Of course we go to parties to see our friends, but let’s be real: we also go for the appetizers. Snacks are a highlight of any gathering, especially when they can be enjoyed by everyone. But in today’s world, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve got at least one friend who doesn’t vibe with grains, one who’s on the keto diet, and another who’s strictly plant-based. When hosting, it can be tough to keep up with your guests’ dietary preferences, which is why we’ve rounded up the best gluten-free dairy-free appetizers to share with friends and family.

A grazing table is a perfect opportunity to mix and match a variety of different cuisines, flavors, and textures so people can personalize their plates however they please. While there can be so many options to choose from when it comes to starters, I have a fool-proof list of favorites I come back to time and time again that are safe for most types of eaters. The best appetizers are easy to prepare, taste great at room temperature, and are just as nourishing as they are tasty.

Most of the recipes in this list only require a few ingredients, can be prepared in 20 minutes or less, and are all gluten and dairy-free, so they’re a safe bet for whoever comes your way. Scroll on for our list of the best gluten-free dairy-free appetizers for your next party.

Dips

Green Pea Guacamole by Camille Styles

In my opinion, there’s always room for guacamole on the menu. Healthy fat-filled avocados, fresh cilantro, tomatoes, lime juice—what’s not to love? Plus, the green peas in this recipe add a delicious heftiness to the texture and a satisfying sweetness to this crowd’s favorite dish.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Dip by Minimalist Baker

This is not your average bean dip. Starring sweet potatoes, black beans, and avocado, this dip is basically a mash-up of all of my favorite flavors in one bowl.

5-Minute Vegan Cashew Queso by Minimalist Baker

Delicious and creamy, this dairy-free queso might even win over your cheese-loving friends. It uses cashews, nutritional yeast, and hot water for the “cheesy” base, with a mix of delicious spices for some added flavor.

Carrot Tumeric Hummus by Seamus Mullen

 Now here’s a snack you can truly feel great about eating, especially when served with an array of colorful veggies. This carrot turmeric hummus is also bean-free, so it’s a safe bet for anyone who might be sensitive to legumes, too.

Cheesy Vegan Spinach & Artichoke Dip by Minimalist Baker

Let’s be real, any gathering is really just another opportunity to make spinach & artichoke dip. Rich and creamy, this healthier take on a classic dish is sure to cure your comfort food cravings with zero guilt.

White Bean Dip by Love & Lemons

This recipe requires just four ingredients that you likely already have on hand: cannellini beans, lemon, olive oil, and garlic. Does cooking get much easier than that?

Protein

Baked Sesame Chicken Wings by The Defined Dish

Sweet and savory, these baked sesame chicken wings are gluten and dairy-free and packed with flavor. You’ll find yourself coming back to this recipe again and again.

Chorizo-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates by The Defined Dish

Trust me, you need this appetizer at your next party. We made a batch of these chorizo-stuffed bacon-wrapped dates over Thanksgiving and they were the MVPs of the night.

Smoked Salmon Carpaccio With Fried Capers and Herbs by The Defined Dish

Salty yet refreshing, this smoked salmon carpaccio with crispy capers will transport you to Italy after just one bite. Elevate your next grazing table with this beautiful, nutrient-packed dish.

Arrowroot Fried Chicken Nuggets by Megan Nash

What is it about chicken nuggets that make them a necessity at every party? This chicken nugget recipe (created by my sister) is on the regular dinner rotation at our house, so trust me when I say these nuggets are simple, healthy, and hit the spot every time. Turns out, there’s no breading required to get that crispy on the outside, tender on the inside texture that makes chicken nuggets such a hit.

Vegetarian

Blistered Padrón Peppers by What’s Gaby Cooking

Blistered peppers are one of those appetizers that are best kept simple. Just heat up some oil in a pan, sauté the whole batch, and you’ve got a restaurant-worthy appetizer ready to go in minutes.

Crispy Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Wings by Rachel Mansfield

When I whipped up a batch of these cauliflower wings for a football-watching party, they were gone in seconds. They’re flavorful, easy to make, and best served with the yummy dipping sauce of your choice.

Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries by Cookie & Kate

You truly can’t go wrong with sweet potato fries. If you have a knife and an oven, you’re already well on your way with this recipe. Cookie & Kate mastered crispy oven fries, and these are always my go-to when my fry cravings hit.

Summer Fruit Salad by Love & Lemons

How gorgeous is this salad? Sometimes there’s nothing better than all of your favorite seasonal fruits on a platter drizzled with a refreshing vinaigrette.

Game Night Crispy Potato Bruschetta by Oh She Glows

This crispy potato bruschetta is the gluten-free version of your favorite Italian starter. By swapping out the bread for equally delicious crispy potatoes, you’ve made this dish plant-based in a snap without sacrificing flavor.

Grilled Vegetable Platter by Damned Delicious

Last but definitely not least, a grilled vegetable platter is a simple way to healthify your next feast. Just throw your favorite veggies on the grill or in a pan and wait until they’re soft and slightly charred. You can’t go wrong!

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    Angie June 25, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    You saved me. We have guests coming next week. I asked, “Anything you don’t eat?” She replied, “I’m trying to stay away from gluten and dairy.” I had already planned the menu 🙁 , but just happened to look here at my favorite blog for recipe ideas and this was the first post. Thank you for making my life easier and more delicious.

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