If you’re a gluten-free traveller with a taste for adventure, Greece is a destination that should be on your radar. This Mediterranean paradise offers a rich culinary heritage, stunning landscapes, and a welcoming culture that embraces gluten-free dining. In this guide, we’ll delve into the world of gluten-free Greece, providing you with tips, insights, and recommendations for an unforgettable experience.
1. The Greek Language Coeliac Restaurant Card
When travelling to Greece, it’s important to have a Greek and English language Coeliac Restaurant Card that communicates your dietary restrictions to restaurant staff. This ensures that they understand your need for gluten-free options and can guide you in choosing suitable dishes. The card also helps you overcome language barriers for a smoother dining experience. Most restaurant staff speak English, so you can explain your allergies and intolerances. Visit Celiactravel for the above card and translation
2. Gluten-Free Does Not Always Mean Coeliac Safe
While Greece offers many gluten-free options, it’s important to be careful. Just because a dish is labelled “GF” (gluten-free), it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe for people with celiac disease. Cross-contamination can happen in kitchens that prepare both gluten-free and gluten-containing foods, which can be harmful to people with celiac disease. To stay safe, it’s important to communicate your dietary restrictions to restaurant staff and ask them about their food preparation practices to ensure that your food is not contaminated with gluten. Cross-contamination refers to the transfer of gluten from foods that contain it to those that do not, potentially causing harm to people with celiac disease.
3. Naturally Gluten-Free Greek Delights
Greek Cuisine is known for using fresh ingredients and simple flavours, and many traditional Greek dishes are naturally gluten-free. This makes them safe and enjoyable for people who follow a gluten-free diet. Gluten-free means that the food doesn’t contain gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye that can cause harm to people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Here are some Greek delicacies you can savour:
Fresh and Roasted Vegetables: Greece’s fertile land yields an abundance of flavourful vegetables. From juicy tomatoes and crisp cucumbers to roasted eggplants and bell peppers, these vibrant delights can be enjoyed in salads, side dishes, and even as main courses.
Grilled Meats and Seafood: Indulge in the succulent flavours of grilled chicken, lamb, or fish, all prepared with minimal seasonings that let the natural taste shine through. Be sure to inquire about marinades or sauces, as they may contain gluten.
Dolmades: These delightful stuffed vine leaves are a staple of Greek cuisine. Usually filled with rice, herbs, and aromatic spices, dolmades are a tasty gluten-free treat.
Greek Salad: A refreshing and vibrant combination of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives, and feta cheese, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with oregano. This classic salad is naturally gluten-free and bursting with flavours.
Desserts: This text explains that people with gluten intolerance or celiac disease need to be careful with desserts, as many of them are made with flour that contains gluten. It’s important to avoid desserts that contain gluten to prevent an adverse reaction. Panna Cotta and Greek yoghurt with honey, or sorbets are likely to be safe dessert options for people with gluten intolerance or celiac disease. However, always check before indulging in these.
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