We love a good buffalo cauliflower, but as it has gone mainstream it has been a little “there, done” to see the same dish on almost every pub menu. It’s time to turn it up. Don’t worry, we’re keeping that buttery, tangy buffalo flavor, but we’re swapping out common cauliflower for a few curveball ingredients. Safe to say we are a little bit obsessed with buffalo. From spicy mac and cheese to buffalo pizza: Here’s how to add a dash of buffalo sauce to your favorite vegan dishes.
1. Crispy baked Buffalo Tofu Wings from Curious Chickpea
Recreate your favorite chicken offerings for buffalo vegans at home – without oil! These simply baked tofu strips are super crispy, a little bit spicy and absolutely versatile. Serve as a starter with vegan blue cheese or add flavor and protein to a bed of Romaine.
2. Buffalo Chickpea Mac n Cheese by Vegan Yack Attack
More is more when it comes to this cheesy dish. A deep bowl is topped with a base of vegan mac on the stove, crispy-cool romaine lettuce, buffalo-roasted chickpeas, and a double dash of buffalo sauce and a dairy-free ranch. It’s the kind of meal you put on your stomach while lounging on the couch after an incredibly long day.
3. Buffalo Chickpea Pizza with white garlic sauce and celery ranch dressing from Vegan Richa
Red pepper flakes aren’t the only seasoning option for pizza. Expand your horizons and go buffalo. We can guarantee that you will never find this vegan masterpiece in a typical slice joint.
4. Vegan Buffalo Wings from The Edgy Veg
It’s a classic, but this recipe doesn’t include cauliflower. These decadently meaty hot wings are made from seitan, then whipped and deep fried for the ultimate buffalo wing experience.
5. Vegan Buffalo Chicken Sandwich by Veggiekins
Buffalo style foods tend to be in the less healthy category, but this grip proves that you can enjoy the taste of buffalo without affecting your feelings. This recipe features baked buffalo cauliflower with lettuce, tomatoes, and creamy gluten-free bread on the avocado ranch. It turns out that a healthy compromise is delicious.
6th Vegan Buffalo Chicken Melt by Hot for Food
This is a type of cheese pull sandwich that needs to be cut in half. That sticky vegan mozzarella, thick cut buffalo chicken pieces and toasted baguette need to be documented on your social networks. It is really a thing of beauty.
7. Vegan double-filled Buffalo Ranch potatoes from I Love Vegan
Deviled eggs have nothing on these flavored spuds. They look just like the eggy starter (the recipe uses tiny milk potatoes) but have so much more flavor thanks to the mixed in buffalo sauce and melting vegan cheese. They are intended as a starter but can easily turn into a meal with a few celery and carrot sticks.
8. Spicy Buffalo Chickpea Wraps from Minimalist Baker
We can’t speak for everyone, but in our minds the word “wrap” means a sad, tasteless lunch that we ordered and ate at our desk before the pandemic. This innovative recipe sparked our interest in packaging. Instead of an almost stale tortilla, a pillow-like soft pita serves as a container for a colorful hummus salad and crispy roasted buffalo chickpeas. The wrap has been redeemed.
9. Buffalo Cauliflower Salad with Tahini Ranch from The First Mess
Sure, we’re back to the trusted buffalo cauliflower, but instead of serving it with ranch and limp vegetable sticks, this blogger makes a really good salad. Even those who don’t like vegetables will eat their weight in a salad, if it’s generously topped with tender, charred buffalo cauliflower and a wonderfully nutty ranch dressing.
10. Buffalo-style tofu strips from Pick Up Limes
If you’re familiar with Veggie Grill, these look just like the buffalo tenders from this vegan fast food chain. While the taste is equally satisfactory, this recipe is a bit healthier as it doesn’t require frying. Enjoy it with the accompanying vegan ranch recipe or fill it in sandwiches, salads and even wraps.
11. Buffalo Chickpea Jalapeño Poppers from Dora’s Table
If jalapeño poppers aren’t hot enough for you, these will do the trick. Each pepper is filled with a seasoned chickpea and buffalo mash, then coated with breadcrumbs and baked until crispy. Have a side of vegan sour cream ready if you can’t stand the heat.
12. Buffalo Crispy Tender Tacos with Vegan Ranch from Well Vegan
Thanks to the use of some key store-bought ingredients, these tacos come together in under 30 minutes, which is ideal when the taco cravings are calling. To make it even faster, buy your own vegan ranch instead of making it. Fill your corn tortilla with crispy Gardein chicken with a buffalo topping, avocado slices, crushed romaine and pico de gallo and pour everything off with a hefty helping of ranch.
13. Dairy-free Buffalo Queso from Two Dollar Radio
The folks at this Cleveland, OH cafe and publisher were generous enough to share this great recipe from their kitchen cookbook. It’s extremely versatile and complements a wide variety of dishes – from traditional nachos to penne pasta. It’s really liquid gold with a kick!
14. Buffalo Hummus from No Meat Athlete
When you consider that there seem to be every taste of hummus out there – from cucumber to chocolate – it’s no surprise that hummus with buffalo is a thing. Go the obvious dip route or get more creative and try pizza, quesadillas, or salads. Buffalo, surprisingly, goes well with almost everything – except maybe pickles, but who should judge that?
15. Baked Buffalo Chicken Dip from Veggies Don’t Bite
We struggled when we first became acquainted with the veganized artichoke spinach dip, but this buffalo chicken starter makes us weak on our knees with every hot, melting bite. From the tender buffalo cauliflower pieces to the luxurious cheese sauce with buffalo tips, this dish has it all.
Asked Flink is a digital editor for VegNews, and is a writer and fitness enthusiast based in Orange County, CA.
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