Are you in love with this plant-powered dish as much as I am? I still remember the first time I tasted Buffalo Cauliflower in a cool, trendy restaurant in Silver Lake a few years ago. And ever since then it’s been popping up on restaurant menus all over the place. Unfortunately, many of those Buffalo Cauliflower dishes at restaurants (as well as the Internet) are hardly healthy. I did some research on how to make this divine, spicy dish, and discovered that many classic recipes are loaded down with butter and oils. So, I created a lighter, oven-baked version in this Healthy Buffalo Cauliflower with Ranch Dip recipe, that’s still rich in flavor, I promise! Make a batch and watch these babies disappear!
This recipe is completely plant-based (vegan) and gluten-free (if you use gluten-free flour), and includes my own home-made, trademark vegan ranch dressing. It’s super easy, too. You just mix together a spicy batter using flour, water, spices, vinegar, EVOO, and hot sauce; roll the cauliflower florets into the batter, and bake them on a baking sheet in a hot oven. Mix up the vegan ranch dip while you’re waiting for them to come out of the oven. Serve the piping hot Buffalo Cauliflower with the Vegan Ranch and celery sticks. Yum! This is a great party food (Super Bowl for example!), holiday appetizer or side dish, or just plain comfort food to jazz up your menu any day of the week.
I always grow cauliflower in my garden each year. I’m pictured with one of these beauties below (which was used in this very same recipe!). I also grow the celery for the garnish and herbs for the Ranch in my garden. The humble cauliflower is in the cruciferous family; thus, it’s packed with cancer-fighting compounds. Try growing it yourself, or put it on your weekly shopping list. The colored cauliflower are especially gorgeous.