When you are planning your menu and deciding which camping food items you want to include, consider the entire meal. We often focus on the main course, but the sides you serve are important to round out the full meal. Here are some of the best easy camping side dishes you’re gonna love!
Make Ahead Camping Side Dishes
When you think of the most popular make-ahead summer side dishes do potato salads come to mind? This popular cold dish seems to make it on every picnic table for every summer holiday!
This fresh & easy salad tastes like summer in a bowl! The veggies are nestled in a simple homemade dressing for at least 6 hours. It’s better to let the flavors marry for a day or two, so, it’s the perfect make-ahead side dish for your next trip!
This salad is a black bean and corn side dish that can be made two days in advance of when you are going to eat it. And, if you are headed to a party, it is one of the best camping potluck side dishes because it is easy to scale for larger crowds and it is always a big hit!
I love making cold side dishes for potlucks that can be made a few days in advance like this make ahead pasta salad. This is one of those recipes that actually tastes better after the flavors have time to marry for a day or two.
This easy retro side is great for grilled meats and sandwiches. The tender potatoes are tossed with hard boiled eggs, onion and celery in a simple homemade sauce.
Get more easy make ahead camping meals that include “dump and cook” and “dump and reheat” recipes.
Make sure you transport them to the campsite in food containers with tight-fitting lids.
No Cook Side Dishes For Camping
This hearty panzanella salad is a great option for Italian side dishes but is substantial enough to serve as a main course for a heavy lunch or light dinner.
When you are looking for really good summer sides for grilling, try a fresh fruit salad. No cooking is required and the flavor in this fruit salad is amazing! It goes really well with a simple grilled hot dog, burger or brat.
This salad is filled with protein and is one of our really satisfying vegetarian camping recipes that can be served as a cold side salad or wrapped in a tortilla for a main course.
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Yummy On-Site Camping Side Dish Ideas
These cheesy potatoes take a little extra time and effort but the finished dish is WORTH IT! It’s a rich and creamy side dish perfect for large families.
This easy parmesan crusted campfire broccoli starts with a super simple homemade marinade, combines lemon and Parmesan cheese, and is grilled to perfection over a campfire or camp grill.
If you use a portable pellet grill smoker and you like southern green beans, you need to try this recipe! The green beans, bacon, onions and garlic all get smoked in a cast iron skillet while your main meat dish is being smoked at the same time!
This salad combines crispy, crumbled bacon with fresh broccoli and a simple homemade dressing. It’s the perfect pairing for quick sandwiches and grilled meats.
This cast iron 5-bean baked bean recipe features hamburger, bacon and five different beans in a simple homemade sauce. It pairs well with hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches and ribs.
When you are baking with your Dutch oven, this handy Dutch oven temperature chart will help you determine how many coals you need to maintain specific oven temperatures.
Use a Dutch oven carry bag to transport and store your Dutch oven and the accessories all in one place.
Want a more classic-flavored corn bread? Try this one that uses cornmeal and creamed canned corn. It is easy, quick and delicious.
One of our favorite summertime campfire side dishes is making corn in the husks over a campfire. When corn is at its peak season, we often serve this corn as a stand-alone meal.
There are so many yummy campfire recipes that are fun to make while cooking over an open flame!
When you are thinking of making healthy camping side dishes, just throw your favorite vegetables in a foil pouch and steam them alongside your main course.
Our Grilled Flat Iron Camping Steak Recipe starts with a simple marinade that produces a sweet and savory blend of flavors that are out of this world!
Use a Dutch oven lid lifter to turn your oven and lid in opposite directions throughout the cooking time for even baking.
Thanksgiving Camping Dinner Sides
One of my favorite camping sides for chicken and turkey is this cranberry sauce. We always serve it on Thanksgiving but it pairs well as a slightly sweet and tart accompaniment to plain grilled meats. You only need 4 simple ingredients to make one of the best camp stove recipes for the holiday and beyond!
One of our favorite Dutch oven Thanksgiving sides is this classic sage sausage Dutch oven stuffing. We make this dressing separate from the turkey providing lots of options for how you want to cook the bird for your big meal.
This spinach salad is an easy side salad that goes well with a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner. I love using fresh leaf spinach rather than a delicate lettuce because it stays fresher longer in camp coolers.
Get tips on keeping camping veggies fresh during your trips.
One Pot Camping Meals With Sides Included
The most quick and easy side dishes for camping are the ones you make in the pot with the main course.
This is an awesome one pot dinner that includes the side dish with brats that includes onions, peppers and potatoes.
Think about sauerkraut and dumplings if you are looking for really easy camping side dishes to go with pork. This recipe is a 3 ingredient meal that will be on your table in 20 minutes! This is one of our fastest camping dinner recipes we make on action-packed camp days when we are busy with lots of activities that don’t include cooking.
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Enjoy every single meal of your trips!