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!

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4.67 from 3 votes

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 and beans 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!!
Meredith Guillot says:
Excited to make this- one clarifying question- do the white beans go in the oven with the cauliflower?
Kattie B says:
I added carrots, shallots, onion powder and garlic powder. Loved how simple, hearty, and nutritious this recipe is. I will definitely make it again.

4 stars

Meaghan says:
This looks so good!!! Amazing job!
Anonymous says:
This was delicious. I had frozen broccoli on hand instead of cauliflower and it worked wonderfully. Vegan shredded cheese blended in nicely with this as well. I’ll be continuing to make this one on meatless mondays!

5 stars

Meaghan says:
That's so great to hear!
Deb says:
Why isn't the nutrition content listed anymore?
Meaghan says:
It was just a choice made to honor our own journey with the food we're creating and sharing with others. But you can always enter the ingredients into a tracker to help calculate anything you may be looking for!
Jeanette M says:
So so good!! We’ve made it weekly for two weeks now and excited to keep having it. I love how nutrient dense it is with the flavor of Buffalo to make it craveable. What brand of ranch dressing do you like?

5 stars

Meaghan says:
Ali loves Tessemae's!
Kim says:
How come there is no longer how many people this dish serves? I have noticed that on a few recipes.
Meaghan says:
We're sorry some of that information is missing on a few recipes. In our latest recipes, we typically do share this information!

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