Entertaining Without Gluten


Do you struggle when planning a dinner menu for gluten-intolerant guests?

Dietary needs have become a hot topic. Many people are adopting a gluten-free lifestyle, and unlike fad diets, people suffering from gluten sensitivity or celiac disease must strictly follow their dietary restrictions.

Entertaining in today’s world is not just about delicious recipes. It’s also about understanding allergies, food sensitivities, and the benefits of healthy eating.

One of the most difficult tasks can simply be finding delicious gluten-free recipes when faced with this challenge—and worrying about gluten cross-contamination in your kitchen for guests who suffer from gluten intolerance or celiac disease.

What Is Gluten, Gluten Sensitivity, Celiac disease and Wheat Allergy?

Some people are unknowingly affected by gluten. Some may be gluten intolerant, and others may have celiac disease. There is no gluten allergy, but there is a wheat allergy.

Gluten is a combination of proteins found in grains like wheat, rye and barley. There are two factors in gluten: gliadin and glutenin. These two are the ones that are tested when you are testing for celiac disease.

celiac disease,

In Celiac disease, there is damage to the lining in the small intestine, called the villi. The villi absorb nutrients from food; when this is damaged, serious health issues may arise, such as osteoporosis, anemia, neurological issues, etc.

If celiac disease is undiagnosed, it can cause serious health problems like autoimmune disease, depression, and even cancer.

gluten sensitivity,

Gluten sensitivity has very similar symptoms to Celiac disease but without intestinal damage.

The symptoms of gluten sensitivity are typically abdominal pain, constipation, inflammation, migraine, skin disorders, fatigue and more. 

wheat allergy,

Wheat allergy is just that – an allergy! Think of it as an allergy to dairy, eggs, peanuts or crustaceans. The symptoms may include runny nose, wheezing, sneezing and even life-threatening anaphylaxis.

Is there a cure for Celiac disease?

There is no cure at this time for celiac disease. However, following a gluten-free diet, you will eliminate damage to the small intestine lining that may be caused by consuming foods that contain gluten.

Is processed food gluten-free?

I can assure you that most processed food found in your local supermarkets is not gluten-free. This is why it is important to understand that even a small amount of gluten can make someone with gluten sensitivity or Celiac disease very sick. 

How to keep gluten out of your kitchen?

When preparing gluten-free food for your guests, your kitchen must be gluten-free. What does this mean? It is important to avoid cross-contamination from ingredients that contain gluten. 

This may happen when foods that contain gluten are prepared on the same cutting boards, countertops, using the same kitchen equipment and tools, and even hands that are not properly washed after handling foods that contain gluten.

How to de-glutenize your kitchen.

All the equipment, utensils, cutting boards, countertops, bowls, and everything you use to prepare your guests’ dishes must be thoroughly washed, preferably in a dishwasher. 

Cutting boards are virtually impossible to clean properly, so it is best to allocate one cutting board used only for preparing gluten-free food.


Entertaining without gluten doesn’t have to be complicated!


You will find these tantalizing gluten-free recipes will impress your guests every time. You don’t need a whole lot of technique to make something memorable.

Gluten-Free Appetizers and Small Bites

Appetizers or finger food set the tone for the meal to come. For large gatherings, finger food offers a good selection of gluten-free foods for your guests, especially if you don’t know their diet concerns.


salmon cubes on a skewer appetizer


Gluten-Free Beef Chili Cups With Avocado Aioli

The Very Best Jalapeno Poppers

Salmon Pops With Piquant Dill Sauce

Gluten-Free Ham and Cheese Fritters

Gluten-Free Baked Yam Falafel

Hot Pizza Dip – (Gluten-Free, Keto)

Smoked Salmon Tartare Bites

Gluten-Free Firecracker Chicken & Mozzarella Meatballs

Bacon Wrapped Cauliflower with Avocado Aioli {Keto}

Hot Camembert Dip Recipe


Gluten-free Salads and Salad Dressing

There are simple ways to keep salads gluten-free and healthy. Keep the ingredients fresh and wholesome, and use homemade gluten-free salad dressing.


brown rice salad with vegetables and feta in a bowl for entertaining


Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Gluten-Free Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Brown Rice Salad

Best Vegan Coleslaw Recipe

Grilled Corn Salad With Cucumber & Minty Cilantro Vinaigrette

Vegan Ramen Salad With Sesame Ginger Dressing

Moroccan Chickpea Rice Salad (our most downloaded recipe on the blog and #1 on google)

Russian Salad with Artichokes

Easy Greek Quinoa Salad

Tuscan White Bean Salad

Immune Boosting Lentil Salad

Cauliflower Salad

Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad

18 Healthy Gluten-Free Salad Dressing Recipes


Gluten-free Soups

Soups are satisfying any time of the year, and you can serve them as a starter or a main dish. Chilled creamy soups in the summer, hot soups for that comforting feeling, or hearty soups on cold winter nights. Whether you are making vegan, vegetarian or a full-on meaty soup adding fresh herbs and spices will make any soup packed with flavour.


VEGAN Vegan Vichyssoise in a bowl for entertaining


Clam Chowder with Charred Corn

Vegan Asparagus Soup With Mint

Rustic French Onion Soup

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Vegan Carrot and Coriander Soup

Spicy Thai Chicken Coconut Soup

Vegan Vichyssoise Soup

Split Pea Soup with Ham Bone

Vegetarian Celeriac Soup

Paleo Instant Pot Buffalo Sweet Potato Soup


Gluten-Free Mains

Whether preparing an intimate dinner or entertaining a crowd, these simple, gluten-free dishes will impress even the pickiest eaters.


salmon with thai coconut cream sauce in a skillet


Very Best Gluten-Free White Spinach Lasagna

Gluten-Free King Ranch Chicken

Salmon With Thai Coconut Cream Sauce

Sheet Pan Spanish Chicken Dinner

Crispy Chicken a l’Orange Recipe

One Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta Bake

Chilli Lime Chicken With Chorizo Rice

Gluten-Free Fish Pie Recipe

Moroccan Chicken Rice Dinner

Skillet Roasted Herb Chicken With Lemon Potatoes and Shallots

Best Gourmet Pork Rib Roast

Santa Fe Skillet Chicken Dinner


Gluten-Free Sides 

You will discover how easy it is to whip upsides to complement your mains. These recipes are allergy-friendly and fresh tasting.


sweet potato and yam mash in a bowl, side for entertaining


Yam And Sweet Potato Mash With Coconut Milk

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Shallots

Maple Ginger Roasted Carrots

Green Beans with Maple Bacon & Ginger

Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes – Vegan

Keto Garlic Mashed Fauxtatoes

Zucchini Gratin with Bacon and Leeks

Vegan Dirty Rice

Smashed Crispy Potatoes with Garlic Herb Lemon Butter & Parmesan Cheese

Upside-Down Mac And Cheese Pie With Bacon

Cheesy Leek Potato Gratin

Creamy Turnip and Carrot Mash

Italian Chargrilled Peppers


Gluten-Free Desserts

Creating decadent gluten-free desserts is not complicated. We have picked the simplest but most impressive desserts that will impress your guests every time.


lemon tart a dessert for entertaining


Gluten-Free Coconut Lemon Custard Pie

Gluten-Free French Lemon Tart

Gluten-Free Boston Cream Pie Recipe

Gluten Free No Bake Raspberry Chocolate Tart

Gluten-Free Cappuccino Cake

Gluten-Free No Bake Carrot Cake

Dairy-Free Coconut Crème Brûlée

The Very Best Gluten-Free Caribbean Rum Cake

Gluten-Free 3 Layer Blueberry Key Lime Cake

Easy Gluten-Free Strawberry Tiramisu

Gluten-Free Strawberry Cream Pie


I hope you will find these gluten-free recipes fun and inspirational next time you are entertaining family and friends. If you need some ideas on how to decorate your holiday table check out 67 Easy Easter Table Decor Ideas and Wow-Worthy Centerpieces

Kristina xx