With the temperature steadily rising here in Southern California, there’s nothing more refreshing than a crisp+cool salad. This one requires you to crank up your oven, but it’s totally worth it. Really. These crispy and spicy cauliflower-based buffalo bites offer the perfect contrast to the cold and fresh components here, creating a salad that’s perfect for summer.
Crisp romaine and herby cilantro are tossed together, then topped with crunchy celery and carrots before being topped with these baked buffalo cauliflower bites. The batter was created by whisking together some Fabanaise with soymilk, then adding in enough panko to create a consistency that was super easy to slather over the florets. They were then baked to create a crispy golden shell around the cauliflower before being drizzled with one of my favorite salad dressings—Follow Your Heart’s Bleu Cheese.
If you don’t want to make the salad, this buffalo cauliflower is also really good on its own, served with some Follow Your Heart Bleu Cheese dressing and crisp celery on the side, of course. Just make the florets a bit larger!