Summer is here, the kids are ready to eat us out of the house and home, and there is no better time to revamp your meal plan. I often find that my tastes change with the season, depending on the availability of fruits and vegetables. This time of the year is no exception; the opportunities to cook new things are endless, and there are so many gluten-free recipes for Summer to choose from.

I rounded up 28 recipe ideas for you to get started with your gluten-free diet this Summer.

Fire Up the Grill

If there is one place you will find me cooking more often than not this Summer, it’s on the grill. I love a simple meal and when you’re cooking gluten-free recipes, simpler is often better.

Things we love to throw on the grill:

  • Burgers
  • Brats (Watch the ingredients)
  • Hot dogs (again, watch the ingredients)
  • Chicken
  • Hawaiian Chicken Burgers
  • Peppers & Onions tossed in a bit of olive oil

If you have a mix of gluten and gluten-free items, use separate utensils and grilling areas to keep everything safe and gluten-free. You don’t want to end up sick from cross-contamination that can be avoided!

Speaking of accidental glutening, when grilling, don’t forget to check the labels—many store-bought sauces and marinades contain hidden gluten, so opt for gluten-free versions or create your own at home.

Gluten-Free Summer Dinner Recipes

Dinner doesn’t have to be boring. While simple is often better, there are so many ways to make a flavorful gluten-free summer dinner while still skipping the gluten. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Gluten-Free Summer Desserts

You can make regular baking recipes gluten-free. My ebook, Going Gluten-Free: Meal Planning, discusses these swaps in more detail.

However, there are many ideas for gluten-free Summer desserts, and some are simpler than you might think. I’ve rounded up my top ten below.

Cookout Recipes

One of the most overwhelming parts of Summer for someone who is newly gluten-free is handling cookouts. I’ve rounded up ten gluten-free cookout ideas below. However, most of your favorite recipes can also be converted to gluten-free. Since we love a good cookout in this house, don’t miss out on 30 Gluten-Free Fourth of July Recipes you can make any time throughout the Summer.

Being gluten-free does not mean you cannot enjoy a cookout. Bringing one of these side dishes can help ensure you have something to eat that is safe and fun to share with everyone else.

Don’t Forget Whole Foods

Produce such as fruits and vegetables is all naturally gluten-free, as they only have one ingredient: not gluten. During the Summer months, the cost of fresh produce often goes way down due to availability. Use this time to can some tomatoes, make some jam, and stock your freezer with frozen fruits and vegetables to enjoy throughout the rest of the year.

There are plenty of gluten-free Summer recipes available. Every Friday on our email list we share new gluten-free, seasonal recipes for you to enjoy. Subscribe using the form below and don’t miss out on Free Recipe Friday.


Kristin Longacre

Hey There, I’m Kristin, a gluten-free nutrition coach helping gluten-free families adjust to their new lifestyle.

Gluten-Free Recipes for Summer