The 31 Best Gluten-Free Side Dishes to Serve All Year Round
A gluten-free diet may make you feel like your options in the carb department are limited. But not all breads, pastas, pizza crusts and tortillas are made with wheat flour, nor do they need to be. Read on for 31 gluten-free side dishes that’ll impress every guest at the table (no matter their diet), from naturally gluten-free salads and soups to wheat-less riffs on classic carb-y dishes.
1. Gluten-Free Cheesy Cauliflower Patties
Thanks to trading all-purpose flour for oatmeal, the patties are totally free of gluten but just as sturdy. Feel free to bake them if you’d rather avoid frying. Serve the patties alongside steaks, burgers or with a big bowl of ketchup for dipping.
5. Chilled Cucumber Salad
If you’re hosting gluten-free guests, you can’t go wrong with crisp, refreshing veggies in a simple vinegar dressing. Add a dollop of sour cream to the salad for a touch of creaminess.
18. Kelp and Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai
Kelp noodles are not only gluten-free, but they’re also loaded with nutrients including iron, calcium, fiber and vitamin K. Soak them in water with a bit of salt and lemon juice to soften them.
20. Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sriracha and Lime
This vibrant spud dish comes together in just under an hour (and we’re betting you have all the ingredients you need already, save for the tubers).
22. Curry Noodles with Broccoli Rabe and Purple Cabbage
With a few simple swaps—like rice noodles and tamari in place of spaghetti and soy sauce—this bold dish becomes a gluten-free masterpiece. The Thai-inspired sauce has coconut milk, red curry paste, lime juice and lots of stir-fried veggies.
23. Cacio e Pepe Cauliflower
Contrary to popular belief, pasta isn’t the only delicious vehicle out there for creamy Pecorino Romano sauce and a ton of black pepper. Cauliflower florets work just fine, too. (Be sure to use corn starch or gluten-free flour to thicken the sauce instead of AP flour.)
26. Pizza with Cauliflower Crust
You won’t miss the flour one bit, since the crust is super crispy and made with a ton of mozzarella and Parmesan. Feel free to swap marinara for pesto if you’d prefer.
27. Vegan Slow-Cooker Detox Coconut Soup
Despite being gluten- and dairy-free, this side is shockingly creamy, thanks to canned coconut milk. Pile your bowl high with fresh greens and glass noodles.
30. Avocado Rice
Creamy, buttery avocado makes everything better, from toast to tacos—and rice is no exception. Pair this citrusy side with everything from roast pernil to pollo a la plancha.
31. Herby Shoestring Fries
When in doubt, potatoes, oil and salt are a surefire home run. Spruce the fries up with fresh rosemary and pair them with burgers, scallops, fried fish and beyond.
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