25 Gluten-Free Dinners (That Taste Amazing)
People go gluten-free for a wide variety of reasons. Whatever your reasoning, I’ve got some tasty options for you! These gluten-free dinner recipes use all whole-food, plant-based ingredients and lots of different colors, like in these Sweet Potato Noodles. Most can be made in 30 minutes or less, and many are favorites for my own family. I’m pretty sure we make a version of the Chipotle Veggie Bowl every week! Try these gluten-free dinners for a worry-free meal that your family can share.
These dishes are either naturally gluten-free or modified to be so, so there is no guesswork for you. If you need gluten-free desserts to go with any of these dinners then check out my Fudgy Gluten-Free Brownies or Vegan Strawberry Muffins, for the ultimate decadent treats.
Gluten-Free Dinner Recipes
Let’s dive into these gluten-free dinners! These options are deliciously flavored with fresh herbs and plenty of fresh vegetables, expertly dressed with lovely sauces that can also be dairy-free if you need them to be, like my incredibly smooth cashew cream. Many of these dishes are quick to make or can be made ahead for stress-free prep.
Instead of wandering the inner isles of your grocery store, you’ll find many ingredients you need in the produce section, or even at your local farmers market. Challenge yourself with the Strawberry Arugula Salad and see if you can find everything you need at a local market!
I remember the moment I took my first bite of this sweet potato swoodles dish. My tastebuds rejoiced! It was everything I wanted, and then some. It’s plant-based Asian fusion at its finest. I’m so excited to share this savory sweet potato noodles dish with you.
Dive into this warmly spiced vegetarian tortilla soup made with whole food ingredients. It’s so delicious. I dare you to have just one serving!
Pulled jackfruit cloaked in tangy, spicy buffalo sauce makes for a fantastic pizza topping. Add a few veggies and serve with vegan ranch on the side for a tasty, unique, buffalo jackfruit pizza.
This Chipotle Veggie Bowl recipe is super fresh, nutrient-dense and bursting with flavors! It’s easy to customize so everyone in your family can chow done on exactly what they want. Use tomatoes of fresh salsa, avocados or guac, bell peppers or jalapeños, the choices are all yours.
This is a quick, weeknight meal that my whole family will stick around for. It is made with veggies commonly found in stir-fry as well as an almond butter sauce that you might need to double; it’s that good! Enjoy with whatever veggies you have on hand for a quick yet nourishing meal.
This vegetarian Shepherd’s pie has all the flavor and comfort of traditional shepherd’s pie yet without the meat. My version uses savory, filling lentils, mushrooms and a wide variety of vegetables and spices for the perfect cold weather meal.
Slightly crisp roasted beans are a fantastic plant-based filling in these chickpea tacos. Load them up with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
This gorgeous strawberry arugula salad is as delicious as it is beautiful. Topped with a unique Meyer Lemon vinaigrette, this rockstar salad is for you. It tastes like bright sunshine.
Tacos de Papa is a Mexican street food classic that you’ll not want to miss making at home. What could be better than well-seasoned mashed potatoes folded into a corn tortilla and lightly fried until crispy?
A simple quinoa batter makes for a crispy-edged, tender, gluten-free pizza crust that takes almost no effort to make. These toppings are some of my favorites—especially the pesto— but feel free to top with whatever your heart (or tummy) desires.
This healthy taco salad is packed with plant-based whole foods! A crisp corn shell is topped mile-high with crunchy romaine, veggies, and our very own recipe for a vegetarian nut-based taco meat. Mark your calendar and make this for Taco Tuesday!
Full of flavor and super creamy, this dish will leave you satisfied. Instead of heavy creams and a night full of stomach cramps, this potato curry is 100% dairy-free. It’s dressed with a variety of fresh herbs and spices.
This stuffed portobello mushroom recipe is easy enough for a delicious weeknight dinner and unique enough for your next dinner party. Mediterranean-inspired flavors pop in these beautiful mushroom caps.
Protein power your afternoon with this delicious, Mediterranean-inspired Chickpea salad. It’s super crunchy + filling. Plus this tahini dressing is it. I love it and know you will too.
When I created this vegan taco recipe, it just felt like it had an Austin flair going on, so I named it after that city. This unique taco is loaded with sweet potato, chickpeas, cauliflower and exploding with flavor.
This simple kale caesar salad is the perfect filling lunch. It’s made with 100% plants and is both creamy and filling. I love the flavor and bit of the kale paired with the creamy aioli.
When I became a vegetarian at 16 years old, one of the meals I missed the most was the chicken lettuce wraps from my fav Chinese restaurant. This thai lettuce wrap recipe is inspired by those, yet this dish adds a lot more nourishment and flavors to make me one happy vegetarian.
This veggie bowl recipe is simple, delicious and has the perfect sauce. Roasted onion, cauliflower, sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts served with brown rice or quinoa under the best sauce ever. Great for those left over veggies in the fridge that need to be used.
Instant Noodles, meet Instant Zoodles! This healthy melange of veggies is great for work or a quick dinner. It’s also crazy delicious + incredibly nourishing.
Minestrone Soup is loaded with nourishing vegetables that heal the body and sooth the soul. Simple, easy to make and easily reheated.
Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest foods you can add to your diet. We’re always looking for ways to serve them in an exciting way and this vegan taco salad is perfection. Each healthy bite is full of mouthwatering flavor. It definitely hits the spot when you’re craving Mexican flavors.
I’m a huge fan of swapping traditional pasta for veggie noodles in this mediterranean recipe. And this one is no different! Spaghetti squash is very mild and has a great texture that can hold up to sauces and toppings like a champ.
Enjoy this Loaded Sweet Potato recipe that is filling and helps balance your blood sugar. It’s also packed with vitamin A, B vitamins, potassium and fiber. They provide the perfect base for this delicious kale slaw, which is teeming with nutrients that help stimulate digestion and absorption.
Bring the wow factor to your next dinner with this lovely, crisp pear salad. From the fresh made dressing to the fall ingredients, this salad is sure to delight a variety of palates with everything from sweet pears to sharp red onions and warm walnuts.
This Thai Coconut Soup is one my favorite soups of all time because it’s a vegan version of Tom Kha Gai. Silky smooth, flavor packed and also can be made spicy, which is my favorite.
A Note About Meat
You might have noticed that these recipes are all meat-free. I have nothing against meat and am not 100% meat free myself, yet I find it much more difficult to cook complete plant-based meals so I create recipes without meat to help others out.
You can easily add meat to any of my recipes, I often see people adding in fish like salmon or some shrimp, or a lean protein like chicken (or a hard-boiled egg) or even beef. Go for it! Just know that grass-fed, grass-finished beef is the only kind that is truly gluten-free if that is something you need.
Tips for Gluten-Free Meals
If the thought of eating a meal without your favorite pasta or bread side is difficult, then look at these tips before you get started to make things easier:
- Some meals are naturally gluten-free!
- Look for easy swaps that don’t need extra work. You can easily swap for gluten-free pasta in my healthy pasta salad, or use gluten-free ramen in my vegetarian ramen recipe.
- Read your labels! Many sauces contain gluten in some form, look for that certified gluten-free label to ensure it actually is. For example, soy sauce contains gluten, yet tamari is a gluten-free alternative.
- Make your own sauces/dressings. This sounds more difficult than it is. It’s actually super simple to whip up your own sauce and then you know exactly what’s in it.
- Veggie noodles are an easy swap. I started out with a $15 spiralizer and started making zucchini noodles, sweet potato noodles and more. It’s a fun and easy way to make a dish gluten-free while also adding in a veggie.
If you loved these recipes and want to include more gluten-free options into your week, then check out one of my free recipe meal plans. There are quite a few gluten-free options or even whole menus to choose from and all are complete with shopping guides and menus.
Going gluten-free is easiest when the dish is naturally so. I love doing tacos with corn tortillas or tortilla chips, rice-based dishes (rice is naturally gluten-free!), and soups and salads are all great options.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to gluten-free dinners. Either take your favorite meal and find gluten-free swaps or take a dish that doesn’t already include it to make it easier on yourself. Corn and rice don’t contain gluten, yet make sure to always read your package labels just in case there is an added ingredient in there.
Start with a bright, fresh salad topped with a simple homemade dressing, then move on to a course with roasted veggies over top white or brown rice. Finish off with a refreshing sorbet and you’ve got an entire meal that is naturally gluten-free!
Which one will you be adding to your menu this week? Drop a comment and let me know!