With summer in full swing, now is the perfect time to gather friends and family to relax by the pool. And with guests gathering outside to soak up the long summer days, there’s no time like now to treat the ones you love with a special summer menu. Whether that centers around pan fajitas, NY-style toast, veggie burgers, or flatbread pizza, you’ll need plenty of snacks to replenish your post-swim nutrition. So whether you’re aiming for a backyard barbecue, simple soirée, or a casual get-together, these 12 pool party snacks are sure to impress.
There’s nothing like jumping out of the pool and straight into a crazy snack. It is pretty much given on a pool day. And with any of these healthy, nutritious snacks, you can enjoy them without feeling guilty. In fact, you can even eat enough snacks to make up dinner and save yourself time and effort — that makes the whole day easier. that much more relaxing. It’s a pool party, so there are no rules.
These recipes are also perfect for kids and adults alike, so any kid in your party can join in. your next get-together, sit back and relax as people rave about your amazing creations.
Featured image of Hannah Haston.
Bruschetta With Slow Baked Tomato and Ricotta
Why we love it: With such a bright light, you know it must be good. This simple bruschetta with tomatoes and ricotta proves that sometimes the simplest ingredients can be the most delicious. Especially with tomatoes in peak season! Spread that ricotta cream on top of a thick slice of sourdough, topped with juicy roasted tomatoes and sprinkle a lot of basil on top to close the deal. And that’s it! You have a snack by the overhead pool that is sure to be satisfied.
Hero Ingredients: Five cloves of caramelized garlic along with those tomatoes makes everything so much better. And a little basil or thyme never hurt anyone.
Classic Guacamole & Mango-Chipotle Guacamole
Why we love it: Mango and avocado is a god-given combination. Especially when enjoyed in the form of guacamole (with extra salty crumbs to scoop up the deliciousness). These guac recipes tick the boxes for freshness and flavor while celebrating one of the greatest joys of cuisine: a sweet and savory fusion. And when it comes to simple pool party snacks, guacamole has always been a hit.
Hero Ingredients: In mango guacamole, canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce unleash a prized smoky flavor that elevates everything. The combination of smoked chili with avocado and cool mango is second to none.
Spring rolls Sriracha Tempeh honey
Why we love it: Cool cucumbers and creamy butter combine with seasoned tempeh to create substantial spring rolls that you’ll just want to eat again and again. And don’t even get me started with the mango in it. Everything is perfectly balanced by the sriracha sauce that brings a bit of heat to the mix, a really great contrast to the mango and avocado. You can also include any vegetables you have on hand or use them as an opportunity to clear out the vegetable drawer (yay!).
Hero Ingredients: The sriracha sauce consists of sriracha, honey, and sesame oil, and it’s exactly what you want to snack on while sitting by the pool.
Cumin Chickpea Salad with Mint Chutney
Why we love it: Cheese board, gone. Well, you can go on — but for this poolside snack, we’re taking a slightly different approach to the grazing board situation. This chickpea salad is full of spices, drizzled Greek yogurt, and topped with mint chutney. Serve plenty of grilled naan to scoop and watch how quickly this salad goes from plate to hand.
Hero Ingredients: When it comes to spices, chaat masala, cumin and ginger completely transform the flavor of this salad into something you’ll crave for more.
Carrot Turmeric Hummus With Veggies
Why we love it: A soak doubles the feeling of comfort, good for health? Yes, please. Carrots and turmeric come together in this hummus to form the perfect accompaniment to veggies for your pool party that’s healthy and refreshing. Instead of a chickpea base, the carrots build the foundation for this dip by sautéing with garlic, lemon, olive oil, and turmeric. It’s easy to put together and even easier to enjoy.
Hero Ingredients: Lots of top roasted sunflower seeds are key. Everyone loves a good crunchy element!
Why we love it: The festive skewers are chock full of seasonal produce — and as a result, they’re definitely winners in my book. These are easy to throw together and even easier to enjoy. With watermelon, feta and blackberries layered under a sprinkle of mint, you’ll have a portable, no-fuss snack everyone will love. You can even make these ahead of time and take them out of the fridge when you’re ready to serve. That way, they’ll be cold, refreshing, and delicious.
Hero Ingredients: A drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt will pop out those natural sugars and tie everything together neatly.
Mint Tzatziki with Endive, Romaine and Sugar Snaps
Why we love it: Tzatziki is the perfect snack for a pool party for many reasons, but mainly because it’s fresh, light, and cooling after a long day in the sun. Especially when served with deep fried peas, sticky rice leaves and romaine leaves. There’s something about this that makes you want to swim to the plate by the pool and dive right in.
Hero Ingredients: If you’ve already baked it for the occasion, lightly toast those romaine leaves for a fresh twist on this delicious treat. They will still have some crunchy treats to offer, but there is a bitter taste that really complements the tzatziki.
Burrata With Pesto & Figs
Why we love it: As you might have guessed, this four-ingredient poolside snack is super simple. And with a simple recipe, the importance of fresh ingredients. Here, you’ll want the juiciest figs, the freshest pia, the juiciest burrata and the crunchiest bread for an appetizer, more than the sum of its portions. Like the others on this list, this arrangement is perfect for poolside polishing.
Hero Ingredients: If you haven’t taken the burrata train yet, let me point you in the right direction. It is totally glorified in this recipe for such ice cream masterpiece. When spread on a delicious piece of bread and accompanied by figs, it is absolute perfection.
Simple citrus salad
Why we love it: I’m sorry to include this in most of the rounds, but I can’t—it’s as good as it gets. Totally refreshing, as vibrant as summer and perfect for snacking. Cut multiple wedges and serve this simple salad on a large platter so guests can enjoy it anytime. Everyone will enjoy a juicy piece of fruit topped with Marcona salty almonds and zingy onions to deal with the summer heat.
Hero Ingredients: Those Marcona almonds are buttery, nutty, savory, and the overall hero of this salad. They deliver crunch and flavor, what more could we ask for?
Why we love it: As you can guess from the name, these watermelons are for adults only. Get any kid in your party a watermelon skewer while the adults enjoy a fun and festive watermelon party that is, of course, laced with tequila. They have an ethereal, minty taste and are made even better by a hint of sea salt. It brings out all the sweetness in that watermelon and sends these on top.
Hero Ingredients: If you’ve ever eaten a juicy slice of watermelon with a squeeze of lemon on top, you’ll understand that using plenty of lemon zest is key.
Everything Bagel Smoked Salmon Flatbread with Lemon Cream Cheese
Why we love it: This simple bagel-inspired flatbread is absolutely perfect for takeaway sharing. It’s a little more important than our other picks, which is exactly what makes it ideal for a poolside snack party. Guests can grab a bite and enjoy the layered flavors of everything bagels, lemon cream cheese, smoked salmon and fresh herbs.
Hero Ingredients: The salty caper bud seals the lox bagel deal and delivers a splash of brine to every delicious bite.
Mango Lassi Popsicles
Why we love it: For a little sweetness, these ice cream popsicles make the perfect poolside dessert that everyone in your party will enjoy. They are creamy, cool and totally reminiscent of mango lassi. All ages will love these pops up while enjoying the after-sun cooldown on the side. Bonus: These popsicles can be made in advance and stored in the freezer until you’re ready to serve. Easy storage.
Hero Ingredients: Our food editor, Suruchi Avasthi, insists that pureeing your own spices is key. She says cardamom gives a really sweet floral scent to the best pops when it’s fresh.