This Buffalo Cauliflower Dip features the classic buffalo flavor with tender roasted cauliflower. This version is super simple and full of veggies. Top with green onions, serve with chips, crackers, or celery sticks, and watch this dip disappear.
And if you're a fan of buffalo cauliflower, make these buffalo wings with cauliflower for a few delicious options.
Easy Buffalo Cauliflower Dip
This recipe for buffalo cauliflower dip recipe is just like the classic buffalo chicken dip everyone loves for game day. Instead of chicken, we're using perfectly roasted cauliflower mixed with a creamy sauce that's baked until it bubbles. It's the best dip (loved by veggie loves and fans of the classic chicken wings)!
It's an easy appetizer to wow even the ones who love buffalo chicken dip. The taste and texture are out of this world good and the best part is the rich and creamy sauce with tender roasted cauliflower. We always make the chicken version for the Super Bowl and will definitely add this vegan buffalo dip for years to come.
Love spicy Buffalo recipes as much as I do? You have to make these buffalo cauliflower wings or crispy buffalo cauliflower tacos.
Then try this sweet and sticky orange cauliflower or cauliflower gratin!
Here are the simple ingredients for cauliflower buffalo dip. Most are pantry staples and easy (and affordable) to find in grocery stores. Jump down to the recipe card for exact measurements.
- Cauliflower head: you can purchase a large head of cauliflower or a large bag of pre cut cauliflower florets.
- Oil: we like olive oil or avocado oil to drizzle on the cauliflower for roasting.
- Spices: kosher salt, garlic powder, dried dill, dried chives and paprika all combine to make a ranch flavor for the sauce since we aren't using ranch dressing.
- Mayo: if you aren't vegan and want to keep this paleo, we love using Primal Kitchen. However, opt for a vegan mayo at the store to keep it vegan without any eggs. You can also use sour cream if you don't need a dairy-free or vegan version.
- Coconut cream: this is the thick cream from the top of a can of full fat coconut milk. You could also use vegan cream cheese (we like Kite Hill).
- Lemon juice: this balances out the heat and salt with a little bit of acid.
- Hot sauce: we love to use Frank's Red buffalo sauce, but any hot sauce you love will work.
How to Make Buffalo Cauliflower Dip
The full recipe is below, but let’s walk through the steps with some photos and a video so you have a clear idea of what to expect. This healthy buffalo cauliflower dip is really easy and these step-by-step instructions will make sure they turn out every time.
Roast the cauliflower
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Spread the chopped cauliflower florets onto a large baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Toss to coat then sprinkle with kosher salt.
- Roast the cauliflower in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender and starts to char around the edges.
Mix the creamy buffalo sauce
- Mix the mayo, coconut cream, garlic powder, dill, chives, paprika, lemon juice and hot sauce in a large bowl.
- When the cauliflower is done, add it to the bowl and mix it well with the vegan cream sauce to combine.
- Grease an 8x8 inch baking dish with nonstick pray then pour the mixture into the pan. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese or blue cheese if desired, or omit to keep it dairy-free. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until it’s heated through and bubbling around the edges. We like to top it with fresh green onions and scallions before serving.
Watch How to Make Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Dip
What To Serve with Buffalo Cauliflower
You are going to want to have plenty of delicious diapers on hand so serve with this buffalo cauliflower. I like to offer a mix of healthy raw veggies and crunchy things. Try these:
- Celery Sticks
- Sliced Bell Peppers
- Carrot sticks
- Tortilla Chips
- Pita Chips
- Ritz Crackers
- Don't stir the cauliflower while it's roasting until it gets close to 20 minutes. This helps the bottoms extra golden and crispy.
- Make sure you measure the cauliflower and have enough! Without enough cauliflower the dip can end up soupy.
The most popular and affordable place to buy it pre made is Aldi. We've heard it's really good! Primal Kitchen also offers a version that you can purchase on Thrive Market.
There are 13.1 total carbs in one serving of this buffalo cauliflower Dip. However, there are 3.7g of fiber, which means there are 9.4 net carbs in this recipe.
We love the cauliflower florets in this recipe. They break up into slightly smaller pieces as they bake in the oven. However, if you want a smooth dip, add the cauliflower to a high-speed blender or food processor and pulse a few times to break it up after you roast it.
Storing and Reheating
Allow the dip to cool completely and store leftover buffalo cauliflower dip in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, place it back in a baking dish and bake at 350°F until warmed and bubbly. I don't recommend freezing this recipe because the consistency and texture will change as it thaws.
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More Vegan Appetizers
- Vegan cashew queso
- Buffalo cauliflower wings
- Air fryer zucchini chips
- Loaded sweet potato nachos with vegan queso
- Sweet potato hummus
- Creamy avocado dip
Buffalo Cauliflower Dip (Vegan)
- 1 large head of cauliflower (6-7 cups) cut into small florets
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil or avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¾ cup mayo or sour cream (I use primal kitchen paleo mayo or vegan mayo)
- ¾ cup coconut cream or cream cheese softened to room temperature
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 2 teaspoons dried chives or 1 tablespoon fresh chives
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ⅔ cup hot sauce (I used Franks Red Hot Original)
- For dipping: Tortilla chips, celery sticks, carrot sticks, bell peppers, or crackers
- Sheet Pan
- Baking Dish
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Spread the chopped cauliflower florets onto a large baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Toss to coat then sprinkle with kosher salt. Roast the cauliflower in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender and starts to char around the edges.
- While it’s roasting, mix the paleo mayo, coconut cream, garlic powder, dill, chives, paprika, lemon juice and hot sauce in a large mixing bowl. When the cauliflower is done, add it to the bowl and mix well to combine.
- Turn the oven down to 400°F and grease an 8x8 inch baking dish with non stick pray.
- Pour the buffalo cauliflower dip into the prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until it’s heated through and bubbling around the edges.
- Serve warm with your favorite tortilla chips, celery sticks, carrot sticks, peppers or crackers.
- To prep: Chop and roast the cauliflower in advance and store it in the fridge for up to 2 days before making the dip.
- To store: Allow the dip to cool completely and store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Place back in a baking dish and bake at 350°F until warmed and bubbly.
I made this today! It was a yummy game day appetizer. Curious if anyone else’s turned out a little runny? I was hoping it’d be a thicker consistency, but mine was like queso. Overall, will make again!