We just love no cook camping meals that give us more time for other camping activities on our busy trips.
Our Southwest flavor-packed cold camping salad is one of those easy make ahead camping meals 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.
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- 1 How To Make This Healthy Southwest Salad For Camping
- 2 Southwest Camping Salad Side Dish Can Be A Main Dish
- 3 Camping Potluck Side Dishes
- 4 Tips For Prep Ahead Camping Salads
- 5 Cold Make Ahead Salads For Camping & Food Safety
- 6 Pairings For Easy Camping Salads
- 7 Ingredients
- 8 Instructions
- 9 Recommended Products
- 10 More Yummy Camp Recipes To Try
How To Make This Healthy Southwest Salad For Camping
This recipe is a great option for camping potluck side dishes when you’re camping with a crowd but we also make it as a meatless main dish when we want fresh and light camping meals for two.
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 CoverLemon Lime Squeezer
Southwest Camping Salad Side Dish Can Be A Main Dish
If a cold salad sounds like a great idea for hot summer easy camping lunches, this Southwest salad is one of our great vegetarian camping recipes options.
In addition, it is GF … perfect for those with dietary restrictions, check out all of our gluten free camping food.
If you are looking for something more substantial for meat lovers 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 and eat it with a fork … or … stuff it in a tortilla and eat it as a wrap!
Camping Potluck Side Dishes
This is one of my favorite camping salads 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! Just make sure you don’t mix in the cheese and corn until right before you are ready to serve … they will stay a nice bright color that way.
Tips For Prep Ahead Camping Salads
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. For this particular salad, I prepare the dressing and salad ingredients and refrigerate in separate containers. I toss everything together right before we are ready to eat. If you toss the cheese and corn in too early the color gets ugly … the bright colors begin to take on the color of the dressing and those bright colors turn dingy and unappetizing.
Make sure you have a container set that nests when not in use and has various sizes too. This is how I keep our meals fresh (and not all soggy and gross) but I still don’t have a ton of work to do at the campsite.
Rubbermaid Easy Find Vented Lids Food Storage Container Set
Cold Make Ahead Salads For Camping & Food Safety
When you have make ahead camping recipes on your camping menu, make sure you keep everyone healthy by employing our Camping Food Safety Tips because no matter how easy it is to make your food at home, it is never easy rushing to the emergency room because a camper got food poisoning!
The two most important things are maintaining a safe temperature in your refrigerator or cooler and avoiding cross-contamination with raw meats.
Pairings For Easy Camping Salads
I love serving a cold side salad with grilled meats like this Grilled Flat Iron Camping Steak Recipe that uses a quick homemade marinade to tenderize a pretty tough cut of meat, making it tender and juicy.
Sandwiches are always nice with a side salad that isn’t just plain lettuce. Try a hot sandwich like this easy Pastrami Reuben Sandwich.
On really hot summer camp trips, we want to eat entirely cold meals so this Southwest salad is the perfect side to our Basil And Prosciutto Sandwich.
Print This Easy No Cook Healthy Southwest Camping Salad Recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
- 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
- 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
- Small bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
- Mix the dressing ingredients.
- Combine the salad, then toss with the dressing and serve. (NOTE: If you want to make this salad in advance, combine the dressing ingredients and refrigerate up to 2 days. You can also combine the corn, onion, beans and cilantro in a separate container and refrigerate up to 2 days. Then toss the dressing, salad and cheese just before serving so they stay a pretty color).
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 258Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 487mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 7gSugar: 11gProtein: 10g