Do we, by any chance, hold the monopoly on sudden hunger pangs? Picture this: you’re frolicking at the campsite, and out of the blue, the noonday hunger strikes. While the allure of an endless array of camp snacks beckons, planning a solid lunch during outdoor escapades is paramount. It ensures you won’t find yourself grappling with hunger pangs amidst a day filled with adventure.
These creative camping lunch ideas are swiftly prepared and packed, allowing you to spend less time by the stove and more time reveling in the great outdoors. Whether you’re camping with family and friends or embarking on a solo journey, these uncomplicated camping lunch inspirations will keep you satiated and brimming with vitality throughout the day.
Tacos reign supreme as one of the simplest camping meals! There are myriad ways to concoct them, catering to the varied moods of everyone in your group.
Adult Lunch Box
For those gearing up for a hiking expedition or planning an entire day by the lake, consider packing these adult versions of a “lunch box” snack pack! We’ve curated two distinct styles: a classic ensemble featuring meats, cheese, and crackers, and mini pizzas. Here’s what each box entails:
Meats, Cheese, and Crackers
- Delicate crackers
- Sliced cheese
- Smoked turkey slices
- Cooked ham slices
- Assorted nuts
- Dried apricots
- Seedless grapes
- Indian flatbread (alternatively, use thin sandwich bread or English muffins)
- Tomato sauce
- Shredded mozzarella or an Italian cheese blend
- Spicy sausage/salami
- Panzanella salad
Turkey and Swiss Roll
The turkey and Swiss cheese corn roll is a quick and delightful lunch option that’s effortlessly portable! Commence by laying out a corn roll and spreading a thin layer of mustard and mayonnaise. Evenly add turkey slices, Swiss cheese, lettuce, and tomato slices. Roll up the wrap, pinch the sides tightly, then cut it in half.
Cheese Corn Cake
The cheese corn cake is a straightforward camping lunch, perfect for the younger campers. Heat a skillet or pan on a camp stove or grill over medium heat. Place a corn cake in the pan, sprinkle with shredded cheese (such as cheddar or Monterey Jack), and add fillings like cooked chicken, beans, or sautéed vegetables. Fold the corn cake in half, covering the fillings, and cook until the bottom is golden brown. Carefully flip and cook until the other side is golden brown. Once the cheese is melted, remove the cheese corn cake from the heat, let it cool slightly, then cut it into pieces and serve with salsa or sour cream.
Caesar Salad Wrap
Craft a lunch-sized Caesar salad featuring grilled chicken! Bring along some romaine lettuce, a bottle of Caesar dressing, and some croutons. Chop the grilled chicken, mix everything together, and fashion a simple yet delectable wrap.
Construct an elegant and fulfilling lunch platter! Utilize a cutting board or a sizable plate and arrange an array of meats, such as salami, prosciutto, and spicy sausage. Incorporate a variety of cheeses—consider slicing or cubing them for ease of snacking. Hard and semi-hard cheeses like cheddar, Gouda, Manchego, and pepper jack are ideal for transport. Toss in some crackers, olives, pickles, nuts, and sliced fruits for added vibrancy and variety.
Grilled BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich
This vegetarian rendition of a grilled BBQ sandwich is an excellent lunch choice. While a traditional grilled BBQ sandwich entails hours of slow roasting, this version is ready in just 20 minutes. Check out our recipe for a grilled BBQ jackfruit sandwich!
Greek Salad Wrap
The Greek salad wrap is a refreshing and healthful lunch! Commence by dicing your veggies: cucumber, tomatoes, red onions, and bell peppers. Toss the vegetables with pitted Kalamata olives and crumbled feta cheese in a bowl. Use store-bought Greek salad dressing or concoct your own by adding olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, and dried oregano to a glass jar, seal, and shake vigorously. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss. It makes for a perfect light lunch, or pair it with grilled chicken or steak for added substance.
Egg Roll Sandwich
Fashioning an egg roll sandwich is remarkably simple! Grab a tortilla or a thin flatbread, spread your preferred fillings like cheese, smoked ham, and veggies, then roll it up and slice it into bite-sized spirals. Voilà—fun and tasty egg roll sandwiches ready to go!
Foie Gras Sandwich
A foie gras sandwich might exude luxury, but fear not, it’s surprisingly easy to whip up. All you need is some toasted bread, quality foie gras, a dollop of jam, and fresh veggies. Slather the foie gras on the toasted bread, add a layer of jam and veggies, then crown it with another slice of toasted bread. A thoughtfully crafted foie gras sandwich will add a touch of indulgence to your camping lunch.
While making sushi rolls may require a smidgen of skill, once mastered, they become the pièce de résistance of your camping lunch. Prepare some cooked rice, seaweed sheets, and an assortment of fillings like fish or vegetables. Roll your favorite sushi combinations right in your tent for a fun and delectable camping experience!
Thai rolls are a scrumptious handheld lunch option that’s perfect for camping. Prepare rice paper, grilled meat or shrimp, fresh vegetables, peanut sauce, and chili sauce. Soak the rice paper in warm water, lay it flat, add veggies and grilled meat or shrimp, then roll it up for delicious Thai rolls.
Sweet and Spicy Chicken Roll
The sweet and spicy chicken roll is a simple yet flavorful lunch choice. Spread sweet and spicy sauce on a thin flatbread, add grilled chicken chunks, chopped lettuce, and vegetables. Roll the flatbread into a log, cut it in half, and relish the flavorful sweet and spicy chicken roll.
Mexican Corn Cake Wrap
The Mexican corn cake wrap is a lunch bursting with Mexican flavors. Place shredded beef, avocado, salsa, lettuce, and sliced peppers on a corn cake. Fold or roll it, and you’re ready to savor the taste of Mexico.
Cordyceps Flower Chicken Roll
For those seeking unique flavors, the cordyceps flower chicken roll might be a good choice. Heat a tortilla on a hot griddle, then add cordyceps flower chicken, lettuce, bell peppers, and yogurt. Roll the tortilla into a log and enjoy the exotic taste.
Classic American Sandwich
A classic American sandwich is always a good option for a camping lunch. Use toast or a baguette, and layer ham, turkey, veggies, cheese, and mayonnaise. Combine all the ingredients and gently close with another slice of toast or baguette. You’ve got yourself a delicious classic American sandwich!
Grilled Chicken Salad Wrap
The grilled chicken salad wrap is a light and tasty lunch. Cut grilled chicken into small pieces, add salad greens, grapes, nuts, and some grapes. Season with yogurt or mayonnaise, then wrap the mixture in a thin flatbread for a refreshing and delicious grilled chicken salad wrap.
Mexican Chicken Roll
The Mexican chicken roll is a flavorful and satisfying lunch option. Spread refried beans on a tortilla, add shredded chicken, salsa, cheese, and diced tomatoes. Roll it up into a burrito, and you have a delightful Mexican chicken roll.
So, grab your cooler, camping stove, and a medley of ingredients, and get ready to savor some quick and delicious meals on your next camping adventure. These creative ideas are sure to become your go-to lunches for all future camping trips!