7-Day Easy Recipe Beach Vacation Meal Plan

Many of us subscribe to a no-cook rule while on vacation. After all, what’s the point of going through all the motions of getting there only to end up tied to the kitchen with a sink full of dishes just like every other day at home? Or maybe you’re hesitant because you’re just not a great cook and are secretly afraid of ruining your family’s vacation with overcooked burgers.

But just because you don’t feel like doing the kitchen work or are just not very good at cooking, it doesn’t mean that you need to spend your beach vacation surviving on frozen hot dogs, burgers and pizza with some supermarket brownies on the side or wasting a considerable chunk of each evening waiting for a table at the only restaurant in town where you’ll wind up blowing double the money you were originally planning on spending for that trip.

To help you out in putting delicious food on your table that will make your vacation even more memorable, we searched around for a set of easy recipes with minimal ingredients and barely any cooking time at all. Some only require the assembly of good quality ingredients into a sandwich or appetizer spread while others are so good on their own that all you have to do is throw them on the grill and wait for them to brown.

cheese plate

We first outline the foods you will be bringing and/or preparing in advance and then provide you with a handy guide organizing all of them into a 7-day meal plan:

Prepared Foods:

  1. Deli chickpea salad
  2. Cheese
  3. Yogurt
  4. Granola
  5. Bread
  6. Cold cuts
  7. Smoked salmon
  8. Hummus
  9. Crudités 
  10. Pita bread
  11. Pita chips
  12. Mixed nuts
  13. Choice of dessert
shrimp pasta

Foods to prepare at the beach house:

  1. Shrimp Pasta:
  2. Light and easy with only five ingredients. 

    Easy Shrimp Pappardelle (5 ingredients!) - Cooking for Keeps

  3. Prosciutto and arugula sandwich:
  4. Simple and luxurious combination of sweet, peppery and salty.

    Prosciutto, Arugula and Balsamic Sandwich

  5. Mezze Platter:
  6. The easiest dinner ever: just put together all the cheese, olives, cold cuts hummus and little nibbles you brought along with plenty of bread and good olive oil.

    Greek meze platter (How to make it at home)

  7. Avocado Toast with Smoked Salmon:
  8. It doesn’t get any better than creamy avocado and smoked, fatty salmon on top of some crusty bread.

    Smoked Salmon Toast Recipe with Avocado - olivemagazine

  9. Grilled Steak:
  10. Just salt, pepper and throw on a hot grill.

    Easy Grilled Steak Recipe - Chowhound

  11. Avocado Salad:
  12. Fresh and easy. Cut, chop and toss together.

    3 Ingredient Avocado Salad - iFOODreal - Healthy Family Recipes

  13. Grilled Burgers:
  14. Simple and flavorful crowd pleasers.

    Perfect Grilled Burgers Recipe | MyRecipes

snack tray

Day 1:

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

Eggs Any Style and 

Toast

Ham and Cheese Baguette

Hummus and Crudités

Grilled Steak and 

Avocado Salad

Day 2:

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

Yogurt with Granola and Fruit

Deli Chickpea Salad Pita Sandwiches

Cold Cuts and

Cheese

Eat Out

Day 3:

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

Eggs any style and Fruit

Prosciutto and Aragula Sandwich 

Pita Chips and Hummus 

Mezze Platter

Day 4:

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

Eggs any style and Fruit

Deli Chickpea Salad Pita Sandwich 

Nuts and Fruits

Shrimp Pasta and Bread

Day 5:

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

Yogurt with Granola and Fruit

Avocado Toast and Smoked Salmon

Mixed Nuts, Cheese and Fruits

Eat Out

Day 6:

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

Eggs any style

Ham and Cheese Baguette

Hummus and Crudités

Grilled Burgers

Day 7:

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

Yogurt with Fruit and Granola

Avocado Toast and Smoked Salmon

Cheese and Mixed Nuts 

Eat Out

Dani Conde
 

I'm a Software Developer, a Home Chef and a mom. I was born and raised in the beautiful coastal city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I earned a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Georgia State University and a bootcamp certificate for Software Development from Georgia Tech (I worked at Turner Broadcasting for 10 years before switching careers). I currently reside in Georgia with my husband and 2 kids. When I'm not working, I love to travel to the beach and cook for my family.