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