5 Gluten-Free Snacks to Take to a Summer BBQ
Summer is here, and your schedule is packed with backyard barbecues and patio parties. Although these outdoor celebrations are wonderful ways to spend time in the sun with the people you love, they can be stressful occasions for people who are sensitive to gluten. If you’re planning to contribute a dish to an upcoming gathering, and either you or someone who will be attending is following a gluten-free diet, consider one of these gluten-free snacks. They’re simple, healthy, and made without wheat, barley, or rye—three commonly used grains that contain gluten proteins.
Homemade Salsa and Corn Chips
Almost everyone loves snacking on chips and dip. If you want to bring some to your next party, consider keeping things light and fresh by making your own salsa and serving it with simple corn chips. Look at the ingredient list for the corn chips to be sure they’re gluten-free. The most basic varieties are made from corn, salt, and lime juice.
To make your salsa, dice red tomatoes, peppers, onions, and cilantro, and toss them together in a bowl. You can go as spicy or as sweet as you’d like. For a hotter salsa, use jalapeno peppers and white onions. For a sweet salsa, bell peppers and yellow onions are a good option.
Fresh Fruit Kebabs
All fresh, whole fruits are naturally gluten-free. Head to the store and stock up on fresh seasonal fruits and chop them into bite-size pieces. Then, thread them onto wooden food skewers for easy eating at an outdoor gathering.
For a fun rainbow design try this combination: a strawberry, an orange slice, a pineapple cube, a honeydew melon cube, a blueberry, and a purple grape. Or showcase a variety of tropical fruits such as pineapple, mango, and papaya.
Have a sweet tooth? You can make your own flourless gluten-free snacks to bring to the party. No-bake cookies are a great option when you don’t have much time and don’t want to heat up the house by turning on the oven. Search for gluten-free recipes like raw coconut chocolate bites, no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies, or no-bake oatmeal raisin cookie dough balls to bring to a backyard barbecue.
Popcorn is the perfect snack for backyard gatherings with your girlfriends—and thankfully, it’s also naturally gluten-free! To spice up this snack, sprinkle condiments over the hot, fresh-popped popcorn to give it extra flavor. A few ideas include powdered, gluten-free taco seasoning mix, gluten-free ranch dressing powdered mix, a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar, a drizzle of melted dark chocolate, or a splash of gluten-free hot pepper sauce.
Hummus and Veggies
Whip up a simple batch of homemade hummus, a seasoned bean dip. You can flavor it with extra lemon, garlic, or a roasted vegetable—such as red bell peppers—to give it a distinct flavor.
Serve the dip with a tray of fresh cut veggies including celery sticks, cucumber slices, baby carrots, grape tomatoes, sugar snap pea pods, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, and bell pepper slices.
Going gluten-free this summer is pretty simple if you stick to making snacks featuring fresh produce and minimally processed ingredients. Before starting any recipe, check the ingredient lists on the packaged products you plan to use. Many have allergen statements that identify gluten as an ingredient or possible contaminant at the factory where the food was produced.