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Gluten-free Veggie, Meat, and Cheese Tray with Sour Cream Taco Dip

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This is my family-friendly, full meal version of a gluten-free charcuterie board – a gluten-free vegetable, meat, and cheese tray with hummus and sour cream taco dip. The whole gluten-free party tray took me under 45 minutes to assemble, with absolutely no heating up of the kitchen, making this a great summer option for dinner or dinner parties! This post is sponsored by Albertson’s.

Gluten-free Vegetable Meat and Cheese Tray with dips. A few shortcuts make this a quick and easy dinner or dinner party item that doesn't heat up the kitchen!

After touring the new Albertson’s on Broadway in Boise Idaho, and seeing their huge assortment of local and organic fresh vegetable selection, I knew I had to do a veggie tray.

After seeing their deli counter full of Boar’s Head gluten-free deli meats, and their cheese counter full of cheese from around the world and right here locally, I wanted to do a charcuterie board.

A fancy charcuterie board doesn’t fit as well with my family friendly, easy recipes theme, so I combined the two ideas together for one epic tray that’s ready for a dinner party or a fun family dinner at home! I think your kids will dig right in!

Gluten-free Veggie Meat and Cheese Tray

But first, let me back up and tell you about this fun new store. This will surely be of interest to my local readers here in the Boise, Idaho area, but hopefully those of you throughout the U.S. will find some things to go check your local Albertsons store for too! 

The first thing to catch my eye downstairs was this adorable free fruit wagon for the kids! I’ve seen little baskets cropping up at more and more Albertsons stores offering kids to pick a piece of fruit, but they took it to the next level at this store! So fun! And what a great selection for the kids to pick from! Hopefully yours has this too.

Free Fruit for Kids Cart at Albertsons

Let me show you the what caught my eye in the produce department. Row after row of beautiful vegetables, both in the organic section and the regular section.

Varieties of peppers at Albertsons

Colorful Cauliflower at Albertsons

Row after row of packaged, ready to use vegetables, making putting together a veggie tray, appetizer platter, or even dinner a breeze. 

Pre-cut Veggies ready to use from Albertsons

I wanted a nice variety of colors and flavors, so I opted to purchase these veggies for the veggie tray:

Vegetables for Veggie Tray

It was so handy having most all of these already pre-cut and ready to go! Pre-cut veggies also make it so easy for your kids to help assemble this!

For the whole bell peppers, I just cut out the core, then evenly sliced the top flat. Once I did that, it was easy to use a spoon to scoop out all of the seeds and inner fibrous parts so that the pepper could hold the dip.

Bell Peppers for holding hummus and taco dip

Inside the bell peppers, I scooped either hummus or sour cream taco dip. I had purchased two kinds of hummus. One is a tried and true favorite of mine, Hope Spicy Avocado hummus. The other is a new-t0-me local hummus brand called Hummuna, available in a variety of flavors – I chose the roasted garlic as I thought it would go really well with the vegetables. These were great choices for gluten-free veggie dip choices. This Carmelized French Onion dip would be a great addition too!

Ingredients for gluten-free dips and meat cheese tray

The other dip was a homemade sour cream taco dip that I’m sharing the recipe for when you scroll down. I bought the sour cream there at Albertsons, but had all the seasonings here on hand.

If you wanted you could just make a whole veggie tray. Just repeat what I did on this half on the other half, or incorporate other vegetables you like!

Gluten-free Vegetable Hummus and dip tray

Alternately, you could just make a huge meat and cheese tray, filling the other side like this with more deli meats, assorted cheeses, and gluten-free crackers and chips.

Gluten-free Meat Cheese and Cracker Tray

While choosing what I wanted to include on my tray, I walked by this sample station from Ballard Cheese, and found out Ballard is an Idaho cheese company. I couldn’t resist trying several varieties and they were so good. I opted for the Idaho White Cheddar for my tray, as my whole family loves Cheddar cheese!

Idaho White Cheddar Cheese from Ballard Cheese

Next I browsed the huge deli selection. Samples of a new Boar’s Head BourbonRidge Uncured Smoked Ham were being handed out and oh was it good, so I had to buy it! All Boar’s Head Brand meats, cheeses, hummus and condiments are gluten-free, so I knew these were a safe option! (Note from 2019: This is now my FAVORITE lunch meat and I buy it all the time!)

Boar's Head Uncured Smoked Ham

I settled on this new Boar’s Head Ham and also a Cracked Pepper Turkey. Around the corner, I picked up a package of Boar’s Head pepperoni to add because my youngest is a huge pepperoni fan.

The last items I needed for my tray were gluten-free crackers and chips. I was thankful to find so many to choose from! Not only were they on the cracker and chip aisles, some were in the deli, and some were on special displays.

I passed this display of Teton Valley potato chips made with Idaho potatoes, so of course I had to add those!

Teton Valley Idaho Potato Chips at Albertsons

I bought way more than needed, but for the tray, I narrowed it down to these four – two gluten-free crackers and two gluten-free chips! Boy of boy, The Better Chip Chipotle chips are SPICY! Perfect choice if you like hot!

Gluten-free Crackers and Chips

Hopefully this post gave you some great ideas of products to watch for so you can put together your own gluten-free vegetable, meat and cheese tray! You could also add other favorite dips or salsas to make it suit your family’s tastes! Let me know what you add to yours!

Gluten-free Meat, Cheese, and Vegetable Tray

Gluten-free Sour Cream Taco Dip Recipe:

Yield: 1 cup

Gluten-free Sour Cream Taco Dip

Gluten-free Vegetable Meat and Cheese Tray with dips. A few shortcuts make this a quick and easy dinner or dinner party item that doesn't heat up the kitchen!

This versatile gluten-free sour cream taco dip is yummy for dipping vegetables, gluten-free chips and more in. You can adjust the heat of it!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. to 3/4 tsp. chili powder (depending on how spicy you desire!)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin

Instructions

In a small bowl, stir all ingredients together until mixed well. 

While you can serve in a bowl, it is fun to serve this in a bell pepper! Simply cut out the stem of the bell pepper. Then slice straight across the top of the bell pepper so that it is level. Then use a spoon (I used a long iced tea spoon, but a grapefruit spoon would work well too) to scrape out the seeds and hollow out the pepper. 

Scoop the sour cream taco dip into the hollowed out pepper. If not serving soon, place in refrigerator until ready to serve!


Pin this to your gluten-free appetizers Pinterest board:

Tips for making a gluten-free veggie, meat, and cheese tray plus Taco Dip Recipe

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons on Broadway. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Kimmy Ripley

Monday 17th of September 2018

What a gorgeous arrangement of healthy foods! I pinned this for later as well. I would love to create something like this for my guests.

Mike Planting

Sunday 29th of July 2018

Michelle was kind enough to offer us this fantastic charcuterie board after posting it on her blog. This was a big hit with our family, delicious and healthy. Kids ate it all, and it was actually a full dinner for us on busy night. The taco dip went well with everything on the dish, very tasty. This is a great dish for your family!

Jeanine

Sunday 22nd of July 2018

This really is a beautiful plate you put together. That grocery store does look amazing! Wish it was local to me!