What’s Inside: This collection of 20 gluten-free, dairy-free side dish recipes can serve as your go-to guide for learning how to make the delicious, healthy sides at home for any occasion, especially dinner parties and holidays. Plus, many of these are Paleo-, Whole30-, and AIP-friendly!
Making Your Favorite Sides Gluten-Free Is Easier Than You May Think!
Side dishes are often some of the favorite foods on someone’s plate, especially around the holidays. (You know the ones I’m talking about – the mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and stuffing.) But these dishes — homemade or store-bought — can often have flour added as a thickener, so it can be tricky when dining out or at a friends for holiday meals, even when a side seems like it shouldn’t have gluten in it.
Moreover, they take up precious real estate in your stomach from how they expand before being digested. You know that overstuffed feeling you get after a big meal, especially on special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas, that essentially immobilizes you and sets you up for a post-feast nap in your comfy clothes? Well, it doesn’t have to be that way!
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That’s why I developed my own stockpile of delicious and healthy side dish recipes that are perfect additions to your holiday, potluck, cookout, and summer barbecue menus! It’s easy to make all of your favorite side dishes gluten-free (and dairy-free) so anyone can enjoy them whether they have a sensitivity to gluten or not. They all range in being Paleo, low-carb, and AIP-friendly. Yes, you can even enjoy most of these if you’re doing a Whole30, too! (But no one will be the wiser because they’re deceptively delicious)
People who have sensitivities to gluten are often sensitive to casein, too, which is a protein found in dairy. So take comfort in knowing these gluten-free sides are all dairy-free, as well!
My Favorite Gluten-Free Side Dish Recipes
I’ve rounded up 20+ of my favorite (and flavorful) gluten-free side dish recipes here for you, all in one convenient post. I hope you use this as a guide for what sides to make whether you’re hosting a get-together or bringing a culinary contribution to a meal surrounded by friends and family. Follow each recipe listed below to learn how to make delicious and easy side dish recipes year-round! Most of all, enjoy!
15-minute Flavorful Spanish Cauliflower Rice
4.59 from 36 votes
This easy Spanish Cauliflower Rice features all the flavors you love about the classic carb-loaded side dish, but is packed with veggies and free of grains. It's Paleo, Gluten-free, and Whole30- friendly with swaps to make it AIP as well. It's a perfect side for any protein or your next Taco Tuesday!
This hearty salad is so simple yet flavorful and is a really popular potluck or cookout side dish that's plant-based, gluten-free, Paleo, and AIP-friendly. It goes with everything and anyone can enjoy it.
Mashed potatoes are great, but you know what’s as good or even better? Creamy mashed cauliflower that's dairy-free and low-carb! This easy mashed cauliflower recipe is vegan, keto-friendly and an AIP-approved mashed potato alternative. Can be made with fresh or frozen cauliflower too.
These Greek Lemon Potatoes are made with simple ingredients and are roasted to perfection. Once you see how easy and flavorful they are, you’ll love to make them regularly as a go-to side dish! They're Whole30-friendly and Vegetarian.
Gluten-free | Grain-free | Dairy-free | Low-carb | Vegan | AIPI turned an old favorite into an allergen-friendly, delicious side or snack that you will love and have so much fun making. Using coconut wraps to replace phyllo dough, made this an easy swap to just add filling to!
A delicious set it and forget it stuffed artichoke recipe that will have you addicted! Using almond meal or tigernut flour makes this paleo, Whole30, or AIP. You can switch up the seasonings however you like and really make it your own, but this method is a sure fire way to amp up the flavor, texture, and skip the fuss when enjoying whole artichokes.(Paleo, AIP, gluten-free, vegan, Whole30)
Puerto Rican Picadillo with Plantain “Rice” (Paleo, Whole30, AIP-friendly, Low FODMAP-friendly)
4.63 from 8 votes
This Puerto Rican Hash is filled with delicious spices, sweet raisins and salty and briny olives making for a mega-flavorful dish! It’s traditionally served over white rice, but I was in the mood for plantains… so this dish has PLANTAIN RICE instead.
Creamy Dairy-free Mashed Cauliflower + 20 Gluten-Free Side Dish Recipes
4.64 from 11 votes
Mashed potatoes are great, but you know what’s as good or even better? Creamy mashed cauliflower! This easy mashed cauliflower recipe is vegan, low carb, keto-friendly and an AIP-approved mashed potato alternative. Can be made with fresh or frozen cauliflower, too. Plus, try some of my other favorite gluten-free side dish recipes!
2 headscauliflower, chopped into florets(or approx. 20-24 oz. florets, fresh or frozen)
2 Tbspextra virgin olive oil
1Bunch of fresh chives for topping
pinch of sea salt and pepper (omit for AIP) to taste
Bring water to boil and place florets in a steam rack on top, covering until tender and you can easily pierce with a fork (but they’re not falling apart), approx. 7-8 minutes or so. Alternatively, you may steam in the microwave for 3-4 minutes (do in 2-3 batches in a bow.) If using cauliflower rice, a steam basket won't work. You can try sauteéing in 1 Tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil in a non-stick or cast iron skillet just until soft and you'll need the amount of ounces as noted above.
Once ready, remove the florets and add to a food processor with extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt and pepper to taste. (you may need to do this in batches if you have a small food processor). You may alternativeely mash using a hand masher, an emulsion blender in a largee mixing bowl or pot if you don't have a food processor.
Transfer the mashed cauliflower to a serving dish and top with more oil or butter/ghee and fresh chives and sea salt if needed. Hot tip: check out my herbed mushroom gravy as a perfect topping.