Our Favorite Gluten-Free Appetizers

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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    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
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    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.
  • Grilled Shrimp with Romesco Sauce
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    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.
  • 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
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Endive with Smoked Salmon

    Endive with Smoked Salmon

    Endive leaves make a great alternative to bread or crackers.

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