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Buffalo Cauliflower Salad

Updated on November 18, 2014
Buffalo Cauliflower Salad
Buffalo Cauliflower Salad

I've seen variants of this recipe floating around for a while, but I finally decided to make it myself as a light dinner. I left the sauce off the salad for my 5-year-old child -- spice isn't her thing. But she still enjoyed the salad, as I hope you will, too. (Also, if you want to ditch the salad idea, just make these saucy florets for a gathering -- stick some toothpicks in your cauliflower pieces to serve them as a great appetizer or snack.)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter or vegan margarine
  • 1/4 cup Frank's Red Hot sauce
  • Nutritional yeast to taste
  • 1 head cauliflower, broken into small florets
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Onion powder to taste
  • Honey or other sweetener to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Olive oil to coat florets
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • Cheddar cheese, grated, to taste (or vegan cheddar-style shreds)
  • 1 tomato (out of season, Ugly Ripe tomatoes work GREAT if you can find them), chopped
  • Romaine hearts, cut horizontally, in inch-wide pieces
  • Ranch dressing of your choice (I used Annie's Cowgirl Ranch, but there are loads of choices -- including great vegan varieties -- out there)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place cauliflower florets on a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over pieces and then sprinkle garlic and onion powders, salt and pepper over the cauliflower. Toss the mixture on the sheet so all pieces are coated. Then place in heated oven for 20 minutes, or until the florets are well-browned.
  3. Place a saucepan on medium heat. Melt the butter, then add the hot sauce. Stir and add a little bit of honey (you choose the amount -- it's just there to add some sweetness and temper a bit of the heat.) Pour in some nutritional yeast -- a little pile on top of the sauce should do -- and mix it in. Then just continue to cook the sauce, stirring occasionally, as the cauliflower roasts away.
  4. When browned, remove the florets from the oven and add them to the sauce, coating each piece.
  5. Place lettuce and tomatoes in a bowl, add saucy florets, and top with your cheese. Sprinkle some green onion on top and enjoy!

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    • StephanieMangino profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Mangino 

      4 years ago

      @SilverLotus1: Let me know what you think! We love it. :)

    • SilverLotus1 profile image

      SilverLotus1 

      4 years ago

      Never heard of this before - sounds yummy and I'm going to give it a try.

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      This sounds great! Must try!

    • Charito1962 profile image

      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Looks really yummy! At home, we prepare cauliflower topped with molten cheese! My family loves it.

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      RinchenChodron 

      4 years ago

      Interesting, I'll give it a try.

    • Susan Zutautas profile image

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh this sounds good! Do you think it would taste good with a homemade Caesar salad dressing rather than the ranch?

    • StephanieMangino profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Mangino 

      4 years ago

      @ecogranny: It's kinda of spicy -- I'd put it at medium heat. The butter tempers the heat pretty well, as does the ranch, when it's served. Frank's is just a cayenne/vinegar-based hot sauce. So anything along those lines would work -- or you can use a sauce you already know and love and just warm it up to coat the florets. :)

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      This looks absolutely wonderful! How spicy is it? For family members who don't enjoy hot-hot-spicy foods would you recommend using only a tablespoon of the Red Hot sauce? I've not heard of that brand before, so not familiar with its heat factor.

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