Gluten-Free Dining Out


While many appetizers are off-limits to those following a gluten-free diet, starting your meal with a vegetable salad is a safe bet. When ordering a house salad, ask for olive oil and balsamic or red-wine vinegar on the side, and make sure your salad does not come (or was tossed) with croutons! Another great option is a caprese salad, which is sliced tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil and is offered at many restaurants; this appetizer is festive and delicious, a safe choice that won’t leave you feeling deprived. Again, request olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the side; avoid prepared vinaigrette dressings. Other safe starters include steamed edamame, prosciutto-wrapped melon, steamed shrimp, and veggies with hummus (check to make sure the hummus has no gluten ingredients).