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Camping Cuisine – Pasta Salad

Camping Cuisine - Pasta SaladWe headed to the mountains this past weekend and spent four wonderful (rain-free) days camping with our friends. I have gone camping my entire life and enjoy it immensely. I love everything about it… coming up with delicious camp food recipes, sleeping in my tent, watching my kids make smores, and sitting by the fire. I also love camp cooking, yes, I said camp cooking. My wonderful in-laws gave us a “camp kitchen” for Christmas two years ago and it is the GREATEST camping gadget–EVER (thank you, Bud & Fran). It gives me all the workspace I need plus a place to organize my food, spices, and dishes.

Camping Cuisine - Pasta Salad
My outdoor kitchen

This pasta salad was really tasty! I served it with a chicken teriyaki burger and fresh cherries. It was a delicious dinner that the kids, as well as the adults, enjoyed and it really hit the spot after a long day of playing outside. The pasta was light, fresh, easy to make, and tasted so good. Not bad for camp food!

Camping Cuisine – Pasta Salad:


  • Rotini (or pasta of choice), cooked per instructions
  • A handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 large cucumber, seeded & diced
  • 1/4 sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • Feta cheese
  • Fresh basil, chopped
  • Fran’s Simple Vinaigrette (click here for the recipe)
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

How to Make Pasta Salad

Cook pasta per instructions, drain, and cool.

Once the pasta has cooled, add the cherry tomato halves, cucumber, onion, bell pepper, feta cheese, and basil then mix thoroughly. Slowly add the vinaigrette and toss to coat evenly. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Taste and add more dressing as needed.

Camping Cuisine - Pasta Salad

I served this salad with a Chicken Teriyaki Burger with Grilled Pineapple (click here for the recipe) and it was an excellent combination.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe

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  1. I’m very jealous of your camp kitchen. I used to do living history years ago and would have loved to have something like that to make the chore of feeding the masses much easier. The pasta salad looks lovely…I’ll have to give it a try. Any suggestions on a substitute for the feta? Everyone in my house calls it stinky sock cheese and refuses to eat it. Sad, because I love the stuff. Glad to hear

  2. Mickie,

    I love my camp kitchen…it makes camping so much more fun for the cook. Instead of feta try chunks of cheddar,jack or mozzarella.


  3. Great kitchen. I don’t do a huge amount of camping any more, but always enjoyed cooking al fresco the to sit back and enjoy accompanied by a glass of delicious fruity red!

  4. I love your camp kitchen. We love to camp but haven’t found much time this summer. This pasta salad sounds great.

  5. Thanks for stoping by diningfortwo and leaving the kind words.
    This pasta salad looks yummy! Pasta salad like this is one of my favorite foods. It is going on my “to do” list in the kitchen!

  6. Wow! Look at that camp kitchen! What an awesome gift! And your camping meal is definitely way beyond typical beans and weenies round the campfire! That salad sounds so good, especially with the addition of feta. And, gosh, look at those cherries! Don’t let my hubby know you provide meals like this while camping!!!

  7. I love your camp kitchen! We don’t camp, but if we did, I’d totally want one of those!

    And you are reading my mind–first chicken and biscuits, now this salad–two of my all time faves!