the news of vinegar being allowed on a gluten free diet, things
have gotten much easier for those dealing with Celiac Disease.
However, it is still very important to watch for those not-so-obvious
ingredients that may contain gluten. I know that salad is somewhat
of a staple entrée when dining out just because it seems
to be one of the safest things to eat with less chance of cross-contamination
in a restaurants kitchen. But besides the obvious exclusion
of croutons, we still have potential problems with salad dressings.
dressings can range from simple oil and vinegar (which is sometimes
the easiest solution in a restaurant setting), to blendings of
cream, herbs, eggs, or juice, even more complex additions such
as salsas, chutneys or pestos. A word of advice salad dressing
should enhance your salad, not completely mask the flavor of the
contents of your salad.
most basic salad dressing is a simple vinaigrette made up of 3
parts oil (usually olive oil) and 1 part acid (usually a wine
vinegar). Of course you can create all sorts of delicious variations
of this by adding gf dijon, garlic, and/or fresh herbs. If you
prefer to buy premixed vinaigrettes, the following purport to
be gluten-free (if unsure, please check with the manufacturer):
Naturals Dressings: Low Fat Raspberry Vinaigrette, Cilantro &
Lime Vinaigrette, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette,
Smokey Tomato & Porcini Vinaigrette, Low Fat Honey Mustard
Vinaigrette, Organic Sesame Ginger with Chamomile Vinaigrette
and Horseradish with Echinacea Vinaigrette
DF & GF: White Wine Vinaigrette, Red Wine Vinaigrette, Blush
Vinaigrette with White Zinfandel.
Red Wine Vinaigrette
course some people prefer creamier dressings, such as Thousand
Island, Ranch, and/or Blue Cheese. There are plenty gf choices
available in this category as well, both homemade and readily
available in the grocery store.
about 1 cup)
garlic clove, peeled, mashed and minced
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup gf mayonnaise or sour cream
2 Tablespoons lime juice
1 Tablespoon cilantro, minced
1 Tablespoon chives, minced
and freshly ground black pepper
garlic in a small bowl and mash together with a couple of pinches
of salt. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until thoroughly
about 1-1/2 cups)
cup gf mayonnaise
1/4 cup gf ketchup
1 hard boiled egg, chopped
2 Tablespoons gf pickle relish (Gedney Relishes & Vlasic Pickle
1 Tablespoon chives, minced
1 Tablespoon onions, minced
Tablespoon Italian parsley, minced
and freshly ground pepper to taste
all ingredients in a bowl. Whisk together until thoroughly blended.
creamy dressings that claim to be gluten free are as follows:
Naturals Dressings: Cowgirl Ranch Dressing, Caesar Dressing,
Tuscany Italian, Thousand Island Dressing, French Dressing, Garlic
Parmesan Tofu Dressing.
Valley: Regular & Fat Free Ranch Dressing
Fat Free Salad Dressing: Caesar, Chunky Blue Cheese, Deluxe French,
Honey Dijon, Italian, Ranch, Sweet & Spicy French, Thousand
whether you make your own gluten-free dressings or purchase them
at your grocery store, you can plainly see that there are many
options available. We cant stress enough that there is no
a guarantee that these products are and will remain gluten-free
can change their processes without notice to the public. So if
you find a dressing you like, it would definitely not hurt to
verify that it is indeed gluten-free.