Recipes that require time to let flavors marry are great make ahead camping meals! This Greek Tomato And Feta Pasta Salad Camping Recipe is tangy from the burst of flavor feta cheese distinctively delivers; it pairs well with a protein or a hearty sandwich.
I don’t know about you but some of our camp days are spent never leaving the campsite … others are spent on the trail taking in some of Arizona’s best scenery. When all-day hikes are part of the weekend, sacrificing flavor for dinner is NEVER an option … no matter how late we return to camp.
How To Make Greek, Tomato & Feta Camping Pasta Salad
You will start this recipe by making a super simple homemade dressing.
Whether I am making this at home or at the campsite, I like using a Salad Dressing Shaker that I can measure with and shake in … all in one container.
Alternatively, you can use a whisk in a bowl to make the dressing. You can easily combine these ingredients (olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic powder, dried basil, dried oregano, pepper, sugar) at home and refrigerate up to a week before using.
Camp Cooking Tip: When chopping the ingredients for this recipe, I like to use my Camping Flexible Cutting Mats because they are lightweight, easy to curl to funnel food into bowls, and can be hung from hooks after you clean them!
You will continue making this recipe by chopping the veggies (pepperoncini peppers, cherry tomatoes, red bell pepper and green onions) while the pasta is boiling.
Camp Cooking Tip: Many camping salads are actually better the day after you make them … giving those flavors time to marry is a good thing!
So, if you decide to prepare this camping side dish at home, you can do everything and transport the entire pasta salad in one container.
BUT, if you won’t be eating this on your first day of a multi-day trip, you may just want to prep the ingredients at home and transport them in separate food storage containers and just toss everything together right before you are ready to eat.
Make sure you have a container set that nests when not in use and has various sizes too.
When you are preparing your camping meals … especially those make-ahead camping recipes you need to transport to the campsite, make sure you employ food safety practices.
Check out our Camping Food Safety Tips Including How To Pack A Cooler For Camping post for helpful information.
Make-ahead pasta salads are perfect for easy camping lunches on busy camp trips!
They are also easy camping meals for large groups because they simply scale to feed as many people as you need.
Pairings For This Pasta Salad
Because of the Greek flavor profile in this pasta salad, a great main course is this Grilled Greek Pita Sandwich Recipe to make a complete dinner.
A lot of the pita sandwich recipe can be made ahead so you just have to grill the chicken and assemble the sandwich at camp!
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Greek Tomato And Feta Camping Pasta Salad Recipe
For the dressing
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper-ground
- 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
For the veggies
- 4 pepperoncini peppers-sliced into bite sized rings
- 10 oz. package cherry tomatoes halved
- 1/2 red bell pepper diced
- 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 3 green onions chopped
- 1/2 cup sliced Kalamata olives
For the pasta
- 6 oz. box Bowtie pasta cooked according to package directions
- Cook the pasta according to package directions.
- Make the dressing by shaking in a Salad Dressing Shaker or by whisking ingredients in large bowl. Set aside.
- Chop the veggies.
- Toss all ingredients together. Then cover and chill. These flavors get better with time so it’s great to make this the day before you are going to serve it.
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