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25 Gluten Free Appetizers That Will Inspire Your Menu

25 Gluten Free Appetizers That Will Inspire Your Menu

Are you planning a party that needs to include plenty of gluten free appetizers? We started a list of inspirational gluten free recipes for you!

Nowadays when you sit down to plan an event, whether it is for five or fifty, it is important to be aware of food preferences the guests may have. 

More and more people are finding they have an intolerance to gluten. As the chef, here is a way to look at it: Gluten is a protein found in many grains, including wheat, barley and rye. 

Sometimes an offending ingredient can be omitted from a recipe easily, other times a substitute must be determined. 

It is easy to toss out the wheat barley and rye, but do not forget, gluten is often added to processed foods, such as canned and boxed items.

It may take a while to get the hang of it, but persevere, it is information worth knowing. Below, I am diving into gluten free appetizers to help us all get the hang of it!

From the holiday favorite Pecan Crusted Goat Cheese Log to Mexican Shrimp Cocktail to Easy Marinated Tomatoes, there are so many here, you just can’t beat these options.

And check out my personal favorite: #25. Cute for any holiday tray, tangy/sweet and entirely poppable with a short list of ingredients!

Always be sure to check the labels and recipe ingredient list for anything that isn’t strictly within your dietary restrictions.

1. Stuffed Mushrooms with Cream Cheese

This gluten free party recipe begins with mushrooms and ends with multiple cheeses mixed together and baked to perfection. 

The lemon juice added at the end brings these finger foods to life!

2. Prosciutto Wrapped Apple Bites

What do you get when you combine a slice of apple, cheese, arugula and prosciutto? 

A gluten free appetizer recipe is what you get! Colorful too!

3. How To Make Delicious And Cheesy Stuffed Mini Peppers

Peppers are so colorful and can be filled with lots of yummy things! 

In this wheat free appetizer, you will fill them with three kinds of cheeses and bacon! Perfect combination!

4. Sticky Sweet Chicken Appetizer

An appetizer with protein is always welcome, so this gluten free party recipe certainly makes the cut. 

Chicken, pineapple, maraschino cherries combined on a mini-skewer will please the whole bunch!

5. Pecan Crusted Goat Cheese Log

When you want a beautiful gluten free party recipe that will light up your serving area, this one should do the trick. 

Roll the goat cheese in honey and roasted pecans! Fantastic!

6. Caprese Salad Skewers Recipe (With Balsamic Glaze)

Caprese salad on a stick? 

That sounds like an easy gluten free appetizer for a party. 

Just sliding those cherry tomatoes, basil leaves, and mozzarella balls on the skewers sounds like fun!

7. How To Smoke Salmon At Home

If you want a more substantial gluten free appetizer recipe for brunch, consider smoking some salmon at home and serving it on top of quartered bagels with cream cheese.

8. Cajun Shrimp Guacamole Bites

This gluten free appetizer for a party will certainly impress the taste buds of your guests! 

Sweet potato crisps, a special recipe guacamole and cajun seasoned shrimp!

A real crowd pleaser!

9. Easy Shrimp Ceviche

This wheat free appetizer is colorful and can be served with a spoon or something to dip with. 

Dicing up shrimp (many ideas on how to cook listed), avocado, red onion, cucumber, and jalapeno makes the base. 

Then add juices over the top to deliver a delightfully bright flavor.

10. Bacon Wrapped Dates with Honey Herb Glaze

Sweet and savory come together with a little crunch in this gluten free appetizer recipe! Bacon is always a winner, dates for sweetness and along with the cheese hidden inside the wrap, there is also a pecan!

11. Hey Honey, Comb try these Cheese Pairings!

When you want to take your gluten free finger food recipes to the fancy level, consider using a honeycomb. 

There are SO many delicious cheese options to consider!

12. Rosemary, Truffle Oil, and Ricotta Dip

This smooth ricotta based, wheat free appetizer gets a spin through the food processor for extra creaminess! 

Remember to vet the crackers you serve alongside to be sure they are gluten free as well.

13. Taiwanese-Style Popcorn Mushrooms

Basil leaves and oyster mushrooms are front and center in this gluten free finger food recipe! 

Fried up crispy and seasoned well. Helpful pictures will guide you.

14. Chargrilled Oysters

If oysters on the half shell are what you want to serve, this gluten free appetizer recipe gives grilling instructions to do so.

It also adds a buttery savory melt on top for full enjoyment!

15. Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Because boil, gather, mix and enjoy are verbs I love, let me share with you this easy gluten free appetizer for a party.  This shrimp cocktail is fantastic!

16. Candied Bacon

Bacon as an easy gluten free appetizer for a party? Absolutely! 

Bacon, pepper and brown sugar put together and baked just so knock your socks off.

17. Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnut

A savory slice of bacon wrapped around a crunchy water chestnut is the gist of this gluten free appetizer recipe. 

Cover them with the sweet sauce halfway through baking and watch them disappear! 

18. Baked Chicken Taquitos

Corn tortillas are the wrapping needed here to pull all the delicious fillings you put inside together and make them stay put! 

You can bake or fry these easy gluten free appetizers for a party. 

Serve them up with salsa or guacamole or ranch dressing. Ole!

19. Vegan Dumplings | Vegetable Gyoza

Dumpling wraps are by default gluten free, so fill them up with the good stuff! 

It may take some time so consider making a large batch and freezing some for later! Your schedule will thank you later.

20. Cream Cheese Jalapeno Poppers with Bacon

Once you have the seven ingredients called for in this recipe and ten minutes to assemble, you are going to be in business making this wheat free appetizer! 

Do not forget the gloves when handling the jalapenos. Fifteen more minutes till done.

21. Broccoli Tater Tots Recipe

Almond flour, eggs and parmesan combine deliciously with broccoli for this wheat free appetizer recipe! 

Eat them as baked or serve with a dipping sauce.

22. Gluten Free Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe

When eating gluten free, sometimes old favorite recipes go by the wayside. 

But now you can have pretzel bites with this gluten free finger food recipe for pretzel bites. 

WIth the detailed explanation and pictures you can totally do this!

23. Marinated Cheese & Olives

Gotta say this easy gluten free appetizer for a party really impressed me. 

Not only with the quick way it goes together but by the savory taste combinations and the beautiful presentation!

24. Easy Marinated Tomatoes

This original recipe creation  of mine fits the category of gluten free party recipes, especially when you have lots of tomatoes on hand. 

Wash, slice, smash, cut, add, stir, cover. 

Easy peasy.

The waiting two hours for it to marinate is the only difficult part!

25. Goat-Cheese Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Gluten free finger food recipes abound when you start with a beautiful veggie. 

In this case tomatoes. 

Filled with goat cheese and seasonings, this one could not be easier!

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The bottom line

Avoiding gluten can be a bit tedious at first, but once you know the places where it can be hiding, and the substitutions available, it is not nearly so daunting. 

Who knows, maybe we are a little healthier for avoiding it in our everyday lives. 

Hope you found some treasures here.

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25 Gluten Free Appetizers

25 Gluten Free Appetizers

Trying to find the best gluten free appetizers? We've rounded up 25 delightful appetizers that are sure to inspire you.


  • Stuffed Mushrooms with Cream Cheese
  • Prosciutto Wrapped Apple Bites
  • How To Make Delicious And Cheesy Stuffed Mini Peppers
  • How to make goat cheese stuffed cherry tomatoes
  • Pecan Crusted Goat Cheese Log
  • Caprese Salad Skewers Recipe (With Balsamic Glaze)
  • How to Smoke Salmon at Home
  • Cajun Shrimp Guacamole Bites
  • Easy Shrimp Ceviche
  • Bacon Wrapped Dates with Honey Herb Glaze
  • Hey Honey, Comb try these Cheese Pairings!
  • Rosemary, Truffle Oil, and Ricotta Dip
  • Taiwanese-style Popcorn Mushrooms
  • Chargrilled Oysters
  • Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Recipe
  • Candied Bacon
  • Easy, family friendly recipes.
  • Baked Chicken Taquitos
  • Vegan Dumplings | Vegetable Gyoza
  • Cream Cheese Jalapeno Poppers with Bacon
  • Healthy & Delicious Broccoli Tater Tots
  • Gluten Free Soft Pretzel Bites
  • Marinated Cheese Olives
  • Easy marinated tomatoes
  • Sticky Sweet Chicken Appetizer


  1. Choose one or more options from our list of gluten free appetizers here!
  2. Create your new favorite dish.
  3. Pat yourself on the back for making food at home for you to enjoy!
  4. Share and comment! Did you make any tweaks so it’s all your own?

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