Dump & Go: Simple Poolside & BBQ Side Dishes!

It’s unofficially summer!!

That means picnics, poolside parties, and cookouts!! Yay!

Whether you’re hosting a BBQ or are headed to one, here are three fool-proof, super simple side dishes you can throw together in a serious pinch, because who wants to be inside cooking in this weather anyway?

They’re unique, light, healthy, simple, and sure to please. They’re not culinary masterpieces, but will be greatly appreciated.

There’s a seafood, a meat, and of course, a veg dish!

They’re from my old blog years ago, so that means they’re tested and family-approved 🙂

My extended family loves when I bring these to our pool parties! I hope yours does too!

A fresh change from the old premade fruit platters, veggie and dip platter and potato and pasta salads. Try something new this year! And if you do, let me know how it goes!

Melon Mozzarella Prosciutto Salad


• 1 honeydew melon scooped with a melon baller 

• 1/2 lb fresh deli sliced prosciutto (if you’re local, just head to The Italian Market!)

• 1 tub of mozzarella (The crew prefers the plain balls to the seasoned ones for this simple salad. The prosciutto is quite salty itself, so not much is needed.)

• A TINY dash of cracked black pepper, but really the melon and prosciutto are supposed to shine themselves!

*This one came highly requested by my husband. He fell in love with this dish in Capri. This is my “Americanized” version of it! I added the mozzarella, which makes this a fusion like a caprese.

Spicy Watermelon Cucumber Crab

• 1 can of fresh LUMP crab meat. 

• 2 jalapeño, diced (remove more seeds for a less spicy dish)

• 1.5 large cucumber, peeled and diced

• 1 container of precut watermelon or 1/2 fresh watermelon diced, small 

• Dash of fresh cracked black pepper and sea salt. (I sometimes add a dash of Old Bay Seasoning too!)

Clean, light, simple.  

Red Fruit Salad with Pistachios 


•1 container of blackberries 

•1 container of blueberries 

•1 container of pomegranate seeds 

•1 container of precut watermelon or again, 1/2 watermelon diced

• I used these sunrise raspberries I found at Trader Joes! I had ever seen them before! I subbed this for 1 container of sliced strawberries!

• 1/4 cup of raw pistachios, shelled and crushed.

You can either buy them pre-shelled in the bulk section (Whole Foods & Sprouts) to save time or crack them open on your own. The girls love opening them for us! They love taking a mallet to them even more! 🙂

Pistachios add amazing color, crunch, and healthy fats. They are an unexpected addition to any fruit salad! 

*These feeds our gang of 6 adults. Double recipe as needed for your crew!

Cheers to sunshine & splashing! 
XOX, Sar

1 Comment

  1. January 31, 2020 / 1:37 pm

    Really appreciate you sharing this blog.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

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Sari Marissa aka Fab Philly Mom is passionate about sharing her travels and the fun she has in her city with her supportive husband and two super adventurous little girls.

Sari has traveled to 48 states, 36 National Parks, 25 countries, and 4 continents....so far.

Sari is currently enrolled in a 200hr YTT (yoga teacher training), was named Yelp’s Top Reviewer in Philly, and has recently co-founded Philadelphia’s first official Challah For Hunger chapter.

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