If you’re living a gluten free lifestyle, sometimes it can be hard to come up with interesting new sides. We’ve got you covered!
This collection of easy Gluten Free Side Dishes has twenty five amazing accompaniments to your favorite mains.
This list has it all, from rice dishes to veggies, potato preparations to corn recipes, and so much more
Cook your way through all of these tasty gluten free side dishes, we’re sure you’ll find some new favorites!
Gluten Free Side Dishes
1. Cilantro Lime Rice (Chipotle Rice Recipe)
With just the tiniest but of effort, you can take your basic rice to new heights. This Cilantro Lime Rice is based off of that made popular by Chipotle’s, and tastes just as good.
This is one if the easiest gluten free side dishes you’ll ever cook.
2. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad (Gluten Free)
This Mediterranean quinoa salad is exactly what it sounds like, a quinoa salad made Mediterranean-style.
It uses quinoa, roasted cherry tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, feta cheese, kalamata olives, toasted pine nuts, and more. It’s so good!
3. Easy Baked Sweet Potato Fries
These easy baked sweet potato fries are a great way to bring the joy that comes with sweet potato fries to your own home.
They are gluten-free, vegetarian, and perfectly seasoned. If you need a finger-food side, definitely give these fries a try!
4. Cheese Grits
Cheese Grits… the ultimate Southern side dish! This creamy and comforting corn-based delight is a staple in the south, equally great for breakfast or dinner.
This one deserves a spot in every cook’s repertoire.
5. Cowboy Caviar
Cowboy Caviar can act as an salad or dip. It’s as simple as chopping all the veggies and mixing with beans all drizzled in a tasty, zingy chili lime dressing.
Made with simple, healthy ingredients like cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, avocado, sweet corn, and beans, it makes up a giant bowl, making it perfect for all the potlucks and BBQ parties.
6. Arroz con Gandules
This Arroz con Gandules recipe may be my new favorite gluten free side!
Tender rice with pigeon peas, generously flavored with salted pork, sofrito, tomato sauce and some great Latin seasonings. YUM!
7. Creole Coleslaw
This creamy Creole Coleslaw is a great variation on that classic potluck side dish. Your traditional slaw gets a zippy upgrade.
Bring this to your next get together and guests will be asking for the secret to your slaw!
8. Refried Beans
Refried beans are by far one of the most popular Mexican side dishes. They go with pretty much and Mexican entrée.
This easy recipe shows you how to perfect them at home.
9. Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are one of the ultimate comfort foods. They’re a wonderful side to accompany a variety of mains.
This easy recipe has the addition of goat cheese, for an extra punch of flavor!
10. Mexican Street Corn Salad
This Mexican Street Corn Salad is going to be the new star at your dinner table.
When everyone else shows up with yet another pasta or potato salad, the crowd will gather around these amazing flavors that come from just a few simple ingredients.
11. Cannellini Beans
This Cannellini Beans recipe is the best, hands down! Creamy, buttery beans are enhanced with plenty of fresh herbs, garlic, parmesan, cherry tomatoes, and a good dousing of good ol’ EVOO.
Give it a try, it’s awesome!
12. Saffron Rice
Elevate your basic side dish with this simple and easy Saffron Rice recipe. You’ll be amazed how much flavor your humble grain can have.
It’s one of our favorite gluten free side dishes.
13. Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad with Pesto
Spring and summer demand colorful, light, refreshing salads. So here it is our Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad, but with major flavor bender… delicious basil pesto dressing.
This flavorful salad is sure to become one of your favorites!
14. Lebanese Batata Harra
Add an exotic twist to your everyday potatoes with this Lebanese delight. Packed full of flavors, if you love fresh herbs this batata harra may be your new go-to potato dish.
This Caponata is a super trendy Sicilian dish that will win everyone’s hearts and taste buds.
You will love the perfect combination of sweet, sour, and fresh ingredients that are just too good with each other.
A delicious eggplant side dish that is great with any hearty weekend meal.
16. Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
These roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon are a treat for all seasons, and will look especially impressive on your holiday spread.
Get ready for many compliments from your friends and family!
17. Dirty Rice
Dirty Rice is a famous dish in Creole and Cajun cuisines. White rice gets a “dirty” color from bits of meat and a generous dose of seasonings.
It’s a super delicious recipe that’s packed with flavor.
18. Gluten Free Green Rice Casserole
This green rice casserole can be great addition to your dinner spread, or an easy quick meal on meatless nights.
Creamy, cheesy goodness with spinach and peppers, this might become your new favorite rice dish. Great way to use leftover rice.
19. Green Bean Almondine
This dish not only makes your humble green beans fancy, but it’s absolutely delicious and elegant in its simplicity.
Vibrant French style green beans tossed with brown butter, toasty almonds (that’s where almondine comes from), shallots, garlic and a squeeze of lemon to brighten it in the end.
These famously twice-fried green plantain discs are crunchy crisp on the outside with a softer inside.
All you need is a sprinkling of sea salt on top and stack a heap of them along with some dipping sauce for unlimited snacking.
21. Chili Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Pecans
These chili maple glazed sweet potatoes with pecans have a nice kick due to being topped with a marvelous maple-chili glaze.
The maple syrup adds sweetness, and the chili adds spiciness to make for a great sweet and spicy combo.
22. Jamaican Rice and Peas
Jamaican Rice and Peas is a super tasty side dish flavored with coconut milk, aromatics and spices.
It’s a must alongside Jerk Chicken, but also goes great with any other grilled meats.
23. Peach Salsa
This fresh peach salsa is one of the delights of summer. It’s a perfect sweet side to go with your favorite cookout mains.
Just try this super salsa recipe before peach season is over.
24. Habichuelas Guisadas (Puerto Rican Stewed Beans)
This Habichuelas Guisadas (Puerto Rican Stewed Beans) are the tastiest beans you will ever eat, seasoned with tomato, sofrito, sazon and adobo.
Once you try your beans the Puerto Rican way, you may never eat them any other way again.
25. Lazy Sweet Potato Mash
This recipe is so easy to make, we call it lazy. Sometimes, it’s okay to be lazy, and if you need all the time you can get, then this one’s for you.
The sweet potato is simply cooked in the microwave and mashed up, to make a dish that’s easy and delicious.
So many healthy gluten free side dishes to try! Which one will you make first?
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- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup basmati or jasmine rice
- 1.5 Tbsp lime juice
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
- Bring water and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan.
- Stir in rice. Reduce heat to medium low, cover, and cook 20 minutes.
- While rice is cooking, mix oil, lime juice and cilantro in a small bowl.
- Once rice has finished cooking, remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes, then toss in cilantro lime mixture.
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