There’s nothing more fun than a backyard pool party during the summer. While it’s tempting to provide the usual canned drinks and dogs and burgers on the grill, why not make the effort to make your party even more fun and memorable?
You want to keep food light, portable, and full of seasonal flavor. Here is a roundup of ideas for healthy appetizers, main courses from the grill and smoker, fun desserts and cool drinks!
Salads take advantage of summer time fruits and vegetables and can be super portable if you serve them in beverage cups or small bowls.
- Watermelon and Feta Salsa
- Mexican Style Shrimp Cocktail
- Spicy Ginger Tofu Noodle Salad
- Asian Cobb Salad
- Healthy Cobb Salad
- Salmon, Fresh Blueberries and Lemon Salad with Chive Vinaigrette
- Greek Grilled Chicken & Vegetable Salad with Pita Bread
- Healthy Citrus Beet and Apple Salad
- Beet Carpaccio Goat Cheese Salad
Food on a stick
Nothing more portable than food on a stick, where it’s an appetizer, main course or dessert.
- Crispy Garlic Shrimp Skewers
- Chicken Mango Skewers with Lime Poppy Seed Drizzle
- Grilled Orange Chicken
- Sriracha Chicken Skewers
- Jerk Chicken
- Grilled Strawberries and Kiwis
- Grilled Tofu Kabobs
- Grilled Shrimp and Scallop Kabobs
Grilling and smoking
If it’s a backyard party, you have to get the grill or the smoker going, right?
- Swordfish with Orange Fennel Salad
- Seared Panko Encrusted Tuna on Black Rice
- Carne Asada
- Grilled Fish Moco with Spicy Tropical Fruit Salsa
- Fish with Pico Garlic Rub (grill instead of sauté)
- Grilled Wahoo with Tomatoes and Olives
- Smoked Trout
- Smoked Marinated Chicken
Chilly desserts on sticks – what more could you want?
- Mojito Lime Orange & Mint Popsicles
- Watermelon and Kiwi Ice Pops
- Orange Coconut Popsicles
- Chocolate Fudgsicles with Strawberries
- Green Apple and Flax Seed Pops
Cool down with these party favorites.
What kind of food do you like to serve at backyard poolside bashes?
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