This salad is a staple for any of our camping trips. But, I often make it at home as well. In fact, the first time I had this salad, was on my first camping trip in Israel. It’s served on camping trips, military drills, and many meals at home. It’s often made out in the field by Israeli soldiers. And as a former IDF soldier, I make it often, at home and especially while camping.
The reason why this salad is great for camping is that the ingredients don’t require a fridge. It’s simple, easy to make, and can be eaten as a side or a meal. It’s so good, that I even included it in my recent “5 Ingredient Camping Cookbook”. It’s also used as a side in my Shawarma Sandwiches, which was featured in my “Castiron Camping Cookbook”.
Even though this salad is good just the way it is, you can add all sorts of things to it. I often will eat it on a toasted bagel with cream cheese or scrambled eggs. Or, I’ll add green olives or feta or tuna. However I eat it though, it’s one of my easiest camping meals. It makes a perfect vegan camping meal or no-cook camping meal. I often will choose this as an option when there are fire restrictions.
Easy Chopped Salad for Camping “Salat Katzutz” or “Salat Aravi”
This easy salad only takes a few minutes to make. It's perfect for camping because it is quick and the ingredients don't require refrigeration. It's a very traditional Israeli dish, served often. Make it a meal or a side dish.
- 2 medium ripe tomatoes
- 2 medium cucumbers
- 1 large lemon
- 1/2 small red onion
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- black pepper
Chop all of the tomatoes, cucumbers, and onion into small pieces. Place the chopped vegetables into a bowl.
Juice the lemon and add the lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste to the vegetables.
Combine well and serve.
For other options, you can add the following to this salad: bell pepper, yellow pepper, cilantro, green onions, feta cheese, thinly shredded lettuce or cabbage, kalamata or green olives, rice, tabouli, chopped pepperoni, avocado, couscous, quinoa, boiled eggs or tuna. Add it to sandwiches or bagels or serve as a side.
Even though this is a very simple salad, it is very filling. It’s also very versatile too. Try adding some of these optional ingredients:
- Bell pepper
- Hard-boiled egg
- Green onion
- Feta cheese
- Cheddar Cheese
- Shredded lettuce
- Shredded cabbage
- Diced chicken
- Cottage cheese
What’s nice about making this salad for camping is that the ingredients keep really well. I have even taken the ingredients backpacking as well. It’s light and fresh.
Even though you can eat this just as a meal, I will add it as a side or “ingredient” as well. It’s really great served next to scrambled eggs or meat. I will also eat it on a bagel or a piece of toast with cream cheese.
If you were thinking that the bowl in the mixture was cool, it is my favorite camping bowl. This bowl comes in many colors, and it’s the HumanGear Flexibowl. It’s a thick silicone bowl that is perfect for camping, backpacking, and picnics.
What is your favorite camping recipe? Do you like salads? What are some of your favorite camp kitchen gear? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.