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Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dressing

    A healthy version of the popular game day appetizer recipe, these buffalo cauliflower bites with blue cheese dressing are packed with flavor, gluten free, low carb and low in calories.

    Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dressing a healthy appetizer recipe

    Is there anything better in life than appetizers? They’re my favorite dish to order in a restaurant, the first thing I crave when I attend a party and one of my favorite courses to prepare when I’m hosting friends. 

    As you’re probably well aware, there is a big game coming up where a bunch of tough dudes toss around a football. We aren’t much of a sports family but I love any excuse to entertain friends, eat delicious appetizers and watch some of the best commercials of the year. (In fact, I spotted Budweiser filming their game day commercial during my visit to New Orleans earlier this month!)

    Buffalo Cauliflower with Healthy Blue Cheese Dressing a clean eating appetizer recipe

    This particular appetizer recipe is dedicated to my dear friend Kristin who loves any and all things buffalo. And who can blame her? Tart, tangy and mildly spicy, buffalo sauce is loaded in flavor.

    Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dressing a healthy game day snack recipe

    To keep it healthier, I decided to swap out deep fried chicken wings for oven roasted caramelized cauliflower. Paired with my creamy blue cheese dressing made with yogurt instead of mayo, it is truly a match made in heaven. I promise you won’t miss any of the missing fat and calories.

    No forks required.

    Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dressing

    Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dressing

    4.75 stars average
    These buffalo cauliflower bites with blue cheese dressing are packed with flavor, gluten free, low carb and low in calories.
    PREP: 10 mins
    COOK: 25 mins
    TOTAL: 35 mins
    Servings: 4


    • 8 cups cauliflower florets
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon pepper
    • ½ cup hot sauce
    • ¼ cup butter (unsalted)
    • 4 servings Light Blue Cheese Dressing (to serve)
    • celery sticks (to serve)
    • blue cheese crumbles (optional garnish)


    • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray and set aside.
    • In a medium bowl, toss together cauliflower florets with olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread in an even layer on baking sheet and roast until caramelized, about 20-25 minutes.
    • While cauliflower is roasting, melt butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Remove from heat and whisk in hot sauce; set aside.
    • Add cooked cauliflower back to the medium bowl and drizzle with the buffalo sauce. Toss until evenly coated and serve on a platter with blue cheese dressing  and celery sticks.


    Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups cauliflower and 2 tablespoons blue cheese dressing


    Serving: 1gCalories: 255kcalCarbohydrates: 12.2gProtein: 6.3gFat: 20.6gSaturated Fat: 9.6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 1350mgFiber: 6.3gSugar: 5.8g

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


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