Watermelon Fries with Mango Coconut Dip

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3 minutes
September 30, 2022
Carole JonesJump to Recipe

Watermelon Fries with Mango Coconut Dip is ready just in time for your 4th of July BBQ! This easy appetizer recipe comes together in just a few minutes and because it has a dip, it is also super kid friendly! This healthy watermelon recipe will become a summer long favorite.

watermelon fries on a plate with mango coconut dipping sauce

We sure LOVED these adorable watermelon fries! Not only are they delicious, but they were so simple to make. In fact, my video features my 4 year old grandson making the dip so you know it has to be easy. I knew these would make a perfect 4th of July recipe so I am excited for you to try this one out for yourself.

watermelon fries on plate sprinkled with kosher salt

If you are wondering how I got my watermelon into such perfect little “fry” shapes, just scroll on down to see the easy process step by step! It isn’t as difficult as you think it would be. Give it a try next time you are serving watermelon.

watermelon fries cut on a cutting board with a knife

Why Do You Salt Watermelon Fries?

The answer is simple! Would you eat regular french fries without salt? Of course not because they would be very bland. The same is true for watermelon fries. They need that sprinkle of kosher salt to create their fullest, fruitiest flavor. If you don’t trust me, try one in the dip without the salt. It’s good but tastes like it is lacking “something.” Now grab another fry, add a pinch of kosher salt, then dip it. You’re welcome.

You only add enough salt to create that depth of flavor. If you taste salt, then you added too much. The amount will depend on the size of your watermelon so start off with less because you can always add more.

bowl of mango coconut dip

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watermelon fries on a plate with mango coconut dipping sauce

Watermelon Fries with Mango Coconut Dip

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An easy summer side dish or appetizer recipe your whole family will love! If you doubt the use of kosher salt, try one fry in the dip without the salt and one fry with a bit of kosher salt. It will make you a believer!

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 18 1x



1 (5-ounce) container coconut Greek yogurt

1/2 cup mashed fresh mango

Zest of 1 lime

2 tablespoons honey

1 seedless watermelon cut into strips

12 teaspoons kosher salt


  1. Combine yogurt, mango, lime zest, and honey in a medium bowl. Set aside
  2. Use a large chef’s knife to remove the peel from the outside of the watermelon.  Cut into 3/4 inch slices, then take each slice and cut into fries. Sprinkle with kosher salt, toss, and serve with the dip.
  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Fresh
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/18
  • Calories: 80
  • Sugar: 17 g
  • Sodium: 15 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


4 years ago

I really loved the dip. And you are right about the salt on the fries. It made all the difference!

4 years ago

Right?!?! It just seems wrong, but without the salt, the fries and dip just seem really bland.

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