Our Favorite Simple Poolside Dishes

End of summer soirée, anyone?

10 August 2021 -

Summer is too quickly coming to a close… 

and we’re doing our best to make the most of our newly finished backyard space as much as we can before the kids go back to school. Since finishing The McGee Pool and Pool House, entertaining has taken on a whole new meaning, and we’ve learned that when it comes to outdoor or pool-side food, the simpler, the better (especially when pregnant).  

I’m excited to share a few recipes that made entertaining in my third trimester a little easier and that I will keep on rotation even now that baby is here, and summer is on its way out. 

Although we love a good barbecue, sometimes hosting while you’re flipping burgers isn’t ideal. For simplicity, we rely on a few go-to recipes we can prepare ahead of time and have ready when guests arrive.  

Here are a few of our current favorites:  

Recipe No. 1: Poolside Mint Limeade


1 cup about 6 limes,  juiced  

¾ cup granulated sugar

4 cups water

1 bunch mint

3 sprigs fresh thyme

2 cups ice



Clean and trim mint .

Juice limes and mix in the sugar, whisk until the sugar is dissolved.

Add water and a few mint leaves and continue whisking.

Fill the glass with ice and pour limeade in the glass.

Garnish with thyme


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 Recipe No. 2: Favorite Simple Salsa


4 fresh tomatoes, small dice 

1 white onion, small dice

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1 ½ tablespoons lime, juiced

1 jalapeno, minced

1  bunch cilantro, rough chop

1 tablespoon am salt

Cracked black pepper, to taste


Clean and trim all the vegetables .

Dice the tomatoes and onion in about ½ cubes.

Chopped the cilantro.

In a large bowl combine all the ingredients.

Marinate for 24 hours.


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Recipe No. 3: Grapefruit Salad 


1 grapefruit, segmented 

1 box mixed greens

1 fennel, thinly sliced

½ cup fresh ricotta 

2 avocados, small diced


1 cup raspberries

2 tablespoons honey 

1 cup olive oil

½ cup white vinegar

1 teaspoon am salt


Clean and trim grapefruit and segment into slices.

Clean and trim fennel then slice the root into thin pieces.

Cut avocado into bite size pieces.

In a serving bowl place the mixed greens and each item finishing with a spoonful of fresh ricotta over the top.

Vinaigrette  Instructions

In a blender add the raspberries, white vinegar, honey, and a m salt. Turn the blender on medium speed and slowly add the olive oil until it’s completely emulsified.


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Recipe No. 4: Dry Rub Flank Steak


1 Flank Steak 

1 tablespoons am salt

1 tablespoons paprika

1 teaspoon chile powder


Clean and trim flank steak. Leave uncovered on the counter for 20 min to dry.

In a mixing bowl add the salt, paprika, and chile powder.

Add the dry rub to the steak at least 20 min before you grill.

Grill at 500 degrees for about 8 minutes on each side, let rest for 10 minutes and service.


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Date Posted
10 August 2021