Publication date August 28, 2023

Tasty and Healthy Summer Camp Lunch Ideas For Everyone

Time to get your pretty lunch boxes out because it's the ideal time for summer camp. Homemade lunchboxes hit differently when you are off on a Sunday summer camp, hiking or playing and doing summer activities. These recipes are loved by both parents and kids alike, as they are not just tasty but healthy. Next time your kid goes off to summer camp or you decide to do summer camping with your family and friends, make sure to try these recipes. 

One of the easiest and healthy options to pack for lunch. Everyone’s favorite chicken Caesar salad can be turned into wraps and eaten for a quick lunch. Ideal for an outdoor day where you can get both salad and a main course in one dish. Add in some berries or fruit of your choice and some veggies with hummus. 

Hummus with Whole Wheat Pita


Summer camp lunch ideas

Source: Eating Well

Homemade whole wheat pita is one of the perfect options for healthy summer camp lunch ideas. Pita bread goes very well with Mediterranean sides such as hummus, salads, and grilled veggies. Hummus is easy to make at home and takes less than 15 minutes, in case Even if you are running out of hummus at home, you need not worry. Fresh hummus needs only a few ingredients, and trust us it tastes even better than the store-bought hummus.

Turkey Salad Sandwich

Maybe you have run out of ideas for what to take for the summer camp lunch and have just found some leftover turkey in the pantry then you are in luck. Leftover turkey can be easily converted to salad and can be used as fillings for sandwiches. You don't even have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. One way to make it more delicious is to steam the turkey leftover before adding it to the salad for a juicier touch to the meat.

Focaccia Sandwich

Summer camp lunch ideas

Source: Tribeca Oven

Focaccia sandwiches are delicious and satisfying options for summer camp lunches and can be prepared in various ways, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. With these sandwiches, you can also add carrot and cucumber sticks and can add different fruits and berries to munch on and make it a complete meal.

Pizza Buns


Pizza buns are simple, easy to make, and a filling lunch option. You can make it healthy at home with your choice of ingredients and toppings. Pizza bun is like a mini version of the pizza and they are quite similar except for the fact that buns are a lot softer. They are good as snacks but can become a complete meal by itself if you pair it up with some hot soup and salad with dips. 

Cold Pasta Salad

Cold pasta salads are one of the go-to summer camp lunch ideas that are popular amongst kids and adults alike. There are numerous ways in which one can make cold pasta salad by tweaking the salad sauces. Cold pasta salads are crunchy, creamy, and delicious and make an ideal choice for outdoors or even parties. 

Mini Burritos

Summer Camp Lunch Ideas

Source: Woolworths

Mini burritos can make for an ideal lunch option for outdoors while attending summer camps or hiking. Because they are finger-sized food and small in size compared to the traditional burritos it is easy to carry and serves as a main meal. You can also pack in some of your favorite veggie sticks and dips. 

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is quick and easy to make. They are versatile and you can easily pair them with any other ingredients and it would still be very enjoyable. Quinoa salad can be paired with berries and yogurt as a side dish. 

Taco Jars

Another of our favorite foods that one can take on summer camps without having to worry about messing up or spilling stuff outside. Throw in your favorite veggies, lettuce, salsa, tomatoes, beans, and taco meat in the mason jar and you will be ready for a memorable summer camp.  

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