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15 Tasty Gluten Free Side Dishes

Molly Moore / 02 July 2024

Gluten free side dish brussels

Finding delicious gluten-free side dishes can be a challenge, but it doesn't have to be! You can make a gluten-free version of almost any side dish.

Here are 15 delicious recipes that will satisfy everyone at the table, whether they're gluten-free, vegan, or just love great food. Lots of foods are naturally gluten free so its about getting creative with them!

Each recipe is crafted to be easy, tasty, and packed with flavor.

Here Are Some Of The Best Gluten-Free Side Dish Recipes:

Gluten free side dish brussels
Gluten free side dish brussels

1. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze

This makes the perfect side dish for cozier dinners!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Toss Brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Spread on a baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve.
Gluten free side dish cauliflower mash

2. Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

This serves as a lighter gluten-free version of mashed potatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Steam cauliflower until tender.
  2. In a skillet, sauté garlic in olive oil until golden.
  3. Blend cauliflower, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper until smooth.
Gluten free side dish quinoa salad

3. Quinoa Salad with Fresh Herbs

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cook quinoa in vegetable broth according to package instructions.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa, tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, and mint.
  3. Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper; pour over salad and toss.
Gluten free side dish sweet potato fries
Gluten free side dish sweet potato fries

4. Sweet Potato Fries

Roasted vegetables & roasted root vegetables are a great gluten-free side dish option as long as you don't use any gluten based ingredients to crisp them up. They're also great if you have an airfryer! Of course any roasted potatoes will be delicious following this same recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into fries
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Toss sweet potatoes with olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Gluten free side dish green beans

5. Lemon-Garlic Green Beans

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Blanch green beans in boiling water for 3-4 minutes, then drain.
  2. In a skillet, heat olive oil and sauté garlic until fragrant.
  3. Add green beans, lemon zest, salt, and pepper; toss to coat.
Gluten free side dish chickpeas

6. Crispy Chickpeas

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Toss chickpeas with olive oil, smoked paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  3. Spread on a baking sheet and roast for 20-30 minutes, until crispy.
Gluten free side dish coleslaw

7. Vegan Coleslaw

Sometimes I mix this in with a gluten-free pasta to make a great pasta salad!

Ingredients:

  • 1 small head cabbage, shredded
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine cabbage and carrots.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together vegan mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
  3. Pour dressing over cabbage mixture and toss to coat.
Gluten free side dish stuffed mushrooms

8. Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • 12 large button mushrooms, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped spinach
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup vegan cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Sauté spinach, onion, and garlic in a pan until soft.
  3. In a bowl, mix sautéed veggies with vegan cream cheese, nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper.
  4. Stuff mushrooms with the mixture and place on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Gluten free side dish carrot parsnip fries
Gluten free side dish carrot parsnip fries

9. Roasted Carrot and Parsnip Fries

Another roasted vegetables based side dish that adds so much flavor with its natural sweetness!

Ingredients:

  • 4 carrots, cut into sticks
  • 4 parsnips, cut into sticks
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Toss carrots and parsnips with olive oil, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  3. Spread on a baking sheet and roast for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Gluten free side dish zucchini noodles pesto

10. Zucchini Noodles with Pesto

I love this recipe for a weeknight dinner as its super quick to pull together! Consider adding white beans into the pesto mix to make it go further for bigger dinner parties.

Ingredients:

  • 4 zucchini, spiralized into noodles
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Blend basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Toss zucchini noodles with pesto and serve.
Gluten free side dish beetroot
Gluten free side dish beetroot

11. Balsamic Glazed Beets

This is another recipe that can easily be mixed in with gluten-free pasta for a hearty pasta salad - and a very colourful gluten-free side dish.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large beets, peeled and diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Toss beets with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  3. Spread on a baking sheet and roast for 35-40 minutes, until tender.
Gluten free side dish cuccumber salad

12. Cucumber Salad with Dill

Ingredients:

  • 2 large cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine cucumbers, red onion, and dill.
  2. Whisk together apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper; pour over salad and toss.
Gluten free side dish artichoke dip

13. Spinach and Artichoke Dip

This dip can also be easily adapted with a little water and soy sauce to create a gluten-free savory sauce to add to your dishes.

Don't forget to pick up some gluten-free crackers to dip.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup vegan cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

You can also add white beans to the mix to create a super creamy dish without adding more cream cheese if you want it to go further - it also adds more protein!

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a bowl, mix artichoke hearts, spinach, vegan cream cheese, nutritional yeast, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  3. Transfer to a baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes, until bubbly.
Gluten free side dish cauliflower

14. Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower

This can easily be turned into a rice bowl with brown rice or white rice depending on your preference!

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Toss cauliflower with olive oil, turmeric, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  3. Spread on a baking sheet and roast for 25-30 minutes.
Gluten free side dish chickpea salad

15. Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Recently I've been roasting butternut squash and tossing it with the chickpeas, adding some gluten free salad dressing and it takes it to the next level.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, olives, and parsley.
  2. Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper; pour over salad and toss.

These recipes are sure to delight your guests and make your meals vibrant and delicious. Enjoy these gluten-free, vegan side dishes and bring a healthy twist to your table!