This buffalo cauliflower pizza might just be the best vegetarian pizza you ever eat. Crispy, spicy cauliflower, two cheeses, and a creamy, tangy ranch. It will make you wish every night was pizza night.

Buffalo cauliflower pizza served fresh out of the oven

The very first party I ever held as a kid (besides birthday parties) was a pizza party. It was the summertime. We wore bathing suits, played in sprinklers, ate pizza, and drank Squeezits (or maybe it was KoolAid Bursts; either way it was a red squeezable drink that was fashionable in the 90’s). Now if that’s not the epitome of joy around food, I don’t know what is.

Cauliflower pieces with buffalo sauced drizzled on top

Imagine if you could feel comfortable today eating pizza, drinking red drinks, and prancing around in your bathing suit. For so many of us, this feels like an unattainable dream. But food freedom is our birthright. If we could do it when we were younger before we cared about body size and diet culture, who’s to say we can’t do it now? You can. That unbridled joy around food is within your reach. 

Buffalo cauliflower pieces spread on sheet pan

Maybe you don’t go prancing around in your bathing suit and eating pizza now if you live on the East coast like me and are reading this in February when it’s published, but hey, summer will be here before you know it (hopefully) and then you can have your own pizza party. Just like the good ol’ days.

Buffalo cauliflower pizza served fresh out of the oven

How to Make Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza

This pizza is super easy to make. I use store-bought pizza dough to save on time. Roll it out. Top it with hot sauce and olive oil, breaded cauliflower that’s been tossed in hot sauce, diced red onion, mozzarella, and blue cheese. Bake it on a pizza stone (ideally) or a baking sheet at 500 degrees F until crust is browned and cheese is bubbling, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and garnish with green onion and drizzle with ranch dressing!

Slice of buffalo cauliflower pizza

Pro tip: Don’t skip the ranch. If you don’t have time for homemade ranch dressing, just use store-bought dressing. I’ve used both and it’s delicious both ways! But the ranch adds a creamy and tangy component that compliments the spicy Buffalo sauce perfectly. 

Slice of buffalo cauliflower pizza

Also, we have a home video of said pizza party when I was in 5th grade. It involves me doing the “walk like an Egyptian dance” and singing a song about a pizza party. Thank goodness no one has VHS players anymore ;). JK I wish I could watch it right now.

Slice of buffalo cauliflower pizza

If you want more Buffalo recipe inspo, check out the Buffalo cauliflower tacos I just posted! Or, the all-time blog reader favorite, buffalo cauliflower wing dip!

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Buffalo cauliflower pizza served fresh out of the oven

Vegetarian Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza


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Ingredients

For the pizza:

  • 12 ounces cauliflower florets, chopped into bite-sized pieces (about 4+ cups)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup Frank’s hot sauce, divided
  • 1 lb store-bought pizza dough, left out at room temperature for 30 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 red onion, diced (about 1/4 cup), divided
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles, divided
  • Sliced green onion, for garnish

For the ranch dressing:

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

For the pizza:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk flour, garlic powder, milk, salt and pepper until batter forms.
  3. Dip cauliflower florets into batter, one at a time. Place onto baking sheet.
  4. Bake battered cauliflower until golden-brown, about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Toss cauliflower with 1/3 cup Frank’s hot sauce until evenly coated. Bake again until crispy, about 5-10 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 550 degrees F and adjust the rack to the lower middle of the oven. If you have a pizza stone, place it on the lower rack.
  7. Cut dough in half. Roll each half of dough out on floured surface until it is 1/4 inch thick. Place dough on a cornmeal dusted pizza peel or 12 inch piece of parchment paper.
  8. Place dough onto pizza peel or parchment paper on the back of a baking sheet. Brush with 1 tablespoon olive oil and half of remaining hot sauce. Top with 2 tablespoons red onion, 1 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup blue cheese.
  9. Using a pizza peel or parchment paper on the back of a baking sheet, slide your pizza onto the pizza stone or another baking sheet. Bake for 5-7 minutes, remove parchment paper if used, and rotate pizza. Bake until crust is golden-brown and cheese is just starting to brown, about another 3-4 minutes.
  10. Let pizza cool slightly before serving. Garnish with green onion and ranch dressing.
  11. Repeat with remaining ingredients for second pizza.

For the ranch dressing:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients together until combined.

  • Category: Pizza
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Keywords: buffalo, cauliflower, pizza, vegetarian, ranch dressing

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18 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh this made my mouth water!

  2. This is my kind of recipe, looks fantastic!

  3. Christie Gagnon

    This pizza looks amazingly delicious! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. How can I NOT believe you when you say this might be the best pizza ever?!

  5. This recipe is perfect for a potluck! Say no more.

  6. This sounds amazing! I love anything buffalo!

  7. I love how easy this is to make! My kids would love this.

  8. Great idea to put cauli wings on pizza. A match made in heaven.

  9. That looks incredible! The base seems to hols together so well aswell! Definitely going to give this a try!