Gluten Free Hot Summer Meal Ideas: Dinners, Salads & More Recipes

4 minute read • by HighKey Team 10-07-2020


Gluten Free Hot Summer Meal Ideas

Lindsay Malone MS, RDN, CSO, LD
10 - 12 MIN.



  • Gluten Free Summer Dinner Recipes
  • Gluten Free Salads & Salad Dressings
  • Vegan Gluten Free Summer Recipes
  • Gluten Free Summer Desserts

Gluten Free Dinners, Salads & More Recipes For Summer

Hot summer days call for refreshing and light meals. For those of you looking for some cooking inspiration, we’ve got you covered. To follow is a collection of what we consider to be the best gluten free meal ideas—consider it your new summer guide to gluten-free cooking. From easy dinners that you can whip up after a long day of work, to healthy salads, to quick snacks that you can eat on the—Here are some of our favorite gluten free summer recipes.

Gluten Free Summer Dinner Recipes

In my book, dinner is one of the most important meals. It’s often the meal we spend the most time making, as well as a time for family and friends to gather together for some quality time after a long day. Here are some gluten free summer dinners to try with your loved ones.

Gluten Free Lobster Roll

When I think of summer, I think of vacations to the coast and plenty of fresh seafood. This Gluten Free Lobster Salad recipe by Gusty Gluten Free Gal is the perfect lobster salad for a gluten free lobster roll. Alternatively, serve it on a bed of mixed greens.

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken

With the arrival of summer also comes grilling season. This summer, mix up your classic barbeque chicken by trying out this gluten free grilled Hawaiian Chicken recipe by Gluten-Free Palate.

Gluten Free Turkey Burger

Nothing screams summer like a barbeque, which often features burgers and hot dogs. Many homemade burger recipes feature fatty beef and gluten-filled breadcrumbs. Try out this Easy Gluten-Free Turkey Burger recipe by Allrecipes for a healthy, gluten free alternative.

Gluten Free Salads & Salad Dressings

If you’re looking for a light and healthy gluten free meal, you can’t go wrong with a salad. Salad can get a bad reputation—some people see it as a bland bowl of leaves and vegetables. Yet if you use a bit of creativity when preparing them, salads can actually be quite delicious. Here are some recipes to help you create a truly tasty gluten free salad.

Shrimp Cobb Salad

This gluten free Shrimp Cobb Salad recipe by Taste of Home is easy to make and just light enough for a hot summer night. It features grilled shrimp and a quick homemade cob dressing.

Watermelon Salad

If you’ve never tried watermelon salad before, then you are missing out. Often made with mint, fetta cheese, and/or tomato, it is the perfect salad for a summer barbeque. This Watermelon Salad with Feta and Cucumber by Dinner at the Zoo is delicious.

Gluten Free Salad Dressings

As someone who eats a lot of salads, I would argue that the dressing can make or break a salad. A good salad dressing is key to a delicious salad. So to help you dress up any salad—in a gluten-free style, of course—here are some great recipes for gluten free salad dressings.

  • 6 Gluten-Free Salad Dressings This compilation of recipes by Simply Gluten Free gives you six easy salad dressings that are both gluten and dairy-free.
  • Because many store-bought dressings contain hidden sources of gluten, it can be hard to find a brand that is both gluten-free and tasty. This Gluten-Free Salad Dressing List by VeryWell Fit provides an in-depth guide on store-bought salad dressings are gluten free.

Vegan Gluten Free Summer Recipes

For those of you who are not only gluten free but also vegan, these recipes are perfect for your special diet.

Bean Burgers

We discussed above how burgers and barbeques are the cornerstone event of summer vacations. A bean burger is a vegan-friendly alternative to offer at your next barbeque. This Gluten-Free Black Bean Burger recipe by Health Gluten-Free Family is one to add to your summer recipe book.

Summer Kebabs

Grilled kebabs are the perfect summer dish that is easy to make diet-friendly. Add your favorite vegetables to a skewer and you have yourself the perfect addition to any summer meal. This Vegan Kebab with Avocado Dressing recipe by BBC Good Food features peaches and red onions: a mouth-watering combination.

Vegetable Pad Thai

Pad Thai is a delicious alternative to the classic summer pasta salad. This Vegan Pad Thai Noodle recipe by The Spruce Eats is gluten free when made with rice noodles.

Gluten Free Summer Desserts

It wouldn’t be a complete list of gluten free summer recipes without a couple of dessert ideas. Here are some refreshing gluten free dessert ideas perfect for hot summer nights.

Frozen Yogurt Bark

Ice cream is most people’s go-to summer dessert. For those of you looking for a healthy ice cream alternative, try out this delicious Frozen Yogurt Bark by Epicurious.

Key Lime Pie

Key lime pie is a refreshing dessert perfect for summer evenings. This Easy Gluten Free Key Lime Pie recipe by Gluten-Free Palate is one to make this summer.

We hope this list gave you some helpful gluten free summer recipe ideas. Let us know if you loved them as much as we do!


  Lindsay Malone, MS, RDN, CSO, LD

Lindsay Malone is a Functional and Integrative Medicine dietitian empowering individuals to take charge of their health with evidenced-based nutrition information.

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