“The Perfect Bite” Easy Summer Appetizer Platter for Camping

The easiest, tastiest green salad usually consists of the “Rule of 3” ingredients, and is really easy to make while camping.

A cheese, fruit, and some sort of nut.

The same goes for appetizers.

This past weekend, we took our VW Camper Van up to Lake of the Woods, which is a beautiful lake nestled between our valley and Klamath Falls. (My cutie-petutie husband w/our VW.)

Here’s my last camping post I wrote. We really keep it simple!

We joined our friends and I was asked to bring an appetizer, so easy this time of year, with so many fresh fruits available to us.

We picked more strawberries from our garden (hard to believe, but yes, we’re still harvesting them). BTW, there is just nothing better than a homegrown strawberry!

Added more berries, goat cheese, and pistachios.

In the center of the plate, which I think is the best part of the appetizer, we added a jar of Pennington Farm’s Golden Raspberry Jam, with a tiny spoon for spreading.

Spread that on a piece of salted bread and goat cheese, with a berry on top.

The perfect bite.

"The Perfect Bite" Easy Summer Appetizer Platter for Camping

For those who aren’t fruit lovers, I try to always add a veggie (in this case, a fresh cucumber).

So easy and fresh.

Served with pita chips.

And in the great outdoors, with long-time friends (30 years we’re talking!), for some reason food just tastes a whole lot better.

Now, I wish I had just gotten a picture of the 8 of us!

What is the “perfect bite” that you enjoy in an appetizer?

10 comments on ““The Perfect Bite” Easy Summer Appetizer Platter for Camping”

  1. Took a Volkswagen Transporter out for hire just last
    year for a camping trip and thought it worked incredible, quite easily
    one of the most trustworthy vans we’ve driven. Since that time I am unable to quit wondering about getting one of these

  2. What a perfect weekend. IN A VANAGON! So jealous. Maybe we can go for a ride soon ;) hint HINT

  3. I haven’t been camping in so long! This makes me miss it so bad.

  4. I recently was in New Seasons Market and sampled a thin cracker with fig spread and gouda cheese…oh my goodness, it was amazing and went on my list of must get appetizer for a next get together.

  5. I like to make a layered bean dip (frijoles, avocado, salsa, sour cream, cheese, olives, lettuce) at home, so that it is ready to set out with chips as soon as camp is set up. It tastes exceptionally good in camp—:-)

    btw–that Paul is a cutie patutie

  6. I’m in love with your bus! We love to do family camping as well. It’s always a great way to decompress and relax. Keeping it easy with the food is the best tip for camping. The appetizer plate looks lovely and I’ll have to search down that jam, looks divine!!

  7. What a gorgeous appetizer platter- so simple, fresh and delicious. Your strawberries look amazing, Sandy! I agree with Kim (from At Home With Kim)- your sweet personality is reflected in your entertaining style! :-)

  8. I recently made those Caprese Salad Kabobs (Taste of Home recipe) for a baby shower function I was in charge of – for the food part of it.

    Those are good, fun, easy to prepare… and delicious. And they look beautiful laid out on the platter.

    The one thing I did do differently then what the recipe called for (to make it even easier) was to just get the already marinated Mozzarella balls (from Costco) and the flavors were there… the right amount of intense.
    The recipe calls for plain cheese balls and that you’re to drizzle the olive oil and balasmic over each kabob when ready to serve.

    Thanks for the fruit cheese and nut idea… that sounds like a good thing to keep in the back of the mind for another time. For sure.

    PS: I’m loving the VW camping van… too fun!

  9. A cheese, fruit and nuts – I don’t think I’ve ever heard that rule, but it sure does make putting together an appetizer platter easy and beautiful. Now I know exactly what to take to our next get together with friends!

  10. Hi Sandy! I LOVE all the adventures you’ve been on lately. And I LOVE that you go camping (honestly I haven’t camped since my Girl Scout Days)…. you make it look so fun and easy. This is a great appetizer idea for summer get togethers. As with all you show here, it’s doable for anyone and I love that. Your sweet personality comes through in your entertaining style…. so hope we can meet one day in person. Have a super day! hugs…

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