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10 Delicious Gluten-Free Appetizers Perfect for a Party

April 12, 2024
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Gluten is a common ingredient in party snacks; so many recipes call for puff pastry, bread, or crackers, all of which have wheat flour. But being gluten free doesn’t mean you have to miss out. 

Our favorite gluten-free appetizer recipes will wow your guests, whether they avoid gluten or not. Whether you prefer dips, chips, or stuffed vegetables, this round-up has something for everyone. With just a few ingredient swaps, you can transform your starters into delicious gluten-free appetizers your guests will love. 

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1. Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

gluten-free appetizers: roasted chickpeas recipe

Courtesy of Gluten Free Alchemist

These savory, crunchy chickpeas are even better than a bowl of nuts at a party. Rinse, drain, and dry your canned chickpeas before sprinkling with olive oil and seasonings. Then, bake for 25 minutes until seriously crisp. This recipe calls for smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, and garlic powder, but if you like heat, you can always add some red pepper flakes, too. 

Try this recipe from Gluten Free Alchemist.

2. Whipped Hot Honey Cottage Cheese Dip

whipped hot honey cottage cheese recipe

Courtesy of Eating Bird Food

There’s nothing like a protein-packed whipped cottage cheese dip to keep your guests coming back for more. Try drizzling with hot honey for a sweet and spicy twist. Top with pistachios for a salty crunch and serve with gluten-free crackers or vegetables. 

Try this recipe from Eating Bird Food.

3. Smoked Salmon and Cucumber

gluten-free appetizers: smoked salmon and cucumbers recipe

Courtesy of The Endless Meal

This smoky and protein-packed appetizer is a one-bite treat that features the best parts of a bagel, without the bagel. Slice mini cucumbers for the base and add a thin slice of smoked salmon. Top with a cream cheese, lemon, and Greek yogurt mixture. Sprinkle dill on top for an herby (and decorative) finish. 

Try this recipe from The Endless Meal.

4. Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dip

buffalo cauliflower and blue cheese dip recipe

Courtesy of A Couple Cooks

Turn your buffalo wings into a light and healthy appetizer with this buffalo cauliflower recipe. You can roast your cauliflower in the oven or an air fryer to caramelize it, no breading needed. Toss the veggies in a tangy and spicy buffalo sauce to satisfy those game-day party cravings. The yogurt-based blue cheese dip cools everything down.

Try this recipe from A Couple Cooks.

5. Loaded Potato Skins with Mushroom Bacon

gluten-free appetizers: loaded potato skins with mushroom bacon recipe

Courtesy of Rachlmansfield

Craving loaded potato skins? This version hits all the nostalgic notes, but it’s gluten-free and dairy-free, and features mushroom “bacon.” You cook the mushrooms in bone broth to lend them extra rich flavor. Blend cashews for a creamy, nutty “queso” and finish with cilantro, tomatoes, and avocados. 

Try this recipe from Rachlmansfield.

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6. Caprese Skewer

Caprese skewer recipe

Courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats

Everyone’s favorite salad becomes a classic appetizer with these festive skewers. The basil, sweet tomatoes, and tangy balsamic create a refreshing flavor profile. Simply pierce mozzarella pearls, cherry tomatoes, and a basil leaf with a toothpick, sprinkle with salt and balsamic vinegar, and serve.

Try this recipe from Iowa Girl Eats.

7. Hummus

gluten-free appetizers: hummus recipe

Courtesy of Dish by Dish

Hummus is a gluten-free appetizer rich in fiber and protein. Blend chickpeas, lemon, tahini, olive oil, and salt until smooth. Customize this creamy base with hot peppers or sun-dried tomatoes if you prefer your hummus spicy or sweet. Serve with gluten-free chips, bread, or crackers, or with sliced vegetables. 

Try this recipe from Dish by Dish.

8. Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy caviar recipe

Courtesy of One Lovely Life

Here’s a social media food trend that stands the test of time. Cowboy caviar is a vegan and gluten-free appetizer full of fiber-rich beans and fresh vegetables. To replicate this popular app, mix chopped cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, avocados, onions, jalapeños, canned corn, canned black beans, and cilantro. Toss with chili powder and fresh lime juice, then serve with plenty of gluten-free tortilla chips for a bright, veggie-based dip.

Try this recipe from One Lovely Life.

9. Spinach and Feta Stuffed Mushrooms 

gluten-free appetizers: spinach and feta stuffed mushrooms

Courtesy of Being Nutritious

Stuffed mushrooms are a hearty appetizer that works for any get-together. Swap the traditional dense stuffing with gluten-free-friendly ingredients like sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and feta cheese. Tomatoes and feta add some zing, which pairs well with the savory mushrooms. 

Try this recipe from Being Nutritious.

10. Air-Fryer Sweet Potato Chips

air-fryer sweet potato chips recipe

Courtesy of Budget Delicious

One of the easiest gluten-free appetizers only requires two ingredients: thinly sliced sweet potatoes and a dash of seasoning. It’s suitable for vegan, paleo, and gluten-free diets. Simply spread the seasoned potato slices in an air fryer and cook for 5 minutes. Bonus: Sprinkle with cayenne pepper or chili powder for a touch of heat. 

Try this recipe from Budget Delicious.

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