These flavorful gluten free dinner recipes keep dinnertime exciting without making it feel like you’re giving anything up!
In a world that seems to revolve around gluten, it’s sometimes hard to see that some of the most delicious recipes can be naturally gluten free! Whether you’re eliminating gluten for medical reasons or as a personal preference, here are a selection of delicious and crowd pleasing gluten free dinner recipes to make dinnertime delicious. These recipes are colorful and satisfying: they don’t make it feel like you’re giving anything up! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do: let us know in the comments below.
And now, our best gluten free dinner recipes!
First up in our gluten free dinner recipes: enchiladas! Using corn tortillas makes these enchiladas gluten free, and MAN are they delicious! The artichoke filling is a stroke of genius: it gives a meaty, almost chicken-like texture and flavor—which makes these vegetarian enchiladas super satisfying for meat eaters. They’re also stuffed with quinoa so they’re a filling, satisfying vegetarian and gluten free main dish. The recipe calls for making a salsa verde out of fresh tomatillos: if you’re running low on time, you can substitute 2 cups of purchased salsa verde as a shortcut.
Next up in our gluten-free dinner recipes: our Moroccan cauliflower soup! This soup has been made by many readers and gets rave reviews! It’s both healthy and tasty, featuring cauliflower that is roasted until lightly charred in a very hot oven. Then it’s blended with onion, carrot and Moroccan spices into a silky puree: think cumin, coriander, turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon. For the garnish, a bit of the roasted cauliflower, green onion, and a drizzle of olive oil. This vegan soup is pretty simple, full of nutrients, and of course, gluten-free! Serve with a salad and almond crackers for a filling meal.
With no exaggeration, these are one of the best lettuce wraps we’ve ever had! The combination of guacamole, spicy chipotle black beans, and mango salsa is an explosion of flavor and textures. For a vegetarian lettuce wrap, they’re surprisingly filling. These lettuce wraps are chock full of vegetables and accommodate many diets. They’re one of our favorite gluten free dinner recipes! To cut down on prep time, buy your favorite guacamole at the store instead of making our homemade guacamole (though of course it’s absolutely worth it if you have the time!).
This spinach artichoke red rice casserole combines the gooey, comforting essence of spinach artichoke dip with the nourishing, whole grains of red rice! You could certainly substitute other types of rice or gluten free grains like quinoa in this casserole, but we love the contrast of the bright red rice against the green spinach. It also has a unique, nutty flavor. Accessorize it with a salad and you’ve got a hearty and delicious gluten free dinner recipe.
Here’s one of our most crowd pleasing gluten free dinner recipes: sweet potato chili! This chili is loaded with savory flavor and three types of beans. It also has a healthy spin, loaded with vegetables like sweet potatoes, which are a superfood high in nutrients. And, it’s so, so delicious, with added complexity from chili secrets like cocoa powder and balsamic vinegar. The recipe makes enough for a huge pot, so it’s good to feed a crowd (we’re of the opinion that chili should only be made in massive quantities). Garnish with all the fixins’ and enjoy.
This shrimp and mango salad recipe is drop-dead delicious: the sweet mango, creamy cilantro dressing, salty cashews, and savory shrimp work together beautifully. Second, it’s an incredibly healthy main dish with so many flavor components you could slide it past resistant healthy eaters. And third, it’s one of our most versatile gluten free dinner recipes, perfect for a crowd of various diets. Omit the shrimp for a vegetarian salad, and load up on cashews; it’s already gluten free and naturally low carb!
Next in our gluten free dinner recipes: bibimbap! Bibimbap is a Korean rice bowl full of pickled vegetables, savory sauce, and a runny egg, all stirred together into delicious savory goodness. This vegetarian bibimbap bowl is an interpretation of the original flavors, using quinoa instead of rice. Topped with quick pickled carrots and radishes, a super savory gochujang sauce, green beans, and topped with a fried egg, this bowl is bursting with flavor. If you’re up for a traditional Korean take, try our Homemade Dolsot Bibimbap.
Another fantastic concept for gluten free dinner recipes: stuffed sweet potatoes! And this healthy baked sweet potato recipe with Moroccan lentils is exceptional. The sweet potatoes are baked until moist and tender, then topped with Moroccan-spiced lentils featuring cumin seeds, cinnamon, paprika and harissa. To top it all off: a creamy lemon tahini sauce brings it all together. The vibrant sweet potatoes against the savory spiced lentils are the perfect match: drop-dead delicious!
This Thai salad is another gluten free main dish salad that’s super satisfying! The crunchy vegetables and warm, crisp-sauteed tofu are drizzled in an addicting creamy peanut sauce dressing, then topped with peanuts, cilantro, and lime. If you’re not a tofu fan, try substituting sauteed chicken, shrimp, or cooked and shelled edamame for the protein. As it stands, this Thai salad is gluten free, vegan, and dairy free, so it works for a variety of diets as well. There’s a lot going on in this bowl, since the more varied and interesting the flavors and textures of a salad, the more satisfying it is.
And last up in our gluten free dinner recipes: this potato corn chowder! It was inspired by a $1 bag of end-of-season corn from the farmer’s market. We wanted to create our own vegetarian potato corn chowder recipe that was healthy, full of vegetables, and filling. Milk and butter stand in for richness instead of cream, and in our vegan version (below) blended cashews bring creaminess. It’s a fantastic corn chowder that’s bursting with flavor and not too heavy.
Want a vegan version? Try our Vegan Corn Chowder.
Looking for more gluten free dinner recipes?
Outside of these best gluten free dinner recipes, we have many more on A Couple Cooks! Here are a few of our favorites:
- Best Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
- 5 Minute Seared Tuna Recipe
- Mexican Sweet Potatoes
- Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup Recipe
- Stir Fry Vegetables with Teriyaki
- Loaded Quinoa Tacos
- Quick Coconut Lentil Curry
- Veggie Burrito Bowl with Cauliflower Rice
- Shrimp with Fresh Corn Grits
- White Bean Shakshuka with Feta
Looking for more dinner recipes?
Outside of these healthy dinner recipes, here are a few more collections of dinner recipes:
- 10 Romantic Dinner Recipes
- Easy Vegetarian Recipes for Beginners
- Easy Dinner Recipes for Busy Lives
- Easy Healthy Dinner Recipes
- Best Vegan Dinner Recipes
- Easy Dinner Recipes for Family
- Easy Dinner Recipes for Two
- 10 Filling Plant Based Recipes Perfect for Dinner
- Easy Dinner Recipes for Beginners
- What Should I Make for Dinner?
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.