Gluten-Free Snacks & Appetizers

These delicious gluten-conscious light bites are ideal between meals or to satisfy pre-meal munchies.

Roasted Garlic, Poblano, and Red Pepper Guacamole with Homemade Tortilla Chips

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Healthy Gluten-Free Snacks and Appetizers

Gluten is everywhere and shows up in many prepackaged and processed foods, making snacking a challenge. The best way to ensure gluten-free choices is to prepare foods in your own kitchen. These fresh and delicious gluten-free snacks and appetizers are packed with flavor and promise healthy and safe snacking.

We'll start with Roasted Garlic, Poblano, and Red Pepper Guacamole with Homemade Tortilla Chips.

When storing this guacamole, press plastic wrap against its surface to keep it from turning brown. You can use it to liven up a turkey sandwich or as a condiment in a vegetable wrap.

View Recipe: Roasted Garlic, Poblano, and Red Pepper Guacamole with Homemade Tortilla Chips

Kalamata-Garbanzo Hummus

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Kalamata-Garbanzo Hummus

Tangy Greek yogurt and salty olives give this hummus a Mediterranean kick. Serve with gluten-free rice chips. Opa!

View Recipe: Kalamata-Garbanzo Hummus

Roasted Sweet Onion Dip

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Roasted Sweet Onion Dip

Serve this dip with gluten-free rice crackers or mixed fresh vegetables. Making the recipe a day ahead allows the flavors to meld.

View Recipe: Roasted Sweet Onion Dip

Citrus, Fennel, and Rosemary Olives

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Citrus, Fennel, and Rosemary Olives

A mix of fruity and meaty olives works well in this recipe. They are ideal for cocktail platters, antipasto, snacking, or as a gift when placed in a decorative jar. You can refrigerate the olives for up to a month.

View Recipe: Citrus, Fennel, and Rosemary Olives

Bruschetta with Warm Tomatoes

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Bruschetta with Warm Tomatoes

Use any variety of small summer tomatoes you find at the market; for a gorgeous look, mix tomato colors and shapes, such as yellow and orange pear tomatoes paired with red grape tomatoes.

View Recipe: Bruschetta with Warm Tomatoes

Smoked Salmon Crostini

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Smoked Salmon Crostini

You can prepare the salmon topping earlier in the day and keep it refrigerated until ready to assemble. These appetizers look great assembled like canapés. Serve these immediately after toasting and assembling since gluten-free bread can toughen quickly if left out after heating or toasting.

View Recipe: Smoked Salmon Crostini

Beef Teriyaki Crisps with Wasabi Mayonnaise

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Beef Teriyaki Crisps with Wasabi Mayonnaise

Prepare the mayonnaise mixture and cook the steak up to a day in advance. There’s no need to reheat it; just slice the steak about an hour ahead, and leave at room temperature.

*Remember to check for gluten in soy sauce.

View Recipe: Beef Teriyaki Crisps with Wasabi Mayonnaise

Tempura Green Beans with Mild Cayenne Sour Cream

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Tempura Green Beans with Mild Cayenne Sour Cream

Batters like this one that use carbonated beverages such as club soda produce gas bubbles that discourage oil absorption, yielding a lighter fried food.

View Recipe: Tempura Green Beans with Mild Cayenne Sour Cream

Diner-Style Onion Rings

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Diner-Style Onion Rings

You’ll have some of the batter left over, but don’t decrease the amount you use. You need the full amount so the onion rings can be immersed in batter and get fully coated.

View Recipe: Diner-Style Onion Rings

Grilled Shrimp with Romesco Sauce

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Grilled Shrimp with Romesco Sauce

To get a head start on this appetizer, you can prepare and refrigerate the no-cook sauce the night before. Store it in an airtight container, and then set it out while you grill your shrimp so it can come to room temperature; or, serve the sauce chilled, if you like.

View Recipe: Grilled Shrimp with Romesco Sauce

Coconut Shrimp with Mango Sauce

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Coconut Shrimp with Mango Sauce

A light and crisp coconut topping coats delicious shrimp. Mango sauce gives a punch of fresh and fruity flavor. We use for gluten-free panko-style breadcrumbs (we suggest Kinnikinnick brand panko).

View Recipe: Coconut Shrimp with Mango Sauce

Spiced Pecan-Cherry Crunch Mix

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Spiced Pecan-Cherry Crunch Mix

This is a versatile snack mix, so feel free to substitute another type of nut in place of the pecans (almonds would be delicious), or try dried cranberries or raisins in place of the cherries.

View Recipe: Spiced Pecan-Cherry Crunch Mix

Spicy Almond-Pumpkinseed Snack Mix

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Spicy Almond-Pumpkinseed Snack Mix

This snack mix stores well for up to a week in an airtight container.

*Remember to check for gluten in Worcestershire sauce.

View Recipe: Spicy Almond-Pumpkinseed Snack Mix

Honey-Roasted Nuts and Fruit

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Honey-Roasted Nuts and Fruit

Use any variety of mixed nuts or seeds you like in this trail mix. Dried fruit is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, and the nuts add healthy fats and protein, which makes this an excellent on-the-go snack.

View Recipe: Honey-Roasted Nuts and Fruit

Indian-Spiced Roasted Nuts

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Indian-Spiced Roasted Nuts

This simple recipe makes a tasty party snack. Use your favorite nuts, and add a bit of heat with a dash of ground red pepper, if you like.

View Recipe: Indian-Spiced Roasted Nuts

Chocolate-Almond Pretzels

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Chocolate-Almond Pretzels

Toasting almonds gives them a richer, nuttier taste. Simply spread the almonds on a baking sheet, and bake at 350° for 6 to 8 minutes. Or, place the almonds in a dry skillet, and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes or until they’re toasted. Be sure to watch them carefully —they can go from toasted to burned very quickly.

*Remember to check for gluten in chocolate chips; we like Glutino brand gluten-free pretzels.

View Recipe: Chocolate-Almond Pretzels

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