If you’re looking for gluten free side dishes, here’s a delicious collection for you! While many side dishes are naturally gluten free, sometimes there are sneaky additions like flour to thicken a sauce or coat veggies. These gluten-free side recipes are bound to have something to please just about anyone. I’ve gathered a few recipes that would fit seamlessly into any holiday party.
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This is a nice list to have for special occasions or holidays when you might not know the dietary restrictions of some guests. Dairy and gluten-free side dish recipes are labeled as well. There are also a few delicious vegan options! (This post was originally published Novemeber 18th, 2017)
How can you tell if a dish is gluten free?
It’s not just those who suffer from celiac disease who adhere to a gluten-free diet. Many people who are gluten sensitive, or follow a low carb diet for health reasons prefer to eat gluten-free dishes. Of course it’s easy to read labels when you’re doing the shopping and cooking. But if you’re a guest, it’s best to inform your host ahead of time or bring your own side dish. If not, you might need to ask if a dish contains gluten. Some condiments such as soy sauce, salad dressing, and some bouillon cubes contain gluten. Look for simple dishes with minimal ingredients, steamed or roasted veggies are also a great gluten free side dish option.
Appetizers, Starters and Salads
Most of the ingredients on a Charcuterie Board are naturally gluten free. Add some gluten free crackers in a separate bowl for those with a gluten sensitivity.
A vegetable tray is the perfect start to a holiday party. This Herbed Goat Cheese Dip can be made the day before, (in fact it’ll be even better if you let the flavors meld over-night).
Rosemary Roasted Almonds (Vegan)
Beet Salad with Goat Cheese (Vegetarian) (Recipe from Christina’s Cucina)
Pear and Gorgonzola Salad with Candied Pecans (Vegetarian)
Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch. (Vegetarian)
Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese (Vegetarian)
Zucchini and Potato Pancakes with Lemon Chive Cream (Vegetarian)
Instead of a green bean casserole, try French Green Beans with Mustard Shallot Sauce (Dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan) Recipe from Dana’s Table.
Brussels Sprouts with Garlic and Parmesan Cheese get a little kick from red pepper flakes. (Vegetarian)
Hard to beat Green Beans Almondine from Beyond the Chicken Coop, for a classic holiday side dish!
Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Pecans (Dairy-free)
Roasted Asparagus is a simple and delicious side dish, especially in the spring. (Dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan) Recipe from Jill Colonna, Mad About Macarons.
Broccoli Kugel gets uses potato starch which makes it a naturally gluten free binder.(Dairy-free and vegetarian) Recipe from Dana’s Table.
Sautéed Rapini is a simple Italian side dish that’s ready in minutes.(Dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan) Recipe from Christina’s Cucina.
Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes. are a great autumn side dish. (Vegetarian)
Tzimmes is a combination of roasted carrots and parsnips tossed with olive oil and honey. This tasty dish is traditionally served at Rosh Hashanah, but it’s the perfect side dish for an autumn meal as well! (Vegetarian) Recipe from Dana’s Table.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes from The Rising Spoon are naturally sweetened, and can be made ahead of time.
And the rest!
Here are some tasty gluten-free side dishes that don’t fall into the above categories.
Looking for something a little different? How about this Coconut Cumin Ginger Roasted Butternut Squash from The Delicious Crescent.
Black Beans with Rice and Sausage. This easy gluten-free side dish is made in the slow cooker. Recipe from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
Braised Purple Cabbage is a Scandinavian side dish that pairs well with pork or poultry.
This Harvest Squash is full of fall colors, garlic and herbs. Make it in the morning and reheat before serving. (Vegetarian)
Stuffed Mini Pumpkins (Vegetarian) Jill Colonna Mad About Macarons.
Old Fashioned Southern Cornbread is made with cornmeal, so it’s naturally gluten free.Need bread to accompany your meal? Recipe from Grits and Pinecones.
These Gluten Free Bread Sticks could be made into small rolls instead.
Potato Side Dishes
Crispy Roast Potatoes (Dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan)
These Roast Lemon Dill Potatoes from Veena Azmanov would make a nice alternative to traditional mashed potatoes.
Truffled Hasselback Potatoes are an elegant gluten-free side dish. Recipe from Christina’s Cucina.
Rosti is a classic Swiss side dish. (Vegetarian)
Gratin Dauphinoise (Vegetarian) Recipe from Jill Colonna, Mad About Macarons.
Potato Latkes (Vegetarian, Vegan)
Rice Side Dishes
Golden Rice Pilaf (Dairy-free)
Farro with Rosemary, Leeks and Carrots (Dairy-Free, vegetarian and vegan) Dana’s Table.
This wild and brown rice casserole would be a festive gluten free option to stuffing. Brown and Wild Rice with Cranberries and Pecans (Vegetarian)
While not technically side dishes, here are a few gluten free desserts that would be a delicious way to end any meal!
Lemon Posset is just three ingredients and takes 15 minutes to make. Make it the day before for an easy grab and go dessert.
This Gluten Free Apple Pie from Rhian’s Recipes is also vegan!
Gluten Free Fruitcake would be a great holiday or hostess gift!
Soft and chewy Amaretti Cookies from She Loves Biscotti, are delicious with a cup of coffee.
Baked Apple Slices with Maple and Cinnamon from One Clever Chef would go well with turkey.
This Maple Pumpkin Pie from Allergy Free Alaska is both gluten free and dairy free