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May 25 2012

Memorial Day Gluten-Free

As we gather around to remember those that have given up so much for us to have the freedoms that we have, there is often food involved. Memorial Day weekend is the kickoff of the summer grilling season and many times that includes food and drinks that contain gluten.   Fortunately for those in the gluten-free community, there are plenty of gluten-free choices out there these days to satisfy everyone.

Of course the buns are the first thing that come to mind when thinking of food that could possibly contain gluten at a cookout.  There are some great gluten-free hamburger and hot dog bun choices that can be found in mainstream grocery stores across the US:

After you have taken care of the buns, make sure that any marinades that may have been used for chicken, shrimp, etc are gluten-free.  Some marinades may contain soy sauce, which is sometimes brewed with wheat, so please double check before ruining your holiday weekend.  If you are attending a cookout away from home, consider the surface that your food is being cooked on.  Will there be anything else on the grill that contains gluten?  Is it possible to cook yours first or in a dedicated location?  I realize that sometimes these options aren’t possible, but I find that most hosts are more than willing to help make sure your food is safe.

There are many gluten-free hot dogs and brats on the market.  Some of the most popular brands are:

Of course some people don’t consider a hot dog complete without all kinds of toppings.  Sauerkraut, cheese, ketchup, mustard, onions, relish, etc should all be gluten-free, but remember to check the source if you are dining away from home.

Side items like vegetable trays, fruit bowls, green salads, potato salad and baked beans are often safe.  Just be cautious of any dips or additions that may have been made to the baked beans or potato salad.

Now onto the fun stuff.  Drinks and desserts.  First drinks.  Wine is gluten-free, as are many other alcoholic beverages, including hard ciders, Mike’s Lite Hard Lemonades (only certain flavors)  and a variety of gluten-free beers that are relatively new to the market. Some of those beers are:

Last, but certainly not least, dessert!  Many ice creams, sherbets, sorbets, popsicles, and Italian ices are gluten-free, but again, you need to check the source.  Fruit is naturally gluten-free and is a wonderfully refreshing dessert on a hot day.  If you are looking for a fun, easy dessert for the Memorial Day weekend, try this out:

Brownies & Berries Dessert Pizza


Not only are berries easy to find now in stores, but the red, white & blue colors on the top of the pizza really tie in with the Memorial holiday theme.

How do you plan to spend your Memorial Day weekend?  Parade? Cookout?

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!


  1. Brad says:

    You also need to add to your list the new Michelob Ultra Light Cider. It was just released this month and is marked gluten free right on the front of the bottle. It is excellent and nice to finally have a light cider without all the calories and sugar.

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