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Camping and campfires usually go really well together. However on hot summer days, sometimes cold salads can taste really good. So if you are looking for some easy camping recipes without having to cook everything on your trip, then take a look at these easy salad recipes for camping.
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Camping during the summer months can get tricky with fire restrictions. So these easy to make delicious salads are the perfect go-to recipes for a no cooking alternative. Most of these you can make head of time and store in a cooler or refrigerator. And some even recommend it.
Salads can be a main dish or a side dish. They make great options for a delicious lunch of dinner. And all of these ingredients can be picked up at your local grocery store and need little or no prep. You just need some basic supplies like plate, cutting board, pot, large bowl, ziploc bag, sharp knife and serving spoon.
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These easy camping meals are a great idea for your next camping trip, road trip or even if you are staying in a hotel room. Remember this: some of the easiest meals to make are the best meals!
Fresh cut cold watermelon tastes amazing on a hot day! And this simple recipe with just a few ingredients makes the perfect side dish. It is a family favorite in the summer. And you can enjoy some leftover watermelon the next day as a snack or in a fresh fruit salad.
This is a great recipe is you love sweet corn! Grilled corn on the cob is a summer essential, but this is even better. With fresh corn, cotija cheese, mayo, lime juice, smoked paprika and cilantro. It's traditional to eat it on the cob, but you can also make it a salad. And best of all, this dish doesn't take a lot of time and is so good!
If you are looking for a go-to quinoa salad, then you are in luck. This could be one of your best camping recipes yet! It is simple, healthy and delicious. And it's also gluten free, dairy free and nut free. Just toss all the ingredients together in your camp kitchen or make it ahead of time. And you have a delicious salad that can be served as a side or a meal.
Anything that has fresh tomatoes, feta cheese and kalamata olives is a favorite of mine. This recipe also includes cucumber, bell pepper, red onion and mint leaves. To make it more of a meal you can add some chick peas or serve it with fresh baked bread. The key to this salad is getting perfect ripe tomatoes.
This easy to make pasta salad recipe is ready to eat in just 20 minutes. It can be served at room temperature, however it is recommended to make a day in advance and store in the refrigerator so the flavors really come out. You can also substitute or add a different variety of vegetables if you prefer to mix it up. It is the perfect meal for a warm summer day.
This salad is always a favorite at summer picnics and BBQs so why not camping. If you have never tried this, I highly recommend making it. It is a good idea to make this salad ahead of time. And a fun way to get in some veggies. If you prefer a no meat option, you can leave out the crispy bacon bites. Also, in a crunch, store bought poppy seed dressing is an easy way to substitute the dressing.
The possibilities are endless with a mason jar salad. And you know what's so great about them? They are all prepped in advance so when you are ready to eat, just pull it out of the cooler, shake and serve! They make a great camping salad because they wont get soggy if you make them correctly. And because they are single serving, everybody can use favorite ingredients and create their own.
This simple delicious salad contains just a few ingredients. You will need heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil, sugar, salt and balsamic glaze. Make sure not to skip the sugar step, it cuts the acidity of the tomato and balances the flavor. I love this dish and could eat it as a meal, however it's probably best as a side.
No need to miss out on Mexican night when you are camping. These healthy, flavorful and easy to make fish taco bowls are a hit. You could substitute the fish for another meat if you prefer. Serve with some chips and salsa and maybe a margarita and you have a perfect Mexican meal!
The key to a great egg salad is a perfect hard boiled egg. There are a few methods, just make sure the yolk doesnt have a grey ring, that means its over cooked. This recipe calls for celery and green onion but you could substitue for relish. And I always like to spray a little truffle oil on mine to give it some added flavor, especially if I serve it on a bed of spinach.
This is more than your average chicken salad with juicy grapes and slivered almonds. The recipe calls for fresh cooked chicken but you can substitute with canned chicken. You can serve this salad as a sandwich on your favorite bread or on a bed of greens topped with light dressings of your choice. Either way I think you will love it!
If you need a vegan or another gluten free dinner option, this is good one. Made with creamy peanut sauce this healthy and delicious and filling meal can be made at the campsite or ahead of time. Spice it up with some roasted peanuts, chili flakes, cilantro and lime. This noodle salad has all the colors of the rainbow. It looks so pretty you may not want to eat it.
This creamy cucumber salad is made with cucumbers, red onion, sour cream, dill, lemon juice and garlic. It makes the perfect side salad to grilled meats such as hot dogs, brats, grilled chicken or steak. It can be made up to 2 hours before served. So this one is better not prepared too far in advance. This salad might surprise, so give it a chance.
When we were kids, I think my mom made us a scaled down version of this because we were so picky. It was apples, banana and miracle whip. And let me tell you, we absolutely loved it. With this recipe you can also add other ingredients like mimi marshmallows, dates and cranberries. It is best if you can make it the night before to let it chill. As an adult I now love all the flavors that go into this fun fruit salad.
This fruit salad can be a sweet side salad or even fits into the dessert recipes category. Allow the fruit salad to soak in the sauce for a few hours before serving to get the best flavor. Afterwards, scoop out in small dishes and serve. And you will have a lovely dessert.
You can always make these salads a little more hearty adding some grilled chicken, beef, fish or even tofu. So if you aren’t traveling in an RV like we are, make sure to pack your camp stove and grill.
With camping season and summer right around the corner. I hope you find this list really helpful and you get to make a few of these salad recipes for camping. Please comment below. I would love to hear your feedback.
So are you ready to get the camp kitchen and picnic table set up so you can enjoy some great food?