Easy No Cook Healthy Southwest Camping Salad Recipe

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!

Easy No Cook Healthy Southwest Camping Salad Recipe

We just love simple no cook healthy camping side dishes that provide a punch to a main course or can stand alone with a little protein added to the mix! Our Southwest flavor-packed cold camping salad is one of those easy make ahead camping recipes you can prepare at home and refrigerate up to 2 days; but it’s one of those super easy camping side dishes that can be thrown together in minutes at the campsite. It’s also a great option for camping potluck side dishes when you’re camping with a crowd! This recipe serves 4-6 as a side dish or 2-3 as a main dish, here’s how you make it! Psst we’re compensated…see our disclosures.


Southwest Camping Salad Side Dish

Mix the dressing

  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Camp Cooking Tip: One of my favorite ways to easily add a crazy amount of flavor to my camping recipes is to use the zest and juice of fresh lemons and limes. I always carry a Citrus Zester With Protective Cover and a Lemon Lime Squeezer in my camp kitchen gear box for this very reason. 😉


Citrus Zester With Protective Cover for this Easy No Cook Southwest Healthy Camping Salad Recipe one of our simple CampingForFoodies optional make ahead camping recipes, a great cold salad dish for summer camping potluck side dishes too!Citrus Zester With Protective CoverLemon Lime Squeezer for this Easy No Cook Southwest Healthy Camping Salad Recipe one of our simple CampingForFoodies optional make ahead camping recipes, a great cold salad dish for summer camping potluck side dishes too!Lemon Lime Squeezer

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Combine the salad, then toss with the dressing and serve (or refrigerate up to 2 days)

  • 2 cups frozen corn, defrosted
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 oz. queso fresco cheese, crumbled (Note: if you are doing this as one of your make ahead camping recipes, store the cheese separately and toss just before serving so it stays a nice pretty color 😉)
  • Small bunch fresh cilantro, chopped

Optional main dishes

If a cold side salad sounds like a great idea for a hot summer camping lunch this Southwest salad is a great vegetarian option … if you are looking for something more substantial for dinner, just toss in a cubed grilled chicken breast or two for a well-rounded main course and serve with a nice crusty loaf of bread.


Camping Potluck Side Dishes

This is one of my favorite side dishes to take to a camping potluck party! It is a real crowd-pleaser and ridiculously easy to scale to the size of the crowd. The Southwest flavors are fresh and bright but not overwhelming. This is one of those easy make ahead camping recipes that goes with an All-American burger or a Mexican feast! Best of all, because you can make it ahead, you get to enjoy the party!


Camp Cooking Tip: If our camping trip happens to be an extended extra-long weekend and I want to do most of my camping recipes prep at home, I will transport ingredients in separate Food Storage Containers and just toss everything together right before we are ready to eat. That way our meals are fresh (and not all soggy and gross 🤔) but I still don’t have a ton of work to do at the campsite. 😁 Make sure you have a container set that nests when not in use and has various sizes too.


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Kim Hanna

Kim Hanna is the creator of Camping For Foodies®. On her blog, http://www.CampingForFoodies.com, she shares her passion for camping, hiking and cooking as well as living a balanced yet dream-pursuing life. Kim has appeared on several local TV networks, in magazines and at live special events as the ‘Modern Society Weekend Escape Expert’ she has become…inspiring others to unplug from their hectic lives one camp recipe at a time. She believes many adults are so consumed with their 24/7 connected lives that they don’t take time to enjoy nature and live in the moment. Kim gladly issues “permission slips” to adults who request them! She is a contributor to AZ Outdoor Magazine and has her own cooking segment on the Great Food Good Neighbors TV show. Kim is a Christian and lives in Phoenix with her husband and two cats.

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