Perfect Summer Party Foods

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This is the easiest pasta salad ever:  Mix 3/4 lb cooked pasta with 1 batch Best Dressing, 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved), and 3 scallions (thinly sliced).  Perfect pool party food!

As kids, the one thing my sister and I wanted during summer was a pool.  (Ok, that’s a stretch.  We also wanted a dog.  And a cat.  And a boatload of Fla-vor-ice freeze pops to eat, and a backyard “fort” to camp out in.)  But really, we begged and pleaded with my parents for a pool for as long as I can remember.Now that her kids are all grown up and moved out, my mom made an announcement this year:  she’s getting a pool.  What she didn’t realize is that now that her kids are all gone, her free labor is gone with it and she’ll have to tend to the upkeep herself.  (One of the biggest arguments my sister and I had when we were trying to convince our parents to get us a pool was that we’d take care of keeping it up ourselves, and they wouldn’t have to do anything but enjoy it.)  Somehow I doubt she’ll mind though, especially as she’s leisurely floating in her new pool enjoying a cold beverage on a scorching hot day.  But, the good thing for my sister and I is that we can enjoy using the pool without having to worry about taking care of it.  The tables have turned, lol.

Here’s a quick list of ideas for putting together good food for a pool party…you could even make it pot luck-style and ask people to choose a dish to bring.

Strawberry Spritzers 

Drinks

Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

Appetizers

Pineapple-Almond Slaw Salad

Salads and Veggie Side Dishes

White Bean-Roasted Red Pepper Salad

Bean, Pasta, and Potato Salads

Cheeseburger Pie

Main Dishes

Cherry-Vanilla Cheese Danish Cupcakes

Desserts

And here are a few more delicious looking recipes from around the web that would be perfect for a summer party:

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Hello! I’m Faith and I write An Edible Mosaic. This is my recipe collection of international favorites and updated American classics, with an emphasis on seasonal dishes. I focus on real foods that sustain body and mind, bring people together, and make a house a home. Welcome to my mosaic of recipes.

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