This Easy Smoked Salmon Poke Bowl with Cilantro Cream Dressing is a quick healthy meal made in 10 minutes or less. Follow these simple steps to create your own colorful DIY Poke bowl. It is made with gently sauteed cauliflower rice tossed in arugula, watercress, mango, edamame, smoked salmon and a vibrant dairy free cilantro cream dressing that gives a hint of sweetness to bring all the flavors together.
This Easy Smoked Salmon Poke Bowl with Cilantro Cream dressing is free from gluten, dairy, grains and corn.
Poke Bowls, pronounced “POH-keh” have been a staple in Hawaii for centuries. They have become very popular in Southern California so I decided to give them a try. I went to my local Poke Shop to see what all the rage was. There was a long buffet of cubed fruit, pretty cut veggies, a variety of dressings, different types or sushi grade fish or ceviche and a base of grains or leafy greens.
I ended up going with a leafy green base, some ceviche scallops, raw salmon, cubed mango, edmamae, avocado and a miso dressing. It was all very yummy!
I got very inspired by this meal and wanted to create something simple, fresh and healthy at home.
How to Make a DIY Poke Bowl
- Create a Base:
- You can use leafy greens, quinoa, brown rice or steamed rice. I decided to use cauliflower rice to make it grain-free and extra nutritious along with arugula and watercress.
2. Add Veggies, Edamame or Avocado:
- Any veggie you like can be used. I used edamame.
3. Add cubed Fruit
- cubed mango or pineapple are traditionally used in Poke Bowls. I added cubed mango.
4. Add Protein:
- Traditionally, very fresh raw salmon or ahi tuna is used. I used smoked salmon.
5. Dress it up:
- Traditionally a drizzle of shoyu and sesame seeds was used, but now, Poke Shops have Green Goddess Dressing, Sweet Miso, wasabi aioli and many more! I made a dairy free version of Green Goddess.
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A mini prep food processor would also work in this recipe but I would suggest soaking your cashews in hot water for 30 minutes to soften them up.
Just blend all ingredients for 30 seconds on high and you have a perfect dressing for this yummy Poke Bowl. I then folded in some chopped chives for added flavor, but honestly, it is amazing even without the chives!
Isn’t this a healthy and easy recipe you can whip up for lunch?
Ever had a Poke Bowl? I would love to hear what are your favorite ingredients!
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Easy Smoked Salmon Poke Bowl w/Cilantro Cream Dressing
- Prep Time: 4 mins
- Cook Time: 1 min
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2
- Category: Main
- drizzle avocado or olive oil
- 2 cups cauliflower rice
- 2 cups packed arugula
- 1/2 cup lightly packed watercress
- 4 Tablespoons edamames
- 4 slices mango
- 3/4-1 cup chopped smoked salmon
- Cilantro Cream Dressing (Recipe Below)
- Heat a saute pan to medium heat. Add oil and cauliflower rice. Saute for 1 minute. Turn off heat and fold in arugula, leave in pan and set aside.
- Chop mango and salmon into 1 inch squares. Set aside.
- Get two large bowls ready and divide cauliflower & arugula mixture between bowls. Arrange watercress to one side. Top with chopped mango, edamame and smoked salmon.
- Drizzle with Cilantro Cream Dressing and serve immediately.
Nutritional data below includes 2 Tablespoons dressing per serving.
Cilantro Cream Dressing
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 5 mins
- Yield: 2 1/2 cups
- Category: dressing
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 can full fat coconut milk (13.66 ounces)
- 3 Tablespoons lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
- 1 peeled clove raw garlic
- 1/2 cup packed cilantro
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup or date syrup
- 1/4 cup chopped chives
- Add cashews, coconut milk, lemon juice, garlic, cilantro, salt and sweetener to a food processor or high speed blender. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
- Fold in chives and serve immediately. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in a mason jar.
Dressing will become texture of soft cream cheese in the fridge due to the coconut milk. This will make a great dip for veggies too.