Buffalo Cauliflower With Yogurt Ranch

A favorite bar snack gets a healthy upgrade.

For this recipe for buffalo cauliflower with yogurt ranch, Cauliflower florets are roasted for a healthier take on the bar snack favorite, and then tossed with a buffalo sauce spiked with just a touch of butter.
Photo: Victor Protasio
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins

Wings and vegetarians don't mix. Hence buffalo cauliflower, a dish that has graced us with its presence on bar and restaurant menus nationwide. And for good reason; cauliflower is a heavenly vegetable that can soak up flavor like a boss. What really brings this recipe home is the yogurt ranch that gets drizzled on top.


  • 1 head cauliflower (about 2½ lb.), cut into large florets

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • ½ cup buffalo-style hot sauce

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • .6666 cup whole-milk Greek yogurt

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar

  • 2 scallions, trimmed and finely chopped (about ⅓ cup), divided


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Toss cauliflower with oil and ¼ teaspoon salt on a large, rimmed baking sheet; spread in an even layer, cut sides down. Bake until golden brown on bottom, 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, heat buffalo sauce and butter in a small saucepan over medium, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with pepper. Keep warm over low.

  3. Place yogurt in a bowl; gradually stir in 3 to 5 tablespoons water until yogurt is smooth and reaches drizzling consistency. Stir in onion powder, vinegar, half of scallions, and remaining ¾ teaspoon salt.

  4. Toss roasted cauliflower with 3 tablespoons buffalo-butter sauce on baking sheet and spread in an even layer. Return to oven for 5 minutes. Toss with remaining buffalo-butter sauce. Drizzle with some yogurt ranch; serve remaining yogurt ranch alongside. Top with remaining scallions.

Greek is the Word

Strained until it's thick and creamy, Greek yogurt has more protein than the traditional version and is just as packed with probiotics—those good bacteria that aid digestion and bolster the immune system. For maximum richness, we prefer the whole-milk option (sometimes marked 5 percent).

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