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Buffalo cauliflower and chickpeas over lettuce with purple onion and dressing drizzled over in a white bowl on white wood.

Buffalo Cauilfower Salad with Creamy Cashew Ranch Dressing

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2


Who said buffalo sauce is just for wings? This buffalo cauliflower salad is loaded with cauliflower, crispy chickpeas and topped with a creamy vegan ranch dressing made from cashews.


  • 34 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce
  • 4 cups fresh romaine, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, sliced

Creamy Vegan Ranch Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews (soaked 34 hours or overnight)
  • 1/2 cup fresh water
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Add cauliflower, chickpeas, oil, pepper and salt to large bowl and toss to coat.
  3. Pour mixture on to a baking sheet or stone. Roast for 20 minutes. Remove baking sheet from the oven, pour sauce over the mixture and toss to coat. Roast for another 10-15 minutes or until chickpeas are crispy and cauliflower is roasted to your liking. Remove from oven.
  4. While cauliflower is roasting, make your dressing.  Add soaked and drained cashews into a high powered blender or food processor with 1/2 cup water, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth.
  5. Prep salads by grabbing two bowls. Adding 2 cups of chopped romaine, 1/4 cup celery and 1/8 cup of onion to each bowl. Top with roasted buffalo cauliflower and chickpeas. Drizzle on dressing and enjoy!


* For the wing sauce, I used Steve’s Paleogoods Paleo Chef Wing Sauce, which is gluten-free and refined sugar free and definitely my first choice if you can find it. Tesssemae’s Hot Buffalo Sauce is another brand I would recommend. If you want to try a homemade version, this one is vegan and looks great. If you’re in a pinch, Frank’s Red Hot Wing Sauce also works and is still vegan.

  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 salad
  • Calories: 412
  • Sugar: 14g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 61g
  • Fiber: 18g
  • Protein: 20g

Keywords: buffalo cauliflower salad, buffalo cauliflower

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