Camping Side Dishes

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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Easy And Delicious Camping Sides

You might want to really jazz up a simple grilled meat with an exciting side dish or complete a robust flavor profile of your favorite main course cuisines.

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 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

This Southwest camping 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!

I love making cold side dishes for potlucks that can be made a few days in advance like this make ahead pasta salad for camping.

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

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

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

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 honey mint syrup camping 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

If you are looking for super easy, no-cook camping side dishes, try this Mexican three bean 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!

For safe storage and transportation of sharp kitchen utensils, use knives with blade guards.

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Yummy Camping Side Dish Ideas

I like making simple camping vegetable side dishes to pair with grilled fish.

These glazed campfire carrots go really well with my soy and garlic grilled halibut.

Campfire Glazed Grilled Carrots Recipe - Camping For Foodies .com

Camping potatoes in foil 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.

Can you think of better chili dinner sides?

This Dutch oven jalapeno 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

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.

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Grilled potato wedges 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

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 campfire corn on the cob 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!

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.

These campfire veggie packets make awesome flat iron steak side dishes that can be grilled side-by-side over a campfire, charcoal or propane grill.

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!

One of our favorite Dutch oven sides to serve with soups and stews is homemade Dutch oven biscuits.

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.

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.

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Thanksgiving Camping Dinner Sides

Thanksgiving foil packets spiced potatoes are 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.

Foil Packet Grilled Spiced Potatoes - Camping For Foodies .com

One of my favorite camping sides for chicken and turkey is this orange scented 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

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.

A charcoal chimney starter is a quick and efficient tool for starting your charcoal for cooking.

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This cranberry and toasted almond 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.

Cranberry And Toasted Almond Spinach Salad - Camping For Foodies .com

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 delicious campfire 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

Dutch oven sausage 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.

This Dutch oven Latin campfire chicken 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.

Rice is an ideal side dish for fish … especially when you add interesting flavor profiles like in this one pot cast iron fish 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

Think about sauerkraut and dumplings if you are looking for really easy camping side dishes to go with pork.

This sausage sauerkraut and dumplings 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

Camping Side Dishes by CampingForFoodies features grilled glazed carrots, potatoes with peppers and onions in foil, grilled potato wedges with chipotle mayo dipping sauce and black bean and corn salad all ready to be served at the campsite with text over the image that reads camping side dishes.

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