29+ Easy Camping Side Dishes You’re Gonna Love!

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!

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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!

1. Refrigerator Cucumber Salad

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!

Refrigerator Cucumber Salad by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping bowl on a tree stump filled with cold sliced vegetables including green English cucumbers, red onions and red bell peppers tossed in a simple homemade dressing with fresh dill.
Refrigerator Cucumber Salad by CampingForFoodies

2. Potato Salad With Bacon And Chives

This make ahead camping potato salad is always a crowd-pleaser. It actually tastes better after the flavors meld a day or two.

Potato Salad With Bacon And Chives Make Ahead Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies

Continue the bacon theme by making this Bacon Basil Tomato Ciabatta Sandwich Recipe as your main dish.


3. Southwest Salad

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!

Easy No Cook Healthy Southwest Camping Salad Recipe by CampingForFoodies is one of our simple optional make ahead camping recipes that is fast enough to make at the campsite and is a great cold side salad for summer camping, great vegetarian lunch or hearty camping dinner by adding a little protein and great for camping potluck side dishes too!

4. Greek Tomato And Feta Pasta Salad

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.

Greek Tomato And Feta Camping Pasta Salad by CampingForFoodies

5. Polish Potato Salad Recipe

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.

Polish Potato Salad Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a bowl of fresh potato salad tossed in a light yellow colored dressing made from mustard and mayonnaise along with freshly chopped onion, celery and hard boiled eggs then sprinkled with deep red paprika.
Polish Potato Salad Recipe by CampingForFoodies

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.

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No Cook Side Dishes For Camping

6. Panzanella Salad

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.

No Cook Camping Recipe Panzanella Salad by CampingForFoodies

7. Honey Mint Syrup Camping Fruit Salad

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.

Fresh Summer Fruit Tossed in Honey Mint Syrup from Camping For Foodies

8. Mexican Three Bean Salad

If you are looking for super easy, no-cook camping side dishes, try this salad. What is amazing is that this salad is one of our camping food recipes no refrigeration required so you don’t need cold food storage space for the ingredients used in this recipe.

Mexican Three Bean Salad Camping Recipe With Food Requiring No Refrigeration And No Cooking by CampingForFoodies

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.

If you want ideas for more no cook camping meals, check these out!

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Yummy On-Site Camping Side Dish Ideas

9. Dutch Oven Potatoes Au Gratin

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.

Dutch Oven Potatoes Au Gratin by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron camp Dutch oven filled with yellow, golden brown melted cheese and a creamy sauce with potato slices.
Dutch Oven Potatoes Au Gratin by CampingForFoodies

10. Burnt Broccoli Recipe

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.

Burnt Broccoli Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a plate full of charred broccoli that is sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and ready to be served at the campsite.
Burnt Broccoli Recipe by CampingForFoodies

11. Smoked Green Beans

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!

Smoked Green Beans by CampingForFoodies features a cast iron skillet filled with green beans, bacon, onions and garlic that have been smoked in a portable pellet grill and are ready to be served at the campsite.
Smoked Green Beans by CampingForFoodies

12. Broccoli Sunshine Salad

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.

Broccoli Sunshine Salad by CampingForFoodies features a bowl filled with a colorful salad with green broccoli, red onion, crispy brown bacon, sweet raisins and sunflower seeds all tossed in a simple homemade dressing ready to be served at the campsite.
Broccoli Sunshine Salad by CampingForFoodies

13. Dutch Oven Baked Beans

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.

Dutch Oven Baked Beans Cast Iron 5-Bean Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron camp Dutch oven filled with five types of beans in a homemade sauce being stirred with wooden spoons as steam rises from the pot. This baked beans with hamburger and bacon recipe is ready to be served at the campsite.
Dutch Oven Baked Beans Cast Iron 5-Bean Recipe by CampingForFoodies

14. Glazed Campfire Carrots

I like making simple camping vegetable side dishes to pair with grilled fish. These carrots go really well with my Soy And Garlic Grilled Halibut.

Campfire Glazed Grilled Carrots Recipe - Camping For Foodies .com

15. Camping Potatoes In Foil

These potatoes are some of our favorite camping sides for steak that you can make in one single foil packet to feed the entire family. Get more ideas to make entire campfire meals in foil!

Camping Potatoes by CampingForFoodies features a camping side dish that is sitting in an opened foil packet ready to be served that includes sliced potatoes and green bell peppers seasoned with garlic and butter with text over the image that reads camping potatoes.

16. Dutch Oven Jalapeno Cornbread

Can you think of better chili dinner sides? This cornbread is slightly sweet because of the corn and mildly spicy because of the jalapeno pepper making it a great pairing for a hot bowl of Campfire Chili.

Campfire Dutch Oven Jalapeno Cornbread Camping Recipe perfect for outdoor cooking and a side dish for your camping meals

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17. Dutch Oven Cornbread

Want a more classic-flavored corn bread? Try this one that uses cornmeal and creamed canned corn. It is easy, quick and delicious.

Dutch Oven Cornbread by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron Dutch oven filled with a freshly baked recipe of golden-brown cornbread, set on the ground to cool, waiting to be served at the campsite.
Dutch Oven Cornbread by CampingForFoodies

18. Grilled Potato Wedges

Faux french fries make the perfect camping burger sides you can grill at the same time over a campfire, charcoal grill or propane camp stove with a grill pan. Get more of our simple camping grill recipes for your entire meal.

Grilled Potato Wedges Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies

19. Campfire Corn On The Cob

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.

Grilled Sweet Corn with Basil Butter – Camping For Foodies .com

There are so many yummy campfire recipes that are fun to make while cooking over an open flame!


20. Campfire Veggie Packets

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.

Campfire Vegetables by CampingForFoodies features a foil pack of cooked vegetables including broccoli, carrots, cherry tomatoes and garlic ready to be served at the campsite and text over the image that reads campfire vegetables.

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!


21. Dutch Oven Biscuits

One of our favorite Dutch oven sides to serve with soups and stews is homemade biscuits. Get more simple recipes to make Dutch oven baked goods on your camping trips.

Dutch Oven Biscuits by CampingForFoodies features 9 freshly baked golden brown biscuits that are nestled in a black cast iron Dutch oven at the campsite ready to be served with text over image that reads Dutch oven biscuits.

Use a Dutch oven lid lifter to turn your oven and lid in opposite directions throughout the cooking time for even baking.

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Thanksgiving Camping Dinner Sides

22. Thanksgiving Foil Packets Spiced Potatoes

These individual packets making the perfect potato side dishes for a camping couple or large crowds. Get more ideas to make yummy camping meals for two.


23. Orange Scented Cranberry Sauce

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!

Orange Scented Cranberry Sauce - Camping For Foodies .com

24. Dutch Oven Stuffing

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.

Dutch Oven Classic Sage Sausage Dressing - Camping For Foodies .com

See our entire menu and get all the recipes to make our camping Thanksgiving dinner.

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25. Cranberry And Toasted Almond Spinach Salad

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.

26. Campfire Stew

This delicious beef stew features carrots and potatoes with the meat in a fantastic tomato-based sauce. This camping stew is so warm and hearty, it is one of our favorite winter camping recipes for cold weather trips!

Campfire Stew Dutch Oven Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies

27. Dutch Oven Sausage

This is an awesome one pot dinner that includes the side dish with brats that includes onions, peppers and potatoes.

Dutch Oven Sausage Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a one pot camping meal that is ready to be served at the campsite and includes browned beer brats over onions, peppers and potatoes in a delicious beef broth with text over the image that reads Dutch oven sausage camping recipe.

28. Dutch Oven Latin Campfire Chicken

This recipe only takes 15 minutes to prep and the meal includes chicken, sweet potatoes and black beans all in one pot! See all of our Dutch oven camping recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert!

Latin Campfire Chicken by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron camp Dutch oven in a campfire ring setting on a cooking grate filled with cooked chicken, sweet potatoes, red bell pepper, black beans and cilantro ready for serving at the campsite with a roaring campfire in the background with text over the image that reads Latin campfire chicken.

29. One Pot Cast Iron Fish

Rice is an ideal side dish for fish … especially when you add interesting flavor profiles like in this recipe that has Spanish flavor influences. If you like fishing on your camping trips, this is one of our easy camping meals you can make with fresh fish!

One Pot Camping Cast Iron Fish Recipe - Camping For Foodies .com

30. Sausage Sauerkraut And Dumplings

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.

Sausage Sauerkraut Dutch Oven Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies is a meal ready to be served on a blue camping plate with sliced smoked sausage along with sauerkraut, dumplings, mustard and pickles with a background of a camp dutch oven filled with more food ready to be served with text over the image reading sausage sauerkraut and dumplings.

More Camping Food Options

Enjoy every single meal of your trips!

If you’re looking for awesome ideas for yummy camping food, you’re in the right place!

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