Okay, you know the drill on Buffalo anything — a special hot sauce (most often, Frank’s) envelopes something chewy and is served with cooling, contrasting ranch or bleu cheese dressing and raw carrots and celery. In the vegan world, either tofu or cauliflower have been swapped in for wings, and the dressing is dairy free.
When you stop to think about this dish, it’s pretty strange. Who thought of Buffalo wings? And why celery and carrots? This remains a mystery to me, though I know that it literally was invented in Buffalo, NY, circa 1964. Somehow, it works very well. Even (or especially) minus the chicken.
I do think that there are enough vegan cauliflower wings recipes floating around the web. But I enjoy this mash-up of flavors so much that I’ve transposed them into this hearty Buffalo cauliflower chickpea salad.
I’d much rather have soup when it’s cold out, so my palate needs a lot of prodding to enjoy salad, which is so important to have all year round. This one is perfect for chilly weather, with the enticement of the hot (or warm) cauliflower and chickpea mixture. The slaw-like salad, dressed in vegan ranch dressing, incorporates celery and carrots, the two indispensable veggies for the whole Buffalo flavor experience.
With just a few inexpensive ingredients, this yields a heaping portion, quickly and easily. Leftovers can be packed into containers for office or school lunches. Here you’ll see that the salad is being served with fresh corn tortillas (thank you, Vermont Tortilla Company!). They’re a perfect accompaniment — just scoop a bit of the salad into the center, fold it over, and just like that, you’ve got Buffalo cauliflower soft tacos.
The hot Buffalo cauliflower and chickpeas
The cool salad
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 265 Total Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 586mg Carbohydrates: 30g Fiber: 9g Sugar: 9g Protein: 9g
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