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!
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 no-fuss side dish makes a great meal when paired with easy camping recipes like sandwiches and wraps. This is one of the best ways to make a really fast dinner after a long day on the hiking trail.
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!
If I have leftovers of this recipe, I like to use it to make burritos. Try making a great breakfast burrito by spooning some salad on a tortilla then topping with scrambled eggs. Serve this savory option along with French toasts for a sweet and salty combination.
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.
The simple olive oil-based homemade dressing is tossed with veggies, feta cheese, green onions, Kalamata olives and bowtie pasta. A great way to use leftovers is by adding cubed grilled chicken and serving as a quick lunch.
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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.
Cold salads are great options when you want the convenience of make-ahead meals on your trips. The last thing you want to do is work all day in your camp kitchen when the whole family is out exploring!
These Dutch Oven French Dip Sandwiches make a great main dish. You prepare the raw ingredients at home and freeze in a plastic food storage bag. Defrost at camp then just “dump and cook” using a Dutch oven over an open fire or in a large frying pan over a camp stove. This is an easy way to have a hot meal that requires less time at camp. Try them the next time you need a quick hot meal.
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.
The combination of orange, lemon and lime juice provide a nice sweet and tangy flavor while the fresh mint adds the perfect finishing touch. If you include bananas, make sure you add them at the last minute so they don’t turn brown and get too soggy.
The perfect breakfast allows you to stay in your sleeping bag as long as you want! This salad makes an easy camping breakfast on its own, but, pairs well as a side dish for a simple fried egg too.
If you have leftovers, try serving as one of your camping dessert recipes. It’s a nice change from roasted marshmallows and melted chocolate sandwiched between graham crackers! You can jazz it up by mixing a little powdered sugar and cream cheese, spreading it on a slice of pound cake and topping with a heaping spoon of this fruit.
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.
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. The heavy cream, garlic, bacon, onions and potatoes are topped with Parmesan and cheddar cheese. Kids and adults love this casserole!
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!
If you want to prepare this ahead, cook the pasta and mix it with the cheese mixture. Then, spray foil pan with cooking spray and spoon the mac & cheese into the pan and cover with aluminum foil. Store in refrigerator and transport to the campsite. Remove the pan from your refrigerator or cooler and let it get to room temperature. Then, bake at 350 F degrees till bubbly.
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. If you have leftovers, top with a little butter and maple syrup or honey and enjoy for dessert!
Want to make cleanup super simple? Use parchment paper liners! You don’t have to go through the extra cost of buying pre-made liners. Check out our VIDEO to learn how to use Dutch oven liners and make your own for pennies!
Faux French fries make the perfect camping burger sides you can grill at the same time over a campfire, charcoal grill or propane camping stove with a grill pan. My Chipotle Mayonnaise Recipe takes these fries to the next level!
Get more of our simple camping grill recipes for your entire meal.
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.
If you’re feeling like you need a little more international tasting version, make a Mexican street corn by slathering the charred corn with a sauce made from combining a bit of sour cream, mayo, cotija cheese, garlic, cilantro, lime zest and juice.
There are so many yummy campfire recipes that are fun to make while cooking over an open flame!
You can do all the prep work at home so the only thing you have to do at camp is cook the foil pack over hot coals. Just prepare the veggies and pile in the center of the tin foil sheet then add the butter, salt and pepper. Seal the packet and refrigerate it until you’re ready to cook at camp.
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!
I like serving these fast, cheesy and delicious fries with easy grilled hot dogs or burgers. There is no-mess and zero clean-up with foil packets.
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.
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.
In addition to pairing well with meat, this is the perfect side dish for campfire pizza.
29. Tomato Sauced Potatoes
Italian-style big fan taste buds love adding this dish to a classic American turkey meal. In a large pot, sauté some onions and garlic in a bit of olive oil. Mix in cubed potatoes, tomato sauce, dried herbs, salt and pepper. Then add enough water to cover the potato mixture. Cover and cook over low heat until the potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes.
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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