Potlucks & dinner parties can feel difficult when following a gluten free diet. Whether you have celiac disease or are gluten free because you simply feel better because of it, you deserve to eat deliciously. Here are 40+ of the best gluten-free side dishes to bring to your next potluck or gathering that are so delicious, no one will even know they do not contain gluten!
Having dietary restrictions can sometimes feel difficult, even alienating, when it comes to large gatherings. Whether you’re joining family at a holiday meal, headed to an outdoor BBQ at a friends or simply required to bring a side dish to any number of potluck gatherings, you’ll find what you’re looking for in this round up of the best gluten-free side dish recipes.
With recipes like hearty salads, fresh slaws, mac & cheese, potato skins, pasta salads, cornbread, buffalo turkey meatballs, street corn salad, jalapeño poppers & coconut shrimp, I can guarantee no one will go hungry!
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Pantry Staples for Gluten Free Side Dishes
Here are some of my favorite gluten free pantry staples I like to have on hand at all times so I can whip up tasty sides at a moment’s notice:
- Gluten Free Noodles. I love shapes like elbow or bow tie for easy pasta salads. I also love this brand of gluten free fresh pasta that even has tortellini!
- Tortilla Chips. Having tortilla chips around means you’re armed & ready for all the homemade salsas & dips!
- Pita Chips. I love these grain & gluten free pita chips for dips, hummus or serving with a cheese & charcuterie board.
- High Quality Olive Oil. Olive oil will always come in handy, whether you’re preparing a salad or a hot dish.
- Nuts & Seeds. Adding things like pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds or sesame seeds to a hearty salad gives it extra flavor and crunch while being naturally gluten free.
1. Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers
These homemade air fryer jalapeño poppers are an incredibly delicious party appetizer and could not be simpler to make. These perfect poppers are made with fresh jalapenos & have a tasty bacon cream cheese filling with a crunchy panko breadcrumbs topping that becomes super crispy crunchy thanks to the hands off time in the air fryer. They’re an easy gluten free option to serve at your next game day celebration or Super Bowl party!
Get the recipe for Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers here.
2. Mango Corn Salsa
This delicious mango and grilled corn salsa is a must-try for your next summer barbecue! The combination of sweet mango and corn is absolutely delightful, jam-packed with flavor and different textures. Perfect as a dip, on tacos, as a side of grilled meat or fish and more!
Get the recipe for Mango & Grilled Corn Salad here.
3. Asian Spicy Cucumber Salad
This Asian spicy cucumber salad is super savory and ultra delicious, making it a delicious gluten free side dish for your potlucks.
Get the recipe for Asian Spicy Cucumber Salad here.
4. Sicilian Style Brown Rice Salad
Rice salad recipes are my secret weapon against ho-hum meals. This brown rice salad is loaded with fresh and unexpected Mediterranean flavors from simple ingredients like red onions, kalamata olives & a zesty lemon vinaigrette.
Get the recipe for Sicilian Style Brown Rice Salad here.
5. Burrata Caprese Salad
This simple burrata caprese salad is naturally gluten-free and always a crowd favorite at potlucks and gatherings. It’s the perfect summer salad!
Get the recipe for Burrata Caprese Salad here.
6. Gluten Free Hashbrown Casserole
A crowd favorite for potlucks and parties, gluten-free hashbrown casserole is cheesy and delicious! This easy golden brown hashbrown casserole recipe is made with or without canned soup!
Get the recipe for Gluten Free Hashbrown Casserole here.
7. Sheet Pan Sausage, Mushrooms & Fennel
Sausage, Mushrooms and Fennel is the Italian-inspired side dish that is going to be your new fave!. It’s abundant with incredible flavors and textures from roasted Italian sausage, earthy mushrooms and fragrant fennel and fresh herbs. Best of all, can be cooked easily on one sheet pan . . . a simple dish with big flavor!
Get the recipe for Sheet Pan Sausage, Mushroom & Fennel here
8. Fig, Hazelnut & Prosciutto Salad
Sweet, savory, and salty all meet in this delicious fig, hazelnut, and prosciutto salad. It’s easy to put together and can be served as a side dish or one of your main courses.
Get the recipe for Fig, Hazelnut & Prosciutto Salad here.
9. High Protein Black Bean & Quinoa Salad
This Southwestern Quinoa Salad is high in protein and easy to make. Quinoa, sweet corn, black beans, tomatoes and avocado come together in this easy recipe, dressed in a perfectly balanced and zesty lime vinaigrette.
Get the recipe for Southwestern Quinoa Salad here.
10. Classic American Macaroni Salad
The best Classic American Macaroni Salad now with a perfectly gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-free recipe! Summer isn’t complete without this traditional BBQ and grilling cookout essential pasta side dish!
Get the recipe for Classic American Macaroni Salad here.
11. Fall Kale Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette & Maple Pumpkin Spice Pepitas
This Fall Kale Salad is bursting with flavor and packed with nutritious ingredients like apples + sweet potatoes. Balancing the sweetness with a little saltiness thanks to crispy prosciutto and gorgonzola cheese and topped with maple pumpkin spice pepitas, it’s the perfect side dish for the holiday season. Don’t forget to whip up the homemade apple cider vinaigrette dressing for the most delicious finishing touch!
Get the recipe for Fall Kale Salad here.
12. Buffalo Turkey Meatballs
These slow cooker Buffalo Turkey Meatballs are a delicious and healthy twist on the classic buffalo chicken and are a tasty appetizer for football Sundays, a potluck, or any big game.
Get the recipe for Crockpot Buffalo Turkey Meatballs here.
13. 10 Minute Four Bean Salad
A twist on the classic three bean salad, this 10 Minute Four Bean Salad is a delicious, healthy side dish. Creamy cannellini beans, crisp sweet bell peppers, and vibrant red wine vinegar bring this dish together in just a few minutes!
Get the recipe for Four Bean Salad here.
14. Golden Beet Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese
This recipe features beets that have been roasted, and are then marinated in orange juice and white balsamic vinegar. The marinated golden beets are tossed with golden raisins, toasted walnuts, goat cheese and finished with fresh tarragon and a drizzle of walnut oil.
Get the recipe for this Golden Beet Salad here.
15. Mango Avocado Salad
This amazing mango avocado salad is great to bring to potlucks. It’s easy to make, refreshing, and a salad everyone will love whether or not they are following a gluten-free diet.
Get the recipe for Mango Avocado Salad here.
16. Quick Mashed Potatoes
Making mashed potatoes in the Kitchenaid mixer will change your life. They’re quick, easy and consistently delicious! Add this vegetarian and gluten-free side dish to your holiday dinner or potluck gatherings this year!
Get the recipe for Quick Mashed Potatoes here.
17. Summer Tortellini Salad
Fresh basil, peaches & mascarpone cheese make this summer tortellini salad absolutely irresistible! Made using just 7 simple ingredients – including gluten free tortellini – you can whip this up in minutes in time for your next outdoor picnic.
Get the recipe for Summer Tortellini Salad here.
18. Tangy Green Bean Potato Salad
This potato salad with green beans is one of my favorite recipes for summer cookouts, potlucks and barbecues because it strikes the perfect balance of fresh and light with some hearty and indulgent ingredients.
Get the recipe for Green Bean Potato Salad here.
19. Gluten Free Potato Skins
These loaded potato skins are naturally gluten-free and delicious! The perfect game day app is made with a shortcut by microwaving the potatoes. They are then loaded with cheese, bacon, chives, and sour cream. You won’t need any other recipe!
Get the recipe for Gluten Free Potato Skins here.
20. Roasted Asparagus Green Salad
It’s always a good idea to have a green salad among the other gluten free side dishes. This vegan Roasted Asparagus Green Salad combines a mix of leafy greens and warm roasted asparagus with a lemon olive oil dressing.
Get the recipe for Roasted Asparagus Green Salad here.
21. Homemade Potato Chips
Once you make your own potato chips, you’ll never go back to the store-bought ones! These chips are so light, crispy, and flavorful. They make a great side dish for sandwiches or a delicious snack!
Get the recipe for Homemade Potato Chips here.
22. Scalloped Turnips Au Gratin
Scalloped turnips gratin dauphinois is the low-carb and gluten-free version of the classic cheesy potato bake casserole! Tender turnip slices layered with heavy cream and Gruyere or mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, melted and gooey, with a crust of golden brown crunchy cheese on top!
Get the recipe for Scalloped Turnips Au Gratin here.
23. Coleslaw with Apples
With a little extra sweetness and crunch, this healthy apple & cabbage coleslaw is perfect for serving with anything grilled or tacos!
Get the recipe for Coleslaw with Apples here.
24. Strawberry Toast with Basil, Balsamic & Goat Cheese
This Strawberry Toast with Goat Cheese, Basil & Balsamic is the best potluck recipe. Taking only a few minutes to make and requiring only 5 simple ingredients, you’re not going to want to pass this recipe by. Use gluten free crostini for bite sized gluten-free appetizers.
Get the recipe for Strawberry Balsamic Toast here.
25. Gluten Free Pasta Salad
This easy gluten-free pasta salad whips up in under 30 minutes and is so easy to customize depending on your preferences. Classic Mediterranean ingredients make this the perfect dish for your next gluten free summertime potluck.
Get the recipe for Gluten Free Pasta Salad here.
26. Easy Blender Salsa
Easy blender salsa is made with fresh tomatoes for fresh and delicious dip you’ll want to put on everything! Serve this fresh homemade salsa with your favorite tacos, or all on it’s own with chips to dip it’s a great alternative to the salsa at your favorite Mexican restaurant.
Get the recipe for Easy Blender Salsa here.
27. Mexican Street Corn Salad
This corn salad is an off-the-cob version of the popular Mexican street food, Elotes. With roasted corn, fresh vegetables and herbs, creamy mayonnaise, and Mexican-style spices, this easy prep salad is perfect as a side dish, meal prep, or snack! This recipe is gluten-free, and easily dairy-free or vegan.
Get the recipe for Mexican Street Corn Salad here.
28. Rainbow Fruit Skewers with Lime Yogurt Dip
Rainbow fruit skewers are as fun to make as they are to eat, and zippy lime yogurt dip just adds to the party! Whip these up in 15 minutes for a get-together or just because.
Get the recipe for Rainbow Fruit Skewers here.
29. Easy Summer Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips
This fresh fruit salsa is the perfect dish for your next party. Serve it with gluten-free Siete cinnamon tortilla chips and it’ll be a crowd favorite!
Get the recipe for Fresh Fruit Salsa here.
30. Gluten Free Mac & Cheese
This easy Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese is a delicious and crowd-pleasing side dish that compliments a variety of meals. Made using gluten-free noodles, it’s the perfect option whether you’re looking for main dishes or gluten-free sides.
Get the recipe for Gluten Free Mac & Cheese here.
31. Coconut Shrimp with Homemade Sweet Chili Sauce
This crispy air fryer coconut shrimp recipe is the ultimate gluten free party appetizer. Made using simple ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry, these crunchy shrimp are bursting with coconut flavor. Serve them with homemade sweet chili sauce for a delicious restaurant quality seafood recipe at home!
Get the recipe for Air Fryer Gluten Free Coconut Shrimp here.
32. Rainbow Crunch Salad
This Rainbow Crunch Salad is bursting with color and texture. The creamy almond butter dressing sends it over the top!
Get the recipe for Rainbow Crunch Salad here.
33. Broccoli Raisin Salad
This vegan broccoli salad is tossed with raisins, roasted onion, almonds, and a mustard vinaigrette for an easy and healthy make-ahead side dish!
Get the recipe for Broccoli Raisin Salad here.
34. Lemony White Bean Dip
This Lemony White Bean Dip is creamy, garlicky, and so flavorful, you won’t be able to stop eating it! It’s gourmet but quick and easy to make with just 10 ingredients. Perfect for an appetizer or sharing plate, or even as a spread for sandwiches and pita.
Get the recipe for Lemony White Bean Dip here.
35. Arugula & Burrata Salad
This arugula and burrata salad is the perfect side dish to any meat recipe and is gluten free. Fresh, creamy with a tangy dressing, this salad is ready in a blink.
Get the recipe for Arugula & Burrata Salad here.
36. Herbed Vegan Potato Salad
Just as creamy as classic potato salad but so much better for you and more flavorful! This mayo-free vegan potato salad features perfectly tender potatoes coated in a creamy, tangy dressing that’s packed with fun flavors and takes just 30 minutes. Perfect side dish for BBQs, potlucks, and picnics.
Get the recipe for Herbed Vegan Potato Salad here.
37. Summer Slaw with Ginger Miso Dressing
This summer cabbage salad is super tasty, easy to make and the perfect dish to take to all the potlucks and picnics!
Get the recipe for Summer Slaw with Ginger Miso Dressing here.
38. Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts
These Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts are the BEST sweet and salty veggie side dish. All you need is 5 ingredients to make. I promise no one will complain when they see these crispy Brussels sprouts coming out of the oven!
Get the recipe for Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts here.
39. Truffle Mashed Potatoes
Super easy + oh so addicting, these truffle mashed potatoes are going to become a mainstay on your weeknight dinner menu, your holiday table + beyond!
Get the recipe for Truffle Mashed Potatoes here.
40. Gluten Free Skillet Cornbread
This delicious gluten free cornbread is super moist + fluffy with loads of flavor and a touch of sweetness! Make it dairy free with just a few easy swaps.
Get the recipe for Gluten Free Cornbread here.
41. Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing
Looking for a delicious gluten free Thanksgiving side dish that will wow the whole family? Well then you will love this gluten free cornbread stuffing that is also low FODMAP friendly, full of savory sweet flavor + whips up with ease!
Get the recipe for Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing here.
42. Loaded Twice Baked Potato Casserole
This is the best gluten-free cheesy mashed potatoes recipe. It is like having an ultimate potato bar for dinner without all the work.
Get the recipe for Gluten Free Twice Baked Potato Casserole here.
43. Baked Feta with Veggies
Looking for an easy and healthy gluten free side? Try our baked feta with veggies. 1 tray, 30 minutes and it’s on the table!
Get the recipe for Baked Feta & Veggies here.
44. Tuna & Corn Salad
An elevated tuna salad using sweet corn and green beans with a mayo based dressing is the perfect easy side dish for your next potluck or BBQ.
Get the recipe for Tuna & Corn Salad here.