6 Summer Recipes to Make Poolside Parties Unforgettable

Friends grilling during the summer by a pool

Now that you’ve gotten all those summertime goodies from your farmers market, it’s time to get to work creating some magic in your backyard. The water’s great and the sun is high, so let’s dive right in with some great ideas for summer eats that’ll have your guests asking for seconds!

Here are six summer recipes to make your poolside party unforgettable:

1. Fried Green Tomatoes with Buttermilk Feta Dressing

For a new twist on an old southern delicacy, try this homemade dressing over some marvelous green tomatoes. If you’ve never had fried green tomatoes, you’re in for a treat!

Pro Tips: Look for slicing tomatoes, like Brandywines or German Johnsons that are meaty. You can also replace the vegetable oil with bacon grease for an absolutely sinful dish.

2. Cucumber-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

No matter where you live, cherry tomatoes are usually easy to find, and they make great appetizers! Combined with mayonnaise, cream cheese and fresh cucumber, these stuffed tomatoes are sure to go fast at.

3. Grilled Balsamic Pork Tenderloin with Strawberries and Rosemary

Summer is the perfect time for combining sweet and savory. This recipe was made for the farmers market! You’ll need to pick up some artisan pork, fresh strawberries and rosemary, and then you’ll be ready to impress all of your guests.

4. Zucchini Pasta Salad with Corn and Black Beans

This is a light salad that will work with any poolside meal, and you can mix and match ingredients to your liking. Maybe your farmers market only has yellow squash? No problem. Maybe you love sprouts but hate arugula? Again, no problem! The great thing about eating seasonally is you can really make it your own with what you have available, and a little creativity can turn a recipe like this into your very own.

5. Basque Salad

This salad really shines when prepared with fresh, local ingredients. With a traditional oil and vinegar dressing over delicious peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions, this salad is sure to bring a refreshing flavor to your next poolside party.

6. Carolina Style Burgers

Topped with meaty chili and tangy coleslaw, this is a burger like no other! The perfect recipe for a build-your-own-burger bar, this homemade chili and coleslaw are perfect for a grilled burger or even a hotdog, your guests are sure to love these decadent and messy burgers.

Pro Tip: You can use brisket or chuck for burgers that won’t dry out.