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McDonald’s – home to the Happy Meal®, McCafe® menu, and Extra Value Meal®. I can say with confidence that everyone has been through the McDonald’s drive-thru at least once. 

So, that means they have a gluten-free menu, right? Not exactly. McDonald’s disclaimer states that they will not certify anything gluten-free. 

So, does that mean McDonald’s is creating celiac friendly locations? No, but I’m allowed to dream. 

I reviewed the entire list of menu items and created a list of wheat-free items based on the allergen labels that McDonald’s uses on their website and ingredients list. 

Also, I used the Nima Gluten Sensor to test for gluten in three popular items. 

These Are The Best Gluten Free McDonalds Options

Best Gluten Free McDonalds Options 

Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad 
Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad 
Side Salad 
Apple Slices 
Yoplait® Go-Gurt® Low-Fat Strawberry Yogurt 
Chocolate Shake
Strawberry Shake
Vanilla Shake
Vanilla Reduced Fat Ice Cream (in a cup)
Hot Fudge Sundae 
Hot Caramel Sundae 
Strawberry Sundae 

Gluten Free McDonalds Menu – Drinks

Mix by Sprite™ Tropic Berry 
Hot Chocolate 
Iced Tea
Dr. Pepper®
Sweet Tea 
Fat-Free Chocolate Milk Jug 
1% Low Fat Milk Jug 
Dasani® Water
Minute Maid Orange Juice 
Honest Kids® Appley Ever After® Organic Juice Drink 

Gluten Free McCafe® Menu

Turtle Macchiato
Iced Turtle Macchiato 
Iced Turtle Coffee 
Caramel Macchiato 
Iced Caramel Macchiato 
Caramel Cappuccino 
French Vanilla Cappuccino 
Iced Mocha
Caramel Mocha 
Iced Caramel Mocha 
Iced Latte 
Caramel Latte 
French Vanilla Latte 
Iced Coffee 
Caramel Iced Coffee 
French Vanilla Iced Coffee 
Caramel Frappe 
Mocha Frappe 
Hot Chocolate 
Strawberry Banana Smoothie 
Mango Pineapple Smoothie 

Just in case you want to mix or match items to make a meal, here is a list of other options. 

Quarter Pound 100% Beef Patty (no bun)
Beef Patty (no bun)
Breakfast Steak Pattie 
Chorizo Chicken Sausage 
Chicken Sausage 
Sausage Patty 
Turkey Sausage 
Country Ham 
Foiled Eggs 
Grilled Chicken FIlet 
Pickle Slices 
Mayonnaise Dressing 
Green Chile 
Pico De Gallo
Blue Cheese Spread 
Spicy Buffalo Sauce 
Garlic And Herb Spread 
Cilantro Lime Glaze 
Slivered Onions 
Tartar Sauce 
White Cheddar Cheese 
Shredded Lettuce 
Jack Cheese 
Swiss Cheese 
American Cheese 
Tomato Slices 
Chili Lime Tortilla Strips 
Beef Seasoning 
Pickled Jalapeños 
Cooked Mushrooms 
Dijon Sauce 
Homestyle Burger Sauce 
Sweet Onion BBQ Sauce 
Baby Greens 
Southwest Vegetable Blend 
Herb Vinaigrette Sauce 
Garlic Aioli 

Nima Gluten Sensor Tested McDonalds Menu Items

The Nima Gluten Sensor tells us if the Hot Fudge Sundae is gluten free.

I tested the hot fudge topping and fat-free ice cream on the Hot Fudge Sundae. 

And, the Nima Gluten Sensor says its “Gluten Free.” 

The Nima Gluten Sensor tells us if the Southwest Dressing is gluten free.

I tested the Southwest dressing that is commonly paired with the Southwest Chicken Salad. 

And, the Nima Gluten Sensor says it’s “Gluten-Free.” 

The Nima Gluten Sensor tells us that the Southwest Dressing gluten-free.
The Nima Gluten Sensor Tells Us If The Fries At McDonalds Are Gluten Free

As you may know, there has been some controversy as to whether or not the World Famous Fries® are gluten-free. While McDonald’s won’t certify or substantiate that anything is gluten-free, the fries are labeled with a wheat allergen. And, the fries have a natural beef flavor with hydrolyzed wheat. The Nima Gluten Sensor cannot detect hydrolyzed gluten which would make it difficult to get an accurate test result. While Nima shows a “smile” which tells us a food sample is gluten-free if you have any doubts about eating the fries, you can avoid them. 

If you try the fries, please let us know by leaving a comment. 

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