Planning a Trip? Don't Forget to Pack These Easy, Tasty Recipes That Can Be Made in a Vacation Rental
Here's what to cook in any vacation rental kitchen that you may find yourself in this year. From pasta salad to skillet pizza to plum tart, these recipes are simple, adaptable, and so good that you'll be making them long after your vacation is over.
Whether it's a lakeside cabin, a bungalow on the beach, or a snowy chalet in the mountains, a rental vacation home kitchen can often be a gamble—and it's a gamble that has the potential to ruin a blissful vacation vibe. For instance, your temporary cooking area might have just a sliver of counter space to prep on and a stove where only half of the burners work. Or the necessary utensils and cookware may be in short supply and the quality not as good as your own (who hasn't run into the problem of dull knives?). But if the view from the window above the sink is pretty and the company is wonderful, then there's nothing a few good recipes can't fix.
Instead of packing up your cooking essentials and lugging them to the cabin, plan to work with whatever will be there by bookmarking a handful of simple, easy recipes you can count on even if the kitchen is threadbare. The recipes ahead require minimal equipment that will be commonplace in even the most basic of kitchens such as a skillet, a large pot, and a baking sheet. Another thing these recipes all have in common is that they won't require intensive slicing and dicing (because you're on vacation and deserve to get out and do fun activities besides cooking!).
One of the biggest advantages to renting a home or condo is to have a kitchen where you can cook your own meals. This is especially true if you're visiting for longer than a weekend and don't want to eat out for three meals a day the entire time. It's important to come prepared with recipes that can roll with the punches. If you are planning on cooking a lot, or even a little, look through this gallery of recipes that is curated with vacation rental kitchens in mind.
Tomato Panzanella with Ricotta
Remember this timeless salad near the end of your vacation, when the overripe tomatoes and lemon wedges collect alongside day-old baguettes and leftover red onion halves. It all gets mashed together for a bread salad that pairs well with add-ins like cucumbers, herbs, and ricotta.
Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream
Artichoke-and-Spinach Skillet Pizza
It's unlikely that a pizza stone will be stocked in a rental home kitchen, but a skillet should do just fine for this easy recipe. Pre-made dough from the supermarket or the local pizzeria works great, and the toppings are blissfully simple, comforting, and easy to find at the new-to-you grocery store.
Hazelnut S'mores Sandwich
Cucumber and Watermelon Salad
This crisp salad tastes like pure summer and keeps well in the refrigerator for grazing. Stick to this palate-pleasing side dish just the way it is or upgrade it with add-ons like crumbled feta cheese, grilled shrimp skewers, chopped fresh herbs, or spicy minced chiles.
Coconut Strawberry Granita
Pasta Salad with Chickpeas, Green Beans, and Basil
Sumac-Dusted Salmon with Broccolini
Ginger-Peanut Turkey Stir Fry
Striped Plum Tart
This free-form tart is a great dessert to plan on making when you aren't sure what equipment will be in the kitchen of your vacation home. No need to worry about pie plate dimensions when you have store-bought sheets of puff pastry that you can roll out with a wine bottle!