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Buffalo Cauliflower Salad

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  • Author: Lexi
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Diet: Vegan


Roasted buffalo cauliflower + homemade vegan ranch + greens and veggies = the ultimate dinner salad! If you love buffalo cauliflower, you have to try this recipe. It's vegan, gluten free and perfect for a weeknight dinner.


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Buffalo Cauliflower:

  • 1 small head of cauliflower, broken into bite-sized florets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp gluten free flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 4 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup vinegar-based hot sauce (like Frank's Red Hot)

Vegan Ranch:

  • 1/2 cup plain vegan yogurt
  • 3-4 tbsp dairy free milk, depending on desired consistency
  • 1 tbsp chives, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp dill, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp agave nectar
  • Black pepper to taste

Salad assembly:

  • 6 cups of mixed greens (5 oz container)
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 cup celery, thinly sliced
  • Optional: crispy chickpeas for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 425˚F.
  2. Trim the cauliflower and cut into bite-sized florets. Toss in a large mixing bowl with olive oil. 
  3. Stir together gluten free flour, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Toss cauliflower in flour mixture until well coated (it’s easiest to use your hands for this).
  4. Transfer to a parchment paper-lined sheet pan and roast for 25 minutes. Stir a few times to make sure it cooks evenly.
  5. Melt vegan butter in a small saucepan. Whisk in hot sauce. 
  6. Remove florets from baking sheet, transfer to a large mixing bowl and pour the hot sauce mixture over them, tossing gently until well coated. 
  7. Place a cooling rack on the sheet pan, and transfer cauliflower to the cooling rack. Return to the oven and roast for an additional 15-20 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through cook time.
  8. While the cauliflower is in the oven, whisk together all ingredients for ranch. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  9. Prepare remaining salad ingredients. Toss the greens in about 1/2 of the dressing. 
  10. Once the cauliflower has cooled to room temperature, add to the salad and top with more ranch. Enjoy!


To make this recipe quicker, just use store-bought vegan ranch dressing!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 Bowl
  • Calories: 345
  • Sugar: 9.3 g
  • Sodium: 763.8 mg
  • Fat: 24.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.2 g
  • Fiber: 10.8 g
  • Protein: 8.4 g