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vegan buffalo wing slider with red onion, lettuce and ranch

Vegan Buffalo Wing Sliders and Ranch Dressing

Delicious vegan buffalo wings turned sliders. Crispy, packed with flavor, super healthy and smothered in a vegan ranch dressing that will blow your mind.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy sliders, vegan burger
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10 sliders
Calories 421 kcal
Author Sophia DeSantis

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower (medium-size)
  • 3/4 - 1 cup cayenne pepper hot sauce

CRISPY COATING:

  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs (gluten-free if needed)
  • 6 tbsp hemp seeds or almond flour , grind the hemp seeds for best results (see notes)
  • 6 tsp dried parsley
  • 6 tsp garlic powder

BATTER:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup cayenne pepper hot sauce (I like Frank’s Buffalo Sauce)
  • 1 cup sparkling soda water
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • drizzle oil , optional (see notes)

TO SERVE:

  • 10 buns (slider-size)
  • Vegan Ranch—The Real Deal (recipe below)
  • Cayenne pepper hot sauce
  • Red onion
  • Lettuce

Vegan Ranch Dressing:

  • 1 cup unsweetened plain cashew or almond milk
  • 14 tsp distilled white vinegar (1/4 cup plus 2 tsp)
  • 5 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews (see note)
  • 1 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp mustard powder
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Instructions

Make ranch dressing:

  1. Place the cashew milk, vinegar and lemon juice in a bowl and allow it to sit while you assemble the rest of the ingredients.

  2. Add the milk mixture, cashews and salt into a high-speed blender and purée until smooth.
  3. Add the parsley, garlic powder, onion, onion powder, dill, black pepper and mustard powder to the blender and pulse until well mixed. Refrigerate the dip to thicken.

Make Crispy Cauliflower Pieces:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F (232°C).
  2. Slice the cauliflower into large slider-size pieces. Or cut into nugget size if making for kids.

  3. Make the crispy coating by mixing together the cornmeal, bread crumbs, ground hemp seeds (or almond flour), parsley and garlic powder, then place it in a shallow baking dish. You can also put it into a large plastic bag for the shake and bake option.

  4. Make the batter by combining the almond flour, buffalo cayenne pepper hot sauce, water and baking powder in a bowl until fully mixed. Add a drizzle of oil if you’d like. See notes for kid friendly batter.

  5. Using one hand for the batter and one for the coating (this helps avoid clumping of the coating), dip each cauliflower piece in the batter then place in the coating dish and cover with coating. Place each piece on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Make sure to evenly spread out the pieces. 

  6. If using the plastic bag, simply place the batter coated cauliflower into the bag and shake to coat in the topping. It should all fit but do it in parts if need be, just make sure to only use half of the coating so that it doesn't all get wet.

  7. Bake for about 25 minutes. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and drizzle about 1/2 cup (120 ml) hot sauce on top of the cauliflower pieces, trying to coat the top sides well. Using a pastry brush can help. 

  8. Flip them over and drizzle the rest of the hot sauce on top of the other sides, trying to coat them well. Put them back in the oven and bake for 10 minutes until they’re crispy.
  9. Serve immediately on slider buns with the toppings of your choice, using 1 to 2 pieces of cauliflower for each slider, depending on size.

Recipe Notes

Baby/Kid Food idea:

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Buffalo Wing Sliders and Ranch Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 421 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 675mg28%
Potassium 498mg14%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 0IU0%
Vitamin C 28.9mg35%
Calcium 111mg11%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.