Dairy free catering ideas

Do you break out in a sweat when you’re tasked with ordering corporate catering, and you need to cater for special diets or a food allergy? When it comes to ordering corporate catering for guests with special dietary needs, it doesn’t have to be stressful. Whether you’re an expert in ordering special dietary catering, or you just need to impress your lactose-intolerant boss, we’ve got you covered with our wide range of catering menu options.

Check out some of our dairy free catering options and ideas below and if you’re really stuck for ideas, you can always speak to the corporate and events catering gurus at Order-In. We’re the experts in office catering and special dietary requirements, and we’ll ensure no one goes hungry at your next corporate breakfast, working lunch or company event.


Chia seed pudding

Chia seed puddings are delicious, they look pretty and they’re good for you! They’re a healthy breakfast or dessert food and best of all, it’s gluten free and dairy free! It can be made with almond milk or coconut milk and is served with an assortment of fun, colourful and tasty toppings, such as fruit, toasted coconut and granola for some crunch.


Kick-start your day with a delicious and healthy smoothie. Using dairy free yoghurt, coconut milk or almond milk with a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, smoothies will fill up your tummy and help get you through to lunchtime.

Protein balls

For the ultimate breakfast on the go, or as an afternoon pick me up, dairy free protein balls are perfect bite-sized energy boosters. They’ll help keep you focused and keep the tummy rumbles at bay.

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Morning or afternoon tea

Spring rolls

Spring rolls are easy, crowd-pleasing finger food items that everyone will enjoy and they're perfect for people with a special diet. Whether you're catering for vegetarians or for meat lovers, they’re tasty and so easy to eat.


Look to Indian catering menus for samosas. There are lots of different filling combinations you can try including spiced potato, onions, peas, lentils minced lamb or beef. They’re perfect as a snack, in a lunch box, at a corporate BBQ, picnic or corporate event.

Sweet treats

Throw the perfect morning or afternoon tea with these delicious special diet and dairy free sweet treat options:

  • A decadent espresso and hazelnut cake or slices from Annie Makes Cakes
  • A luscious flourless orange and almond cake from Alpen Delicious
  • Vegan banana or carrot cake from Loomas. It’s also nut free, gluten free and dairy free!
  • A Snickers cake, white chocolate raspberry torte, caramel chai cheesecake or a Turkish delight raw cake – try FoodByUs for their wide range of dairy free, gluten free and vegan cakes and slices
  • High quality baked treats that are 90% organic, My Plate Clean Treats have a range of vegan, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free options. Try their peanut butter fudge brownie, Cherry Ripe slice, raw peppermint slice or chocolate and fresh berries cake. Heaven!
  • Specialising in organic, healthy desserts and treats, Raw Trader has a delicious selection of vegan, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free sweet treats. We especially love their Cherry Rip slice!

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Try these yummy dairy free dips that are perfect for munching on at working lunches, afternoon tea and corporate parties. They're delicious with veggie sticks or dairy and gluten free bread and crackers.

  • Tzatziki – made with dairy free coconut yoghurt, garlic, mint and cucumber. Have it with gluten free and dairy free naan bread, pita bread or crackers
  • Hummus
  • Sun dried tomato spread using cashews, sundried tomatoes, garlic, onion and basil
  • Healthy spinach dip – using cashews, garlic cloves and baby spinach
  • As an alternative to the traditional hummus, try a tasty pumpkin hummus
  • Baba ganoush


Rice paper rolls

Full of fresh flavours and a variety of fillings, rice paper rolls are great as a snack, as a gluten free, dairy free or vegetarian or vegan entrée at corporate events or a healthy working lunch.


Dumplings are one of the easiest and most satisfying foods to eat. They’re a filling and hearty snack for afternoon tea or lunch. They’re perfect finger food for corporate events too. They come in a variety of fillings to suit everyone’s tastebuds or dietary restrictions.


Sushi catering is the perfect choice for special diets. The options are endless and there’s enough variety to satisfy everyone’s needs, including vegetarian, vegan and dairy free.

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Make your own taco and pile on whatever you want! Tomato, lettuce, fish, pickled onions, beef, salsa, chicken - the sky’s the limit! A make your own taco bar is perfect for working lunches or a staff lunch as it lets everyone decide on what they want. Order from Guzman Y Gomez at Australia SquareCentral ParkNewtownNorth PointTop Ryde and more today!

Poke bowls

Hailing from Hawaii, poke (pronounced poke-ay) is a simple salad bowl but with a sushi twist. It’s a healthy and super tasty lunch that come in a variety of flavours - such as sashimi, avocado, carrot and cucumber on a bed of rice. Poke bowls are an ideal choice for vegetarians, vegans, gluten free and dairy free diets. Check out Nudefish in Bondi, Sydney CBD and North Sydney.

Grain bowls

Colourful, delicious, healthy and filling, grain bowls can be made with a variety of grains, such as quinoa, rice or farro. They’re so versatile, making them perfect for any special dietary restrictions, which means you can include an assortment of vegetables and meats to it to suit your tastes. We love Spudbar and their sweet potato, grains and feta salad bowl mixed with roasted sweet potato, feta, wild rocket and baby spinach.


For a hassle-free office lunch that’s also dairy free, it doesn’t get much simpler than skewers. Whether you’re ordering lamb, chicken, beef or veggies on skewers, make sure it’s served with lots of sides, such as salads for a well-rounded and filling lunch.

chicken skewers perfect for dairy free catering

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Make sure no one goes hungry and everyone has a great time at your next corporate breakfast, morning or afternoon tea or working lunch. You can also download and print our special dietary catering checklist to give to staff to ensure all special diets are accounted for.

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If you need some dairy free or other special dietary catering menu recommendations, speak to the corporate and events catering experts at Order-In on 1300 851 900. We have a range of quality corporate caterers in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra to suit your food allery or special diet needs.

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