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10 Meals That Are Certified ‘Perfect’ For Your Pool Parties This Summer

Summer is here and that can only mean a lot of pool parties as people shed their heavy winter clothing to tan in the most exquisite swimwear. And would it really be a pool party without tasty meals? Read on below for delicious recipes to prepare for your next pool party; these fit the summer theme and are easy to whip up too!

By Cookist

The perfect dish for a pool party is reminiscent of the summer theme and wouldn't create a huge mess. Cue our compilation of the best recipes fit for the pool — these are sure to win compliments!

1. Grilled Chicken Pesto Sliders

This recipe serves grilled and well-seasoned chicken alongside tasty pesto sauce, fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese! Serve alongside fresh cocktails for a night out by the pool, your guests will thank you for it!

2. Pineapple Sherbet


This cool and creamy treat is the perfect solution for those afternoon sugar cravings. It is all natural and homemade, yet it tastes exquisite thanks to the fresh pineapples used. If you prefer, you can make yours, void of dairy and without any added sugar.

3. Classic Shrimp Rolls

Are you in a bind deciding what to serve at your pool party? Try this inexpensive and quick recipe! All you have to do is boil and chop the shrimp. Then combine it with celery, mayonnaise, lemon juice, horseradish, and paprika and season with salt. Serve with this flavorful mixture spread onto toasted buns and garnished with scallions.

4. Avocado Salsa


Switch out the traditional tomato salsa for this one with an avocado twist. It is easy to make and delivers freshness like never before with its delightful mix of tomatoes, avocados, red onions, cilantro, jalapeños, and garlic. Toss the items with lime juice and oil and enjoy with your favorite chips!

5. Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil

This light meal is perfect for the poolside. The bruschetta is a classic Italian appetizer that is popular for explosive flavors delivered by a mix of garden ripened tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, and olive oil. Serve the bruschetta spread atop toasted slices of French or Italian bread for an exquisite experience.

6. Grilled Watermelon


Watermelon is the fruit of the summer with its almost flowery sweetness and high water content. But did you know you could make them savory too? Simply brush the watermelons with olive oil and season with salt and pepper then grill.

7. Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberry Kabobs

How about some frozen fruit to cool down while lounging in the summer heat? Put blueberries on a stick, dip in yogurt, and freeze for a healthy and delicious summer treat.

8. Pineapple-Scallion Bacon Dog


Hot dogs are considered the basics for a pool party but you can make them extra special with this recipe. The dog is wrapped in bacon and topped with chopped pineapples and scallions for a tropical twist.

9. Blackened Fish Tacos

Summer is the perfect season to eat all the tacos you can. This fish taco recipe is flavorful and spicy, but the heat is bearable because of the slaw and creamy avocado dressing. The recipe is a combination of various textures just ideal for a day at the pool.

10. Cantaloupe Shot Glass


Pineapples aren't the only fruits that can be used to make shot glasses, you can use cantaloupe for a taste of the fresh tropics too! All you have to do is carve out a deep space into the flesh of the fruit and use to serve liquors, just like you would with a shot glass!

Now you know that the options are simply endless! You don't have to choose just one out of these, why not make a buffet array for your guests?

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