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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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
1–2 teaspoons kosher salt
- Combine yogurt, mango, lime zest, and honey in a medium bowl. Set aside
- Use a large chef’s knife to remove the peel from the outside of the watermelon. (See video above for a demonstration). Cut into 3/4 inch slices, then take each slice and cut into fries. Sprinkle with kosher salt, toss, and serve with the dip.
- 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
Keywords: easy appetizer recipe, summer side dish, 4th of July recipe