These gluten free appetizers are our top crowd-pleasing recipes that everyone will love…no matter how they eat! Try them all.
Looking for gluten free snack ideas? You probably already know this: you don’t have to give anything up by avoiding gluten. Nope, these gluten free ideas are some of the most delicious of all of our appetizer recipes! Everything from creamy dips to guacamole to crunchy salty snacks are part of this incredible list of crowd-pleasing favorites.
Here are all the best gluten free appetizers that please everyone…no matter how they eat! In fact, no one will notice that anything is missing. These are all tried and true favorites that receive rave reviews from our friends and family. Ready to get started?
At the top of the list of gluten free appetizers: Loaded Sweet Potato Bites! Who needs bread when you can use roasted sweet potatoes? These little "toasts" are spiced with cumin and chili powder, then loaded with cheese, sour cream and hot sauce. The flavor loaded into one bite is unreal! We make these often and guests gobble them down quickly.
Another crowd-pleasing gluten free appetizer recipe? This spinach artichoke dip is pure perfection. This spin takes this classic to a new level! This tangy, creamy dip is such a crowd pleaser that it might interfere with the conversation when you serve it (sorry!). Whenever we make it, everyone parks around the bowl exclaiming how good it is.
People go crazy over this gluten free appetizer recipe: roasted chickpeas! It's a healthy-ish snack that's that ultimate satisfier of a salty snack craving. They’re crispy, crunchy, perfectly spiced, and they stay crunchy in the pantry for days. And they’re a naturally plant based and gluten free snack! Score.
This gluten free appetizer that always goes over well: Texas caviar! Cowboy caviar, as it’s also known, was invented in Texas and has now spread all over the US. This combo of black eyed peas, veggies and a vinaigrette dressing is equal parts zesty and comforting: and you can use it as a chip dip or healthy side dish. This recipe has loads of colorful veggies, cilantro and jalapenos, and a simple zingy dressing with the perfect flavor. Dip with tortilla chips.
Here's another big crowd pleaser gluten free appetizer on the sweeter side: peanut butter dip! It's got just 4 ingredients and tastes like frosting. It works for any occasion: a quick snack for kids, a family party, or a big snacks table. Or use it for a sweets craving after a meal!
Dip with: Green apple slices, strawberries, or pineapple
Here's another great gluten free appetizer: goat cheese stuffed dates! This appetizer recipe is incredibly easy to make, and the flavor of this simple pairing is outrageous. Pair the sweet caramel chewiness of Medjool dates with tangy goat cheese, and the sweet-savory combo is out of this world. Top them with a dusting of pistachios and a sprinkle of smoked paprika.
These marinated olives are always a big hit! This dish will make an olive lover out of anyone. Using the right olives here results in smooth, rich flavor: not briny or overly salty. The garlic, lemon and herbs make a symphony of flavor! Every time we make these and set them out on the table, people go crazy for them! Add to a cheese platter or charcuterie board.
Make this caramelized onion dip the centerpiece of an epic happy hour platter surrounded by veggies, chips, olives, and cheese! You’ll find people congregate around this dip because it’s just that good: loaded with caramelized onions that were simmered in red wine and cool sour cream. It’s perfect for dipping: potato chips are our personal fave.
Here's a gluten free appetizer recipe people can't stop talking about: chocolate hummus! This surprisingly delicious hummus tastes like chocolate, but is made with chickpeas. Use it as you would a fruit dip: it's full of chocolaty flavor but tastes light and fresh! Dip with green onion slices or strawberries (or try gluten-free pretzels).
This ranch dip is the ideal gluten free appetizer! It's made with all natural, whole food ingredients: no seasoning packets here! Just a few simple spices and you've got a perfectly creamy dip for veggies and chips. Made with Greek yogurt, it's a healthy spin on the traditional sour cream.
Another classic gluten free appetizer? Guacamole and organic corn chips! When we serve it, a chorus of “Wow’s” fill the room. (Really.) What makes it so great? It’s classic and has the perfect balanced flavor: perfectly savory, creamy, and tangy. Serve it up with homemade tortilla chips warm from the oven.
Love dill pickles? Love dip? Good. Because we’ve got the perfect gluten free appetizer recipe for you: dill pickle dip! Creamy and tangy, the flavor is like biting into a dill pickle spear. It’s absolutely perfect with potato chips or cucumber slices.
Here's another great gluten free appetizer: Baked Brie! There could not be an easier appetizer to make. Here’s what you need to know about making a melty, delicious pile of brie. The great part? The toppings are versatile depending on your preferences, and you can make a beautiful platter with little effort. Dip with gluten-free crackers (or these homemade cashew crackers).
This gluten free appetizer is so creamy and irresistible, you'll be amazed there's no cheese to speak of! Somehow it’s just as satisfying as a cheesy Mexican dip, without the extra calories. You can use either Instant Pot refried beans, stovetop refried beans, or canned refried beans, then mix them with green chilis and cumin. Top it with salsa fresca and it's a healthy spin on a bean dip that's seriously satisfying.
Here's another great spinach dip recipe...the kind that's served cold! This one is a little healthier than most, relying on Greek yogurt for much of the creaminess. Because it’s not baked, it’s quick to put together: just 10 minutes! Literally the perfect finger food for easy entertaining. Dip with gluten-free crackers like these almond crackers.
This zesty green pea dip is out of this world, and loved by everyone including avowed pea haters. It takes just a few minutes to make: simply blend up green peas (frozen and defrosted) with a load of cilantro and salsa verde. It turns into a flavorful dip that's perfect with pita chips!
Another fan favorite gluten free appetizer: fruit dip! This simple yogurt fruit dip recipe is so quick to make! Naturally sweet and flavored with vanilla and cinnamon, it comes together in less than 5 minutes and is a healthy snack. It’s got no refined sugar like many of the store-bought fruit dips. Dip with green apples, pineapple, strawberries, or bananas.
This buffalo cauliflower doesn’t taste like a sacrifice in the least! This gluten free appetizer recipe is a great alternative to buffalo chicken dip, which is tasty but can be high calorie. Simply roast up your cauliflower and slather it in blue cheese dip: it’s a healthy snack that tastes seriously indulgent.
Last up in our gluten free appetizers: this famous tomato dip! This tasty dip really has become famous in our circles. It takes just 5 minutes to whiz together in a blender or food processor: just tomatoes, almonds, garlic, and olive oil. The flavor is so irresistible, it's always gobbled up in a flash. Dip with gluten-free crackers like these cashew almond crackers.
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Cut the sweet potatoes into ¼-inch slices. Place the slices in a large bowl, sprinkle with 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon chili powder, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and stir to thoroughly coat both sides of all slices. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, taking care that the rounds do not overlap (if possible). Bake 10 minutes on one side, then remove from the oven, flip all rounds, and bake another 10 minutes until soft.
When the potatoes are done, remove them from oven and add a dot of hot sauce on each round (or more if desired). Top each round with shredded cheese and wait a few minutes for the cheese to melt (the potatoes will be hot enough at this point to melt the cheese).
To serve, place the rounds on a platter. Add a dollop of sour cream on each round, and garnish with sliced green onions. (Tip: To make the sour cream easier to dollop, mix it in a bowl with a few drops of water to loosen it).
Note: This recipe makes enough for about 1 baking sheet of rounds; we had a few rounds left over that spilled onto a second sheet.
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.