My top 5 favorite gluten-free recipes for summer parties! These recipes are great to take along with you or serve at your own party. Whenever I host a holiday I always try to accommodate everyone’s dietary needs. Since I can’t have gluten, it’s pretty easy for me to make menus to suit my needs. However, if you’ve never done it before it can be quite challenging! If you have a gluten-free guest coming I urge you to have a few options for them to enjoy.
You certainly don’t need to go out of your way to make something special, just pick two or three items that you can prepare gluten-free. Just because it’s gluten-free doesn’t mean that other people won’t enjoy it. All of these recipes I have here are naturally gluten-free and don’t require any special products.
Now, if you’re new to gluten-free eating and you’re attending a party, here are few tips. First, definitely inform the host of your food sensitivity/allergy. Most people are very accommodating and want you to have something safe to eat, but there are people that will be a little more difficult.
Regardless of the situation, always offer to bring something. By bringing something you know it’s safe and if all else fails at least you have 1 thing to eat! Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions about ingredients – it’s better to be safe than sorry. You definitely don’t want to get sick while you’re supposed to be having fun with your family and friends.
I’ve done numerous completely gluten-free holidays and no one would have known if I hadn’t told them, so it’s definitely doable to make things everyone can enjoy!
Here are my top 5 picks for the 4th of July….
1. Caramelized Onion and Spinach Dip
I don’t think I need to say too much about this one. I mean, who doesn’t love dip? This is perfect for summer parties when you want your guests to have something to munch on throughout the day. It’s also great option to make ahead and take with you if you’re attending a party – you can pop it into a mini slow cooker so that it stays hot. If you show up with this dip in tow I can assure you that you’ll be the hit of the party!
2. Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce
If you’re looking for something a little different for your barbecue, then you have to try my thai chicken skewers! These are perfect because you can do all the prep in advance and then just toss them on the grill when you’re ready to eat. The less time you spend in the kitchen means more time with your guests!
3. Tri-Color Quinoa Salad
This quick and easy salad is one of my all-time favorites. It goes perfectly alongside any grilled meats or even a burger. If you are attending a 4th of July get-together and you aren’t sure what to bring I definitely recommend this salad!
4. Southwest Brown Rice Salad
I made this particular salad last year for my 4th of July picnic and it was a huge hit! It’s so flavorful, but super quick and easy to make. You can prepare this up to 2 days in advance as long as you keep the dressing separate. The morning of the party just toss it with the dressing and you’re good to go!
5. White Chocolate Raspberry Mousse
It wouldn’t be Independence Day without a festive dessert, right? My white chocolate raspberry mousse would be perfect! Just add some blueberries to the mix and serve it in small mason jars or plastic cups for cute little individual desserts!
What are you favorite recipes to serve up for summer parties?
I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July! 🙂
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
This is such a great roundup of gluten-free recipes, Keri! I love each one! I definitely have to try your brown rice salad, it sounds amazing! Pinning these all! 🙂
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Thanks Gayle! The brown rice salad is always hit with my family!
Jessica | A Happy Food Dance says
Love this round up – I’ve been trying to cut out sugar from my diet and some of these recipes are perfect! Thanks Keri!
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Thanks Jessica! I try to really watch sugar too and it can be so hard because it seems like sugar is in everything!
Annie @ The Garlic Diaries says
I love all of these, Keri! I want to make every single one on Saturday :). Especially that dip!
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Thanks Annie! I made the dip for our picnic on Saturday and we were all fighting over it haha!
Savita @ ChefDeHome says
I love all of these recipes, Keri! Really, healthy and delicious way to celebrate 4th July. Thanks for sharing!
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Ahh!! I love this!! I love that you’ve done lots of gluten free holidays, but nobody would even know! That’s so great! 🙂 Being gluten free, I know first hand how challenging it can be if you’re family/ friends don’t know/ plan ahead! These recipes prove that eating g.free can be SO tasty!
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Thanks Cailee! 🙂
I love when you do recipe round-ups! Somewhere along the line I missed this raspberry mouse, which means I need to go back and make it stat 😉 Hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July! 🙂
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Thanks Ali! That raspberry mousse is a great summer dessert – so light and fresh!
Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
These all look delicious! I ate ALL the food on 4th of July. So. Many. Hot Dogs. Haha! Hope you had a great holiday friend : )
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I consumed my weight in my homemade pulled pork – I can’t even talk about it without my mouth watering! I wish there were leftovers haha!
Nina| Metropolitan Gourmet says
Nice round up, Keri! This would be a great help. Another recipe to make more delicious, healthy gluten-free items. Amazing!
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