Buffalo Cauliflower and White Bean Quinoa Bake

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Buffalo Cauliflower and White Bean Quinoa Bake

This quinoa bake has all the fixings and flavors of a buffalo chicken bake, but made vegetarian with cauliflower, chickpeas, and quinoa! Crunchy celery, ranch, buffalo sauce, and the slightest bit of cheddar cheese make this a must! 

Buffalo Cauliflower and White Bean Quinoa Bake

Whether you’re looking to replace your favorite buffalo chicken dish with something plant based, love buffalo flavor in general, or are trying to come up with something creative for Superbowl Sunday or parties, you’ll love this quinoa bake.

Buffalo Cauliflower and White Bean Quinoa Bake

The shredded cheddar gives this dish a nice creaminess to complement the fluffy quinoa and gives it another blast of protein, color, and flavor. The white beans roast alongside the cauliflower in buffalo sauce, giving little bites of buffalo flavor throughout.

How to make buffalo cauliflower

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Toss the cauliflower with buffalo sauce.
  3. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender.
  4. Immediately toss with extra buffalo sauce.

Buffalo Cauliflower and White Bean Quinoa Bake

If you’re in need of a good buffalo sauce, I love Primal Kitchen’s Buffalo Sauce – it’s my go-to for anything buffalo (I’ll be using them on Lu’s wings on Superbowl Sunday!)

Hope you enjoy this dish – whether for an every day meal or a special occasion!


Buffalo Cauliflower and White Bean Quinoa Bake

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins


  • 1 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 large head of cauliflower florets only
  • 1 15- ounce can white beans drained and rinsed
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cooked cups quinoa
  • 3 celery ribs sliced into half moons
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup ranch dressing
  • sliced scallions for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In the bottom of a large bowl, add half of the buffalo sauce. Add the cauliflower and white beans and toss until fully coated. Place the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet, season with salt, and bake for 30 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender, shaking the pan every 10 minutes.
  • In the same bowl used to make the buffalo sauce, add the quinoa, celery, and cheddar cheese and toss to combine. Once the cauliflower is done cooking, add it to the bowl and toss to combine. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish and spread it out evenly. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until cheese melts.
  • Remove the dish from the oven, immediately drizzle with additional buffalo sauce. Drizzle with the ranch and garnish with scallions.

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Dina Carelli says:
Made this tonight and it was delicious! I subbed black beans bc it was all I had and blue cheese for ranch bc we like it better. I will definitely make it again!!

Meaghan says:
Looks fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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