Poke bowls are one of the most popular summertime meals because it contains healthy ingredients that feel light and fresh.
Whether the plan is to dine alfresco by the pool, or enjoy a light dinner in the A/C or a working lunch in the office, Koibito has some excellent choices that incorporate summer seasonal favorites. One thing is for certain – poke bowls are a wonderful way to have a balanced, flavorful meal without too many calories.
Below are five ways to work in the flavors of summer into a delicious poke bowl that will have poke-lovers singing “Summer, summer, summertime! Time to sit back and unwind.”:
Yellowtail is in season throughout the summer, and makes a tasty addition to any poke bowl, whether it stands on its own or is paired alongside another protein selection. Yellowtail is known for its buttery clean taste and pairs well with a summer white wine. Plus, its namesake is reminiscent of all things sunshine.
It’s impossible to eat seaweed salad and not have a flash of a beach vacation. It’s fun to dream of destinations faraway while enjoying this salty, crunchy and healthy poke bowl addition that complements just about any protein or veggie choice.
Cucumbers are a favorite of chefs to serve during the summer because they have a crispy light flavor that can fully absorb the other ingredients or spices. Select the cucumber salad option with any poke bowl to enjoy during a summertime picnic or poolside meal.
Octopus is another ingredient that’s a summertime favorite for chefs and restaurants because it’s light, in season and pairs nicely with any ingredients, spices or sauces. It may just conjure up dreams of a Mediterranean vacation, too.
Mochi Ice Cream
True, mochi ice cream isn’t recommended to be added to a bowl, but this tasty cool treat should not be forgotten when ordering. Celebrated for its gummy, marshmallow flavor, Koibito serves a variety of flavors, from blood orange to strawberry, that are the perfect complement to any summertime poke bowl. Eat immediately or pop into the freezer for a cold, refreshing treat at the end of a hot day.
Some other easy-to-customize tips at Koibito Poke are to add in extra veggies, substitute the spring mix for rice for a lighter meal and select a sweeter sauce, like the Sweet Chili Lime Sauce.