Summertime eats seem to have a recurring theme: Between hamburgers, hot dogs, and allll of the pasta salads, most foods you find at a BBQ aren’t exactly gluten-free-friendly. But that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck picking at the fruit and veggie tray all summer long. Take these gluten-free sides, apps, and desserts to your next party instead. Your gluten-loving friends won’t notice the difference… they’ll be too busy digging in, and you’ll have plenty to nosh on.
Grab your favorite box of GF noodles—these days, you can find one at almost any grocery store, but health food stores likely have the most options. Load it up with fresh corn, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and a zesty chili-lime sauce for a light (and mayo-free) pasta salad.
Get yourself a cornbread that’s gluten-free and vegan. This easy skillet recipe sneaks in healthy ingredients like zucchini, coconut sugar, and white chia seeds. It’s not your grandma’s cornbread—a.k.a. not a hint of flour or butter—but it sure is tasty.
Sure, potatoes are already gluten-free, but not all premade salads can say the same. Plus, by swapping out taters for cauliflower, you’re getting tons of extra nutrients. Beyond the base, this side has fun additions like prosciutto, celery, and yellow bell pepper, and a dressing that mixes Greek yogurt with light mayo.
These healthier fish sticks may be breaded, but they’re gluten-free thanks to a cornmeal-based crumb called Glutino. And since you’ve got corn tortillas, fresh lime juice, and coleslaw, you won’t feel like you’re missing anything. P.S. Don’t be alarmed by all the spices in the ingredient list. Use what you have and what you like.
Is there anything more “summer” than an ice cream cake? All three “nice” creams in this vegan and gluten-free cake have a banana base, while the “dough” is made with oats, dates, and almonds. It definitely takes some effort, but it’s the perfect healthyish summer dessert.
Don’t think we forgot about quinoa! The healthy seed (not grain) is a staple for many people switching to the GF life, and it works great in this light but filling side dish. Mix quinoa with green beans, sliced almonds, and lemon juice; then shake it all up. You are good to go.
Break out the grill, grab your skewers, and let’s go. These kabobs ditch the tortillas and turn your fave Mexican dish into a handheld meal. String on peppers, onion, and marinated chicken—they’ll get soaked in a mix of lime juice, olive oil, and gluten-free soy sauce (like this one).
This crunchy salad will find a nice home next to the macaroni salad at your next BBQ. It combines two power foods—broccoli and apple, duh—plus carrots, walnuts, raisins, and onion. It sounds like a weird mix, but the sweet, crunchy, and tart flavors work well together.
Any time a dessert can be made with just three ingredients, we’re on board. Swap out your boxed popsicles for these frozen bananas covered in dark chocolate and drizzled with PB—they make for a fun project for kids ~and~ kids at heart (that’s you).