tuna 
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint (chopped)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup chopped green onion 
  • ½ cup ponzu sauce
  • 2 tbsp minced ginger (pickled or fresh)
  • 1 lime
  • For dipping, add crostini/tortilla chips


  1. Cut tuna and watermelon into cubes, and combine in a medium size mixing bowl.
  2. Add your chopped green onion, and fresh mint.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together ponzu, honey, minced garlic, and ginger.
  4. Add in the ponzu mixture.  
  5. Mix well and serve as desired with a zest of lime on top. Add in jalapeño or crushed red pepper if you’re feeling spicy. 
  6. Serve over rice or lettuce to make it a poke bowl or salad. For a great appetizer, you can serve it with crostini or my personal favorite, scooping it up with tortilla chips. 

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