It's finally summertime! The temperatures are rising, the sun is shining, and it's time to get out and enjoy all the season offers. One of the best ways to do that is by throwing a pool party! Whether you're inviting friends over for a weekend barbecue or just want some ideas for snacks to take with you to the beach, we've got you covered with 24 recipes that will make your day in the sun even better.
From classic favorites like chicken sliders and jalapeno corndogs to fun and festive options like summer fruit salad and Bloody Mary popsicles, these recipes will have everyone at your party asking for seconds. And once you've chosen your favorite poolside food from our list, make this party even more fun with some of the best summer cocktails
and amazing homemade summer popsicle recipes ideas!
So gather your favorite people, put on some sunscreen, and dive into these delicious summer treats.
Ceviche is a classic South American seafood dish that originated in Peru. It is usually made of raw fish marinated in fresh citrus juice, oil, red onion, peppers, and fresh cilantro.
This snapper ceviche with pineapple and avocado is a fantastic pool party food idea that just screams summer! Serve it with tortilla chips and watch it disappear!
A hot summer day calls for a cool and fresh summer salad. This summer fruit chicken salad is the perfect combination of sweet and savory, made with shredded chicken, fresh blueberries, corn, avocado, and apricots mixed with a creamy homemade yogurt dressing.
This easy classic bruschetta recipe is a go-to summer appetizer that is ready in only 10 minutes. A great poolside appetizer will leave everyone satisfied and returning for more.
Loaded Guacamole Tostadas recipe from Master Chef Brazil contestant and Latin cuisine expert Victor Viera
are to die for!
These tostadas are super easy to make, but they are guaranteed to impress your pool party guests. There's no limit to extra toppings you can add to these crispy tostadas, so don't be afraid to get creative!
Fun and delicious mini pizza wheels are perfect for serving poolside.
Delicious, crispy chicken sliders topped with a zesty wasabi slaw - perfect for your next pool party! These sliders are sure to be a hit with everyone, so be sure to make plenty!
Is there anything more summery than a big bowl of pasta salad?
This Orzo Summer Pasta Salad recipe is the perfect dish to bring to your next pool party or BBQ. It's light, refreshing, and full of flavor - everything you could want in a summer salad!
This dish comes together in less than 30 minutes, which is excellent news for those who don't want to spend all day in the kitchen during the warm summer months. And because it requires minimal cooking, it's the perfect meal to enjoy on a hot day.
Looking for a summer dish that will impress your guests? Look no further than Iron Chef Cat Cora's Crab and Avocado "Sandwiches" with Mango Coulis. These elegant little bites are perfect for any occasion, whether you're hosting a backyard pool party or a sophisticated soiree.
Crab cakes are split in half and filled with cool, tangy avocado salsa, then placed in a bright pool of mango coulis. The avocado complements the warm, rich crab, and the coulis adds a tropical touch. This dish is sure to be a hit with everyone at your party!
These tacos pack a spicy, zesty punch! The mix of peppery shrimp, tangy coleslaw, and creamy Sriracha ranch makes your tastebuds sing. Even better, these babies can be on the table in 30 minutes.
These delicious Cheeseburger Egg Rolls are the perfect appetizer for your next party! Inspired by some of our favorite restaurant appetizers, they're packed with all the cheeseburger flavors in an easy-to-eat crunchy egg roll. They're sure to be a hit with both kids and adults!
Refreshingly tasty mango avocado salsa that’s a great snack or appetizer to serve with chips or a fantastic topping for any seafood dish.
Homemade hot dogs on a stick, coated in corn, bacon, cheddar cheese, jalapeño batter, and deep-fried until crunchy and golden brown.
Serve these party-perfect corndogs with homemade sweet and spicy honey mustard dipping sauce, and don't be surprised when everyone asks you for the recipe!
One more summer salad recipe you won't get tired of. This Summer Veggie Salad comes together in less than 10 minutes! A quick and easy mix of chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and feta cheese.
The best way to enjoy these delicious and luxurious lobster rolls is with a side of chips and an ice-cold beer sitting poolside in your bathing suit.
These delicious flatbread mini pizzas are fresh and healthy - perfect poolside food that won't make you feel too heavy.
Looking for a delicious vegetarian burger option? Try this Grilled Halloumi Burgers recipe! Made with authentic halloumi cheese from Greek sheep’s milk, these burgers are sure to be a hit with cheese lovers. Halloumi is a unique cheese meant to be cooked before eating, and grilling gives it a crispy exterior and a warm, soft interior.
Combined with cool and refreshing tzatziki sauce, these burgers are packed with flavor. Add some lettuce, tomato, and pickled red onions, and you’ve got yourself a delicious Greek-style burger that will satisfy even the most hearty appetite.
Sweet pineapple wrapped in smokey bacon dripping in sticky BBQ sauce - a delicious light appetizer to enjoy on a summer day by the pool.
These Thai-Style Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce! These chicken skewers are similar to chicken satay and are just as delicious and versatile. They make a great cocktail party appetizer, and the peanut sauce also makes a delicious dip for veggies or other proteins like tofu, beef, or fish.
Everybody's fast food favorite that you can easily make at home! If you are looking for a simple classic appetizer, you can't go wrong with onion rings.
It only takes a few fresh ingredients to make tomato pesto bites. These delicious little finger foods are a party's dream come true!
Sweet, aniseed, and soft, these party fritters are pretty unique, and although you might think fennel seeds are too strong and overpowering in this recipe, they work incredibly. Make these fritters sweet or savory they are a fantastic universal party food option suitable for gluten-free and vegans.
This isn't any plain old tuna and mayo combination; these tuna salad sandwiches are switching things up with spicy jalapeno, cilantro, and lime for a fresh, light flavor!
These spicy Bloody Mary popsicles will earn you major cool points at your next pool party! We’ve given this classic salty, spicy cocktail a fun frozen twist. We take it even further with fresh, homemade tomato juice!
What can be better than a refreshing summer dessert that only requires three ingredients and 5 minutes to make?