Gluten-Free Barbecue

While most of what you put on the grill itself is, of course, gluten-free, so often the pasta sides and burger buns are off limits to anyone dealing with gluten sensitivity. These recipes will get you back into the party without feeling like you have to compromise to enjoy a gluten-free barbecue.

Grilled Avocados with Black Bean Salsa

If you’re looking for a non-traditional flavor for the grill that will never leave you wishing for a starchy hamburger bun, this is it. Creamy avocado teams up with snappy, protein-rich black bean salsa for a taste you won’t forget. (3 Guiding Stars)

Avocado / Jaanus Silla / CC BY 2.0

Pico De Gallo

Many tortilla chips, like Baked Tostitos Scoops, both earn Guiding Stars and are free from gluten. Dress them up with this delightful fresh salsa for a side dish you’ll want to keep munching on. (2 Guiding Stars)

Mango Rice Salad

Rice is naturally gluten-free, and what announces the start of summer more convincingly than the fresh, sweet tang of ripe mango? (3 Guiding Stars)

Rainbow Chard with Figs

Many barbecues focus on meat and starch, but the beginning of summer is one of the best times to enjoy locally-grown greens. Why not include a dish of greens that will have the kids asking for seconds? (3 Guiding Stars)

Gluten-Free Spinach Roasted Fingerlings

If the grill is going to fill up, pop these savory young potatoes into the oven to roast. They have enough flavor that you won’t want to add the usual sour cream, butter or salt. (2 Guiding Stars)

Tropical Ginger Punch

Every good barbecue has libations, of course, but skip the sherbet-soda soup that passes for punch in favor of this spicy citrus drink. Your tongue and body will thank you for the change of pace. (2 Guiding Stars)

Banana Waldorf

What’s a party without dessert? Mix up a big batch of this non-traditional take on a Waldorf salad for a satisfying dessert that’s free from both gluten and guilt. (2 Guiding Stars)