Gluten-Free Appetizers and Snacks

The party's on with this collection of popular gluten-free appetizers, including some top-rated dips that you can serve with fresh fruits and vegetables instead of bread slices and crackers.  Recipes that are tagged as “gluten-free” do not include products that normally contain gluten. However some recipes with the gluten-free tag may call for ingredients such as sauces or mixes that may or may not contain gluten, so be sure to read ingredient labels carefully.

  • Happy-Hour Hummus
    Oxmoor House

    Happy-Hour Hummus

    Make this easy hummus recipe in food processor and serve with gluten-free dippers such as carrots, radishes, and sugar snap peas.
  • Deviled Eggs
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    Deviled Eggs

    To keep these portable, gluten-free snacks from turning on their sides when serving, use a deviled egg tray.
  • Smoked Salmon and Fingerling Potatoes
    Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty

    Smoked Salmon and Fingerling Potatoes

    Instead of serving smoked salmon on toasted bread slices, serve on slices of potato and top with créme fraiche and caviar.
  • Kale Chips
    Oxmoor House

    Kale Chips

    Kale chips are all the rage, so it’s nice that these crunchy chips happen to be gluten free. Use them as an alternative to potato chips or tortilla chips when you’re looking for something different for an appetizer or snack.
  • Grilled Shrimp with Romesco Sauce
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    Grilled Shrimp with Romesco Sauce

    Serve this as an appetizer at your next outdoor bash, and your guests will swoon over the spicy, rich sauce full of fire-roasted tomatoes.
  • Tomato-and-Goat Cheese Tartlets
    Photo: Aran Goyoaga

    Tomato-and-Goat Cheese Tartlets

    Fresh cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, and herbs make a delightful filling for a savory gluten-free tart crust. Serve these individual tartlets as an appetizer or enjoy them as part of a light meal alongside a salad.
  • <p>Lemon-Caper Parmesan Potato Salad Bites</p>

    Lemon-Caper Parmesan Potato Bites

    Turn "jacket potatoes" into irresistible potato salad bites. Capers offer a twist on traditional relish; they're actually pickled flower buds and add bright, briny flavor to this appetizer.
  • Indian-Spiced Roasted Nuts
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    Indian-Spiced Roasted Nuts

    This simple recipe makes a tasty party snack. Use your favorite nuts, and add a bit of heat with a dash of ground red pepper, if you like.
  • Roasted Sweet Onion Dip
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Roasted Sweet Onion Dip

    Roast a sweet onion (such as a Vidalia) along with a head of garlic for an sweet, caramelized flavor, then combine the chopped onion and garlic with sour cream for this easy, make-ahead party dip.
  • Parmesan Crisps
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    Parmesan Crisps

    These flourless cheese crisps have only two ingredients (Parmesan cheese and black pepper) and are great for serving as an appetizer or on top of a soup or salad.
  • Beef Teriyaki Crisps with Wasabi Mayonnaise
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    Beef Teriyaki Crisps with Wasabi Mayonnaise

    Serve strips of flank steak marinated in gluten-free soy sauce, honey and rice wine on gluten-free crackers and top with a dollop of flavored mayonnaise for an easy appetizer that’s totally gluten free.
  • <p>Roasted Beet Hummus</p>

    Roasted Beet Hummus

    The beet flavor (if not the color) in this dip is very subtle, with a nutty edge from walnuts and walnut oil, concentrated sources of fat and flavor. Pair with crunchy crudités.
  • Chocolate-Almond Pretzels
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    Chocolate-Almond Pretzels

    Just 3 ingredients create this delightfully salty-sweet snack. It's so easy, you won't ever want to stop making this recipe.
  • Nam Sod
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    Nam Sod

    Roll up bites of this spicy Thai turkey salad in crunchy cabbage leaves for a super-flavorful light meal or appetizer.
  • Gabriel's Guacamole
    Photo: Peden & Munk; Styling: Amy Wilson

    Gabriel's Guacamole

    Fresh Mexican avocado is the base for this classic Mexican dip. Typically served with corn chips, it's also great with fresh veggie dippers.
  • Kalamata-Garbanzo Hummus
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Kalamata-Garbanzo Hummus

    Greek yogurt and salty olives give this hummus a Mediterranean kick. Serve with gluten-free rice chips.
  • Smoked Salmon Crostini
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    Smoked Salmon Crostini

    You can prepare the salmon topping for these party canapés earlier in the day and keep it refrigerated until ready to assemble. You’ll need gluten-free baguette slices for the base.
  • Lemon-Parmesan Popcorn
    Photo: Justin Walker; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Lemon-Parmesan Popcorn

    Never buy microwavable popcorn again after trying this tasty snack, which comes together in minutes using only a handful of ingredients.
  • Artichokes with Roasted-Pepper Dip
    Randy Mayor

    Artichokes with Roasted-Pepper Dip

    This colorful, savory dip is served with artichoke leaves, so there's no need for chips or crackers. Enjoy a flavorful gluten-free appetizer.
  • Spicy Almond-Pumpkinseed Snack Mix
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    Spicy Almond-Pumpkinseed Snack Mix

    Smoky spices lend addictive flavor to this crunchy snack mix, loaded with rice cereal squares, roasted pumpkinseeds, and slivered almonds.
  • Diner-Style Onion Rings
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Diner-Style Onion Rings

    Revive this diner favorite using a mixture of gluten-free all-purpose flour, white rice flour, and club soda in the batter.
  • <p>Yogurt "Romesco" Dip</p>

    Yogurt "Romesco" Dip

    This version of a traditional Spanish sauce gets a touch of creaminess from Greek yogurt and a smoky flavor from charred bell peppers and smoked almonds. Serve with gluten-free crackers or crunchy veggie sticks.
  • Honey-Roasted Nuts and Fruit
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    Honey-Roasted Nuts and Fruit

    Use any variety of mixed nuts or seeds you like in this trail mix. Dried fruit is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, and the nuts add healthy fats and protein, which makes this an excellent on-the-go snack.
  • Hazelnut Hummus
    Karen Steffens

    Hazelnut Hummus

    Toasted hazelnuts add a new dimension of flavor to this garlicky bean spread.
  • Hot Bean-and-Cheese Dip

    Hot Bean-and-Cheese Dip

    Make this easy dip with ingredients you already have on hand: canned beans, canned tomato, caned chiles, hot sauce and cheese.
  • Lemony Fruit Dip
    Karry Hosford

    Lemony Fruit Dip

    Serve this fluffy citrus-kissed dip with any of your favorite fruits.
  • Coconut Shrimp with Mango Sauce
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Coconut Shrimp with Mango Sauce

    Gluten-free panko breadcrumbs and flaked coconut create a delightfully sweet crust on tender shrimp, ideal for dipping in spicy-sweet Mango Sauce.
  • Endive with Smoked Salmon

    Endive with Smoked Salmon

    Endive leaves make a great alternative to bread or crackers.
  • Citrus, Fennel, and Rosemary Olives
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Citrus, Fennel, and Rosemary Olives

    A mix of fruity and meaty olives works well in this recipe. They are ideal for cocktail platters, antipasto, snacking, or as a gift when placed in a decorative jar. You can refrigerate them for up to a month.
  • Sweet-Hot Spiced Pecans
    James Carrier

    Sweet-Hot Spiced Pecans

    Toasting nuts brings out their flavor, and the flavor gets even better when you toast them in a mixture of sugar and spices.
  • Roasted Garlic, Poblano, and Red Pepper Guacamole with Homemade Tortilla Chips
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Roasted Garlic, Poblano, and Red Pepper Guacamole

    Homemade tortilla chips are easy to make and even easier to eat with this colorful guacamole. When storing, press plastic wrap against the surface of the guacamole to keep it from turning brown.
  • Bruschetta with Warm Tomatoes
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    Bruschetta with Warm Tomatoes

    Use any variety of small summer tomatoes you find at the market in this recipe. For a gorgeous look, mix tomato colors and shapes, such as yellow and orange pear tomatoes paired with red grape tomatoes.
  • Tempura Green Beans with Mild Cayenne Sour Cream
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Tempura Green Beans with Mild Cayenne Sour Cream

    Batters like this one that use carbonated beverages such as club soda produce gas bubbles that discourage oil absorption, yielding a lighter fried food.
  • Spiced Pecan-Cherry Crunch Mix
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Spiced Pecan-Cherry Crunch Mix

    Gluten-free toasted rice cereal, pecans, dried cherries, and spices are the key ingredients that make this snack mix anything but ordinary.

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