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No Cook Camping Meals To Try!

When it comes to camping food ideas, no cooking is a great way to go. We truly love no-cook recipes even at home, but when you’re camping, hiking, or backpacking, they’re the absolute best! When you don’t have to cook anything, it makes your camp meals simple, fast, and easy. That means you don’t have to light a fire or waste any of your camp stove fuel. Plus, you’ll have more time to spend doing all the things you really want to do—like a hike, a swim, and fishing. Or maybe even absolutely nothing at all. It’s your vacation and you should be enjoying it!

Today, we’re featuring some truly terrific camping food ideas, no cooking required. So, if you don’t want to cook, we say don’t. Take it easy and try one of these instead!

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Camping Food Ideas No Cooking Breakfasts

All-American Yogurt Parfait Cups

Greek yogurt is combined with fresh fruit and crunchy granola to create these wonderful red-white-and-blue treats. They’re delicious, and nutritious, and make the perfect breakfast when you’re camping. (Sure, it’s no loaded breakfast sweet potato, but then again, what is?!) Assembly is easy, and as promised, there is no cooking required! This recipe makes two parfaits, but feel free to scale up to however many you need.

No Cooking Breakfasts
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh strawberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup Greek vanilla-flavored yogurt
  • 3/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup granola

First, begin by dicing up your strawberries into small pieces and sprinkle with the sugar. Divide half of the sugared strawberries equally into the bottom of two clear parfait cups.

Next, add ¼ cup of yogurt on top of the strawberries, and top that with half the blueberries. (At this point, you should have half of your fruit remaining to create one more layer in the cups.) Next, add all the granola—half of it on top of the blueberries in each cup.

Then, repeat with a layer of the remaining strawberries, yogurt, and finally the blueberries. When assembled, you’ll have two red, white, and blue sections divided by the granola. Serve immediately or within a few hours for the best texture.

Tips: Of course, you can use your favorite granola for this recipe or try one of our all-time faves: Cascadia Farms Oats and Honey. Or, for a convenient variation, use your favorite jam combinations in place of the fresh fruit and use plain yogurt instead to offset the additional sweetness of the jam. Indeed, yogurt is a great go-to for your camping food ideas, no cooking recipes. But if you aren’t a yogurt fan, vanilla pudding is an excellent substitute, too.

Open-faced Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Sandwiches

camping food ideas no cooking

Smoked salmon is a traditional, savory breakfast treat. If you’ve never tried it with some cream cheese on a bagel, you don’t know what you’re missing! As far as camping food ideas, no cooking goes, it’s a winning combination. But you don’t need a bagel, and you don’t have to break out the camp toaster to enjoy it either. It’s perfect as a breakfast sandwich!


First, spread a thin layer of cream cheese on a slice of bread and sprinkle it generously with herbs. (Please try the Litehouse brand we recommend at left—it’s fantastic with these and with many other dishes, too!)

Next, add a thin layer of salmon, and garnish with a few slices of fresh radish. (We like to serve these open-faced, but feel free to “put a lid on it” by adding another slice of bread spread with a little more cream cheese if you want to.)

Tip: You can use your favorite kind of bread instead of rye, and goat cheese is a delicious and tangy substitute for cream cheese as well.

Camping Food Ideas No Cooking Lunches

Salad and Leftover Wraps

Wrap sandwiches are always great whether you are camping or not. This recipe uses the convenience of a bagged salad blend and any leftover cooked meats you might have on hand. These are better than burrito wrap because there’s nothing to cook! Furthermore, we love throwing in leftover bacon from breakfast along with leftover chicken, but you can use whatever you have for this easy and delectable lunch. (And of course, all sandwiches are excellent camping food ideas no cooking options, and certainly an easy camping go-to!)



First, add a generous layer of salad greens to the center of your wrap. (We love Mission wraps and the Tomato Basil ones are soft and wonderful, but feel free to use your favorite kind!)

Next, sprinkle with cheese, tomatoes, and add your protein (which should be in bite-size pieces). Drizzle on the ranch dressing generously. Lastly, roll up securely and serve with some pickles, chips, or fruit to make it a complete no-cook meal.

Tips: Blue cheese dressing is a great alternative, especially if you have leftover steak! You can also skip the meat and enjoy this as a vegetarian meal, or use your favorite lunchmeats instead of the leftovers, too. Leftovers, in general, can be easily turned into a no cook meal! Have some leftover rice from a meal? Combine it with some leftover smoked salmon from the earlier recipe and some Furikake seasoning and make Japanese Rice Balls, aka Salmon Onigiri.

Camping Charcuterie

Charcuterie is the perfect lunch! It’s one of those camping food ideas, with no cooking conveniences that deserves to be served in the great outdoors. There’s no specific recipe for this one. so, put out an assortment of your favorite small bites and invite your fellow campers to dive in at their leisure.

Our favorite camping food no-cooking charcuterie spread includes some Italian deli meats, pieces of cheese, olives, fruit, and perhaps some veggies and dip, too. (That ranch dressing from the wrap recipe is calling to you and begging for some celery!) Add some crackers and you’re good to go. Here are some of our favorite charcuterie tidbits you might want to consider

Camping Charcuterie

Tip: Don’t want to take the time to pick out your charcuterie items yourself? Try this excellent, shelf-stable meat-n-cheese assortment from Deli Direct of Wisconsin or a box of goodies from Dan the Sausageman!

Camping Food Ideas No Cooking Dinners

Cold Fried Chicken and Sides

Does it count as a no cook camp meal as long as you didn’t have to cook it yourself? We certainly think so! Frankly, camping food ideas no cooking should always be as easy, and nothing is better than food that somebody else prepares! We honestly love to swing by our favorite drive-thru and grab a bucket of chicken when we’re on the way to our campsite.

Trust us, it goes fast, but it will keep in your cooler for days, and it’s just as good cold as hot. (Grab some of those biscuits and coleslaw, too!) This is also the perfect meal to have on your first night at camp. Setting up can be tiring, and this is a welcome, easy, and delicious reward for all that hard work.

Taco Salad

Taco salad makes an easy and very satisfying dinner meal. Plus, if you’re making some of the other camping food ideas no cooking recipes mentioned above, you might already have many of the ingredients on hand!


  • 1 bag iceberg lettuce salad blend
  • 2 cups diced, cooked chicken breast or crumbled hamburger
  • 1 (15 oz.) can of black beans, drained
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1 (8.5 oz). canned corn, drained
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese or your favorite Mexican blend
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 5-10 black olives, sliced (or a small can)
  • ½ cup Jalapeño rings, drained
  • ½ cup salsa (mild, medium, or hot – as desired)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 large bag of corn tortilla chips


Firstly, layer your ingredients in a large dish in the order that they appear on the ingredient list until you get to the salsa and sour cream. Next, drizzle those sparingly over the top but keep them available on the side in case anyone wants more.

Serve with plenty of fresh tortilla chips (We truly, love Tostitos Scoops for these!)

Tips: Any leftover cooked meat is great with this, or you could even go meatless—there’s plenty of protein in the beans. Undoubtedly, any kind of beans are a nice protein choice in many camping food ideas no cooking recipes.

Camping Food Ideas – No Cooking, No Problem!

Are you ready to not cook? The next time you go camping, spend less time behind the grill and more time relaxing and having fun! These camping food ideas no cooking recipes are designed for ease and absolutely guaranteed to please. Here are some other make-ahead recipes to make your adventure extra delicious