Every week we pull together some great Canadian recipes from Canadian food bloggers around the web featuring one main ingredient or dish. This week, we're sharing 25 watermelon recipes to celebrate everyone's favourite, easy to share summer treat!

25 Juicy Watermelon Recipe Ideas | Food Bloggers of Canada

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Who hasn't sat outside on a beautiful summer day and enjoyed a slice of refreshing, sweet watermelon that makes the day even better? The red-and-green fruit is an always-present summer snack and we should definitely thank the fruit and vegetable gods for it.

Oh, sorry! You didn't know? Yup. Watermelon can be considered both a fruit or a vegetable.

On top of that, the flesh, the seeds and the rind can be used in sweet and savoury recipes. You'll see what we mean once you check out the gallery below. From deliciously healthy Watermelon Sweet Pizza to trendy Watermelon Mason Jar Salad, there are many innovative and yummy ways to enjoy the popular Citrullus lanatus.

If one of your goals this summer is to surprise your guests with creative recipes that keep them hydrated, then we would suggest that you run to your farmer's market and pick a delicious, 92%-filled-with-water watermelon.

How Do You Pick A Ripe Watermelon?

How to pick the right one, you ask? Easy peasy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Look it over. Make sure it's firm, symmetrical and free from bruises, cuts or dents.
  2. Lift it up. The watermelon should be heavy for it's size. Watermelon is 92% water, most of the weight is water.
  3. Turn it over. Check that the underside of the watermelon has a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun!

Once you've brought it back home, make sure you try one of the recipes below.

In a hurry? Just make it fun by cutting it with cookie cutters (for example, in the form of maple leaves), or use a knife and create grab-and-go spears, wedges, or cubes!

Watermelon Recipes

By Food Bloggers of Canada

  • Sweet Watermelon Pizza

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Healthy enough for breakfast and sweet enough for dessert, this [Watermelon Pizza](https://www.watermelon.org/Recipes/Pizza-Sweet) will quickly make its way into your weekly meal rotation. From **Watermelong.org**.

  • Watermelon Popsicles

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    These cute [Watermelon Popsicles](https://www.slicedginger.com/home/watermelon-popsicles) include pure watermelon for the first layer, coconut milk for the white layer, a purée of cucumber and mint for the green layer and a few dots of melted dark chocolate for the 'seeds'. Delicious! From **Sliced Ginger**.

  • Watermelon Salad with Mint Yogurt & Pickled Red Onions

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    [Watermelon and Mint Salad](http://yummybeet.com/watermelon-salad-mint-yogurt-pickled-red-onions/) recipes are barely recipes, but they’re worth writing down as to not forget about them. They feed a crowd, are a last-minute contribution to a dinner and pair well with just about everything summer-fresh and hot off the grill. From **Yummy Beet**.

  • Tuna, Avocado and Watermelon Tartare

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    This is a colorful and ultra-fresh [Tuna, Avocado and Watermelon Tartare](https://thefoodolic.com/2017/06/15/tuna-avocado-and-watermelon-tartare/) made of lightly wasabi spiced tuna, cilantro-lime avocado dices, and watermelon for a fresh start this summer! From **The Foodolic**.

  • Watermelon Mint Paletas

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    These [Watermelon Mint Paletas](https://satoridesignforliving.com/watermelon-mint-paletas-more-summerlicious-treats/) are made with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt. A satisfying, delicious and healthy summer snack everyone will enjoy! From **Satori Design for Living**.

  • Watermelon Lime Italian Granita Ice

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    This [Watermelon Lime Italian Granita Ice](https://www.shelovesbiscotti.com/cool-watermelon-lime-italian-granita-ice/) is the perfect recipe for a summer treat. It is refreshing, healthy, easy to make and most of all, it tastes great! From **She Loves Biscotti**.

  • Watermelon Gelée

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    [Watermelon Gelée](https://urbnspice.com/my-recipes/watermelon-gelee/) is a gelatine set dessert using the juice of a watermelon. The vivid pink hue is further enhanced by the addition of raspberry liqueur. From **Urb'n'Spice**.

  • Watermelon Basil Smoothie

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    This [Watermelon Basil Smoothie](http://www.radiantrachels.com/watermelon-basil-smoothie/) is an ultra-hydrating drink that you can make countless times throughout the summer. It also complies with the fruit combining rules so you’ll have a happy tummy too! From **Radiant Rachels**.

  • Watermelon Halloumi Salad with Balsamic Drizzle

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    This [Watermelon Halloumi Salad with Balsamic Drizzle](http://www.thespiceathome.com/2016/10/19/watermelon-halloumi-salad-with-balsamic-drizzle/) is a take on the traditional with an added BANG. The salty, firm halloumi cheese coupled with the sweet and fresh watermelon is just to die for. From **The Spice at Home**.

  • Watermelon Mason Jar Salad

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Perfect to take on-the-go, this [Watermelon Mason Jar Salad](https://www.cookinginmygenes.com/watermelon-mason-jar-salad/) is filled with watermelon, farro, pea shoots and radishes for crunch, mint and feta, a divine flavour combination! From **Cooking in my Genes**.

  • Spicy Marinated Watermelon Bites

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    The key to making these [Spicy Marinated Watermelon Bites](https://insearchofyummyness.com/spicy-marinated-watermelon-bites/) is the strong vinegar-based marinade. Aside from the marinade, the only other components are tiny bocconcini pearls and fresh garlic-basil pesto. Delish! From **In Search of Yummyness**.

  • Watermelon Ice Cream Bars

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Decadent and delicious, these [Ice Cream Bars](https://www.watermelon.org/Recipes/Ice-Cream-Bars) are sweetened with watermelon juice and honey. From **Watermelon.org**.

More Watermelon Recipe Ideas

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