The warm weather is finally here again! And that means dusting off the grill, eating outdoors, attending pool parties, and all that the glorious summer fun that gets turned into great memories. Rather than leave you scrambling for some wonderful recipes to bring with you to these types of affairs, we decided to compile our 30 top gluten free recipes for a summer picnic!
Part of the reason behind why we put this together was that we found a real void in easily locating lots of wonderful summery meals that were safe for us all to eat, but also felt familiar to those who do eat gluten while staying in line with your healthy lifestyle.
These recipes please everyone and allow you to feel included in the festivities (and even have people in attendance rave about your meal!).
And if you’re thinking about hosting a summer picnic or party, but are unsure of how to keep yourself (or someone else) safe from gluten and other food allergens, CLICK HERE for our guide on how to host a gluten free party.
30 Best Gluten Free Recipes for a Summer Picnic
For the Grill…
A good grilled main course is probably one of the first things that comes to mind when you think “summer”. It is for us anyway! Here’s a mix of dishes (some are even paleo or vegan-friendly) that will kick your dish a notch or two.
If you’re nervous to grill at someone else’s home due to food getting contaminated with gluten (and yes, it does happen), check out our Gluten-Free Grilling Guide to ensure your food stays safe!
Delicious Grilled Veggie Salad – Gluten Free School
Balsamic Fig Beef Kabobs – Fed and Fit
Grilled Pork Chops with Stone Fruit Slaw – Zen Belly
Cilantro Lime Grilled Shrimp – Deliciously Organic
Grilled Sweet Potatoes – Simply Recipes
Lean and Clean Turkey Burgers – Healthful Pursuit
No Grill? No Problem.
Don’t fret if you don’t own a grill or you live in a place where you’re not allowed to use one. Here are 5 recipes that still scream summer without the grill marks and please a variety of palettes! (And psst… No one will ever know these are gluten-free!)
Watercress with Seared Prosciutto Peaches – Nom Nom Paleo
Mango Avocado Salsa on Pan Seared Salmon – Nom Nom Paleo
Quinoa Chickpea Burgers (Gluten free and Vegan) – Pure Ella
Lime Chicken Tacos – Gluten-Free Goddess
Warmed Pesto Shrimp and Zucchini Pasta – Healthful Pursuit
PS. If you’re thinking about cooking any of these dishes at someone else’s home, keep in mind that gluten hides in many microscopic spots that may make your food risky to eat. You may want to cook in your own home and then bring the final product to the other person’s party. CLICK HERE to discover the 10 most surprising spots where gluten hides in a kitchen.
You simply can’t have a party without pairing your main course(s) with many wonderful plant-based dishes. Loaded with flavor and gorgeous color, guests will love the flavors.
Red Cabbage Coleslaw – Dr. Terry Wahls
Snap Peas with Meyer Lemon and Mint – The Kitchn
Sweet Savory Strawberry Avocado Salad – Gluten Free School
Perfect Summer Dinner Salad – Rawmazing
Nightshade-free Peach Salsa – Gluten Free School
Watermelon Gazpacho – Green Kitchen Stories
Chia Lemon Quinoa Bowl – The Healthy Apple
Sauces, Dips, & Dressings
Everyone loves great sauces to dress their main course and even some sides too! These classic recipes have a slight twist in order to turn the volume up on flavor. Each of these recipes is highly versatile and can be used for both meat and vegetable-based dishes.
Jamaican Jerk Sauce – Gluten Free School
Sweet Strawberry Salad Dressing – Dr. Amy Myers
Easy Homemade Sugar-Free Ketchup – Whole New Mom
Dairy-Free Basil Pesto – Gluten Free School
Summertime Basil Guacamole – The Healthy Apple
Don’t Forget About Dessert!
There’s no need to avoid dessert any longer at a picnic (if you’re bringing one of these!). These desserts are light, cool, and refreshing which is definitely appreciated on a hot summer day. Again, each of these options just happens to be gluten-free so your gluten-eating guests will be none the wiser and asking you to share the recipe.
Toasted Almond Gelato – Dr. Kelly Ann Petrucci
Paleo Strawberry Mousse Pie – Gluten Free School
Rhubarb Upside-down Yogurt Cake – Green Kitchen Stories
Gluten-free Lemon Tart – Dr. Kara Fitzgerald
Delicious Drinks & Mocktails
If you’re looking to cool down and chill out this summer without alcohol, you’ll be more than satisfied with the unique, enticing flavors in these non-alcoholic summer drinks. Try whipping these up at your next summer shindig! And if you do drink alcohol, but are worried what you can safely drink that won’t get you glutened, CLICK HERE to check out our guide to Gluten-Free Alcohol!
Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Italian Cream Soda – Gourmande in the Kitchen
Refreshing Watermelon Cooler – Gluten Free School
Ginger and Lime “Mocktail” – Elana’s Pantry
Leave a comment below sharing YOUR favorite summer GF recipe!