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Master the Art of Gluten Free Salads 

Updated April 3, 2017.

Great gluten free salads with complementary salad dressings turn ordinary meals into showcases of tasty culinary inspiration.

Food + Creativity = Artistic Gluten Free Salads

It’s the special touches that make beautiful salads; think taste, texture, color, aroma and eye-appeal.

Makeover “green salads” into a rainbow filled with deep colors. Use purple cabbage instead of green, red leaf lettuce instead of butter lettuce, Belgian endive instead of Escarole, Radicchio instead of kale.

Change up a classic salad, such as Caesar Salad, by throwing in some leftover chopped meats or fish, roast beef, cooked chicken or grilled salmon.

Garnish a bevy of ordinary greens with roasted hazelnuts or candied pecans, dried cranberries, cherries or fresh diced apples, and a grated cheese, such as Fotina, cheddar or smoked Gouda.

Get creative with other vegetables, too.  Use yellow, blue and fingerlings for your next potato salad.  Carrot salads are delightful, especially when composed of white, black, red, purple and yellow carrots.

Experiment with Flavor Nuances

Be adventurous with your food!

A simple swap in ingredients can change the whole essence of a salad.  Try cilantro instead of parsley, leeks instead of onions, chives instead of scallions, Savoy cabbage instead of green cabbage, or broccoli instead of salad greens.

In heartier salads, such as potato salads, use steamed cauliflower or broccoli instead; swap rice for pasta, or steamed cauliflower for pasta.  Instead of macaroni noodles, use whole grain penne or spinach fettucine.

Even fruit salads can do with a change now and then.  Instead of cantaloupe, use casaba or honeydew melons.  Substitute plums for peaches, or boysenberries for strawberries.

The idea goes for salad dressings, too.

Leave the oregano on the shelf and reach for the marjoram; same goes for the garlic powder, reach for the onion powder. Set aside the black pepper and use cayenne or smoked paprika.  Push aside the ground nutmeg and use allspice or ground ginger. Replace Italian seasoning with Herbes de Provence. 

Even salad dressing bases can be altered.

Use walnut, hazelnut or other expeller pressed nut oils, flavored mayonnaise or aioli, gourmet vinegars, such as raspberry or champagne.  Lime, orange and pomegranate juices make a pleasing flavor change. 

Pair the Perfect Salad Dressing with the Perfect Salad  

Heavy, heartier meals can stand up to strong flavored salads and dressings that include such ingredients as cabbage, Bleu cheese and marinated olives.

Complement hot or spicy meals using salads and dressing with cool, citrus, sweet or creamy notes.  Curry or Caribbean blackened meats pair well with fruit salads made with sweet dressings.

A vegetable salsa with a citrus based dressing served alongside Mexican or TexMex cuisine makes a colorful meal bursting with bright flavors.  Steaming bowls of peppery chili and iceberg wedges drenched in creamy buttermilk or ranch dressing make a mouthwatering crowd-pleaser anytime.

Salad Making Tips

  • Make salad dressings several hours before serving and refrigerate them; the ingredients need time so all those lovely flavors come together.
  • Set the table, and then make gluten free salads first, before cooking the rest of the meal.
  • Put the salad dressing in the bottom of the salad bowl. Then, layer ingredients that marinade well, such as onion, scallions, mushrooms, artichokes, cucumber and olives on top of the salad dressing.  Pile crisp salad greens on top, cover and set in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  At the table, make an impressive show of tossing the salad well.  Then, garnish the salad with cheeses, nuts, fruit bits or gluten-free croutons.

Gluten Free Salads—Recipes

Creamy Italian Dressing  Impress your dinner party guests with a perfect salad dressing . . . astoundingly good!

Italian Salad Recipe  The beauty of Italian salad recipe making is you can change up any part of the recipe using your favorite ethnic ingredients.

Mayonnaise—Key Recipe to Creamy Dressings, Dips and Sauces Make room in your refrigerator for delicious homemade gluten free mayonnaise, because you’ll never go back to store bought again!


Bleu Cheese Citrus Dressing

Bleu Cheese Dressing

Bleu Cheese Fruit Salad Dressing

Bleu Cheese Garlic Dressing

Buttermilk Dressing

Chipotle Lime Sauce

Classic Coleslaw Dressing

Classic Potato Salad Dressing

Cold Mustard Sauce

Cranberry Dressing

Cream Fruit Salad Dressing

Creamy Caesar Dressing

Creamy Cocktail Sauce

Creamy Fruit Salad Dressing

Creamy Greek Dressing

Creamy Italian Dressing

Creamy Onion Dressing

Curried Chutney Dressing

Curried Onion Dressing

Dill Dip

Fruit Salad Dressing

Garden Mayonnaise for Seafood Salads

Golden Dip

Green Goddess Dressing

Layered Vegetable Salad Dressing

Lemon Herb Sauce

Louis Dressing

Moscow Dressing

Mustard Dressing

Orange Dressing for Fish Salads

Parmesan Dressing

Parsley Cheese Dressing

Pink Fruit Salad Dressing

Roasted Red Pepper Aïoli

Russian Dressing

Seafood Salad Dressing

Sour Cream Mayonnaise

Sour Cream Salad Dressing

Tangy Fish Salad Dressing

Tartar Sauce

Thai Style Ginger Sauce

Thousand Island Dressing

Waldorf Salad Dressing

Wasabi Mayonnaise

Oil and Vinegar Dressing Recipe  If you are looking for an oil and vinegar dressing recipe to kick up the flavor of your leafy greens, then you have come to the right place, because you know it is the dressing that makes the salad!

Bleu Cheese Vinaigrette

Citrus Vinaigrette

Classic French Dressing

Dijon Vinaigrette

French Vinaigrette

Gorgonzola Vinaigrette

Greek Dressing

Red Wine Salad Dressing

Shallot Dressing

Vinaigrette Dressing

Italian Dressing

Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette

Maple Vinaigrette

Raspberry Vinaigrette

Gluten free potato salad is a classic all American staple perfect for picnics, potlucks, backyard cookouts, or just because it tastes so good!

Potato Salad—Key Recipe to Satisfying Side Dishes  Gluten free potato salad is a classic all American staple perfect for picnics, potlucks, backyard cookouts, or just because it tastes so good!

French Cuisine Potato Salad

Garden Potato Salad

Greek Potato Salad

Ham & Cheese Potato Salad

Indian Delish Potato Salad

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Mediterranean Potato Salad

Russian Potato Salad

Sour Cream Potato Salad

South of the Border Potato Salad

Red Russian Salad Dressing  This gluten-free version of the vintage commercial favorite no longer available in the United States will become your next pantry essential!

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