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26 Summer Snacks that will Float Your Boat

June 7, 2021
6 min. read

Picture this: you’re sitting in a comfortable beach chair with your face to the wind and your feet slowly sinking into the wet sand. All you hear is the distant call of seagulls and the gentle roar of the ocean in front of you. The waves lap up on your feet as you sit back and enjoy the sun, surf, and salty air.

In the heat of summer, there are few environments more relaxing than sitting pool- or ocean-side with your feet in the water. In fact, according to psychologists, the blue hue of water calms our brains and helps us enter a near-meditative state.

Although we can’t physically bring the water to you (but we can tell you to go enter our Hit the Water Sweepstakes!), we’re doing the next best thing by bringing you 26 Summer Snacks that Will Float Your Boat—from island sliders and Hawaiian hot dogs to tropical dips and seaside snacks! Water you waiting for? Scroll down to read them all!


1. Hawaiian Hot Dog

Hawaiian Hot Dog

Don’t think hot dogs can be fancy? Think again with this Hawaiian Hot Dog recipe—topped with grilled pineapple, red onion, jalapenos, and fresh cilantro for a flavor-packed summer meal you won’t soon forget.


2. Tropical Fruit Panzanella Skewers

Tropical Fruit Skewers

You can’t go wrong with some fresh summer fruit as a poolside snack—especially when it’s nestled between cubes of Martin’s Potato Bread!


3. Featured Recipe: Chesapeake Burger

Chesapeake Burger

We combined surf and turf for this brand new, piled-high burger recipe. To prepare, simply grill two seasoned burger patties and top with American cheese. Then, place two patties on each Big Marty’s bun, top with your favorite burger accoutrements and some prepared Warm Crab Dip. What more could you want in a summer meal?


Check out our video tutorial for this recipe here:


4. Shrimp Flatbread

Shrimp Flatbread

From so-fish­-ticated garden party to casual boat trip, these savory shrimp flatbread bites are perfect for all your summer outings and events.


5. Cold Crab Dip with Fish Crackers

Cold Crab Dip

Too hot for a warm dip? Try serving this crab dip recipe cold with fish-shaped, toasted Martins Potato Bread for a snack that beats the heat and your cravings!


6. Tilapia Fish Taco Boats with Tropical Salsa

Tilapia Fish Taco Boats

You can tell this is going to be a satisfying tropical summer snack just by looking at it! These Tilapia Fish Taco Boats make a great pool party appetizer or seaside refreshment.


7. Seaweed Dip with Shark Toasts

"Seaweed" Dip

Be the nauti-cool one at the barbecue or picnic by bringing this Seaweed Dip, plus toasted fish-shaped Martin’s Butter Bread “crackers” to share!


8. Featured Recipe: Watermelon Shrimp Ceviche

Watermelon and Citrus Shrimp Ceviche

This Watermelon Shrimp Ceviche just screams summer, doesn’t it? Between the chopped watermelon, acid-cooked shrimp, citrus juice, fresh mint, and jalapeño pepper, this refreshing seafood dish is shore to make a great addition to your summer recipe inventory.



9. Mixed Seafood Canapés

Seafood Canapes

Martin’s Hoagie Rolls don’t just make great sub sandwiches (although they’re perfect for that, too), they also can be sliced into the perfect base for savory appetizers—like these Mixed Seafood Canapés!


10. Balsamic Bruschetta

Balsamic Bruschetta

When tomatoes are in season, we like to take advantage of all the fresh recipe opportunities, including this Balsamic Bruschetta—a simple summer side that’s dressed to impress.


11. Shark Bites

Shark Bites

Who needs sharkuterie when you’ve got these sweet and fun shark bites to snack on?! Bonus: break out some food dye, icing, and a little creativity to make these bites into your own custom creations!


12. Featured Recipe: Hot Dog Sailboats

Hot Dog Slider Sailboats

You’ll be sailing toward summer bliss when you snack on these adorable (and easy-to-make) Hot Dog Sailboats! To make, just cut large hot dogs and Martin’s Hoagie Rolls into snack-sized pieces and top with your favorite condiments, a pickle sail, and a bell pepper flag!



13. Summer Fruit Bruschetta

Summer Fruit Bruschetta

These tasty bruschetta provide the perfect way to snack on your summer berries and fruit by the pool, the lake, or the porch. It’s a refreshing treat for adults and kids alike!


14. Sweet Chili Panzanella Shrimp Kabobs

Sweet Chili Panzanella Shrimp Kabobs

Wake up your senses with these slightly-spicy grilled kabobs, which taste just as bright and bold as they look. Bonus: this recipe pairs swimmingly with watermelon slushies!

Find even more summer food and drink pairings here:


15. Veggie Pizza Bites

Veggie Pizza Bites

What’s not to love about classic veggie pizza? It’s your favorite veggies and dip all rolled into one summer snack! Try this recipe for your next picnic side or road trip treat.


16. Caribbean Beach Burgers with Mango Salsa

Caribbean Beach Burgers

If you’re dreaming of tropical island adventures this summer, then this Caribbean Beach Burger is perfect for you. It’s a beach vacation on a bun!

(Not a beach person? Find out your summer burger personality here.)


17. Cowboy Caviar with Martin’s “Pita” Chips

Cowboy Caviar

Dips are one of the most convenient snacks to pack for a day on the lake or the ocean. You can even shape the Martin’s “Pita” Chips into nautical shapes for even more charm.


18. Sandwich on a Stick

Sandwich on a Stick

Maybe you’re wondering “What does a sandwich on a stick have to do with water?” And to that we say—every boat or beach outing needs a convenient, packable snack! And this recipe does the trick.


19. Mini Fish Taco Bowls

Mini Fish Taco Bowls

‘Tis the sea-son for fresh veggies and herbs—both of which are featured in this tasty fish taco recipe! Enjoy as a snack of part of a seafood appetizer spread.


20. Shark Submarine Sandwich

Shark Submarine

This creative Shark Submarine Sandwich makes a fin-tastic lunch for one. Or, cut into several pieces for a snack/appetizer to share!

Catch our Shark-Week-themed video featuring this recipe here:


21. Ahi Tuna Avocado Toasts

Tuna Avocado Toast

Go full sea mode with these Ahi Tuna and Avocado Toasts, which flaunt the bright and salty flavors of miso, ginger, and black sesame.


22. Turkey and Cheese Roll-Ups

Turkey Roll Ups

If you’ve got a long day on the water ahead of you, the last thing you want to worry about is not having enough food. That’s why we recommend bringing along these snackable, protein-packed roll-ups!

Get even more protein bites ideas here:


23. Hawaiian Pizza Bread Cups

Hawaiian Pizza Cups

It’s hard to turn down summer snacks topped with fresh pineapple—especially these tasty Hawaiian pizza toast cups (or, boats, if you will)!


24. PB&J Swirls

PBJ Swirls

Like the Turkey and Cheese Roll-Ups, these PB&J Swirls would make a perfect addition to your poolside snack bag.


25. Tropical Chicken Salad Sliders with Pineapple Vinaigrette

Tropical Chicken Salad Sliders

Summer-ify your chicken salad with this tropical-themed slider recipe, topped with fresh slaw and pineapple vinaigrette on Martin’s Big Marty’s Rolls.


26. Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo

There’s a reason Pico De Gallo is a classic summer snack or side—it’s over-whale-mingly delicious! Especially when served up with toasted and flattened Martin’s Potato Bread.


We’re of-fish­-ally at the end of our 26 Summer Snacks that Will Float Your Boat! Let us know your favorite on social media! And, don’t forget to enter to win our Hit the Water sweepstakes prize at!



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