Monday, June 12, 2017

Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower, Bleu Cheese, and Bacon Salad

I love kitchen gadgets. Like, seriously love kitchen gadgets. I've bought quite a few over the years... some good purchases, and some definitely bad.  But my current obsession, the Philips Avance XL Digital Airfryer definitely falls into the former category. Fried food is without question my #1 vice, and this nifty machine lets me mimic it in a healthy and easy way. We're air-frying errrythang at our house these days.

Fried chicken is my kryptonite. Be it chicken tenders, a fat Southern drumstick, or boneless buffalo wings, I love it all. While the airfryer lets me make healthier versions of all of the above, I went one step further and swapped in some cauliflower instead (bonus veggies). These cauliflower bites are perfectly brown and crispy, then tossed in some homemade wing sauce, and served over a store-bought Bacon & Bleu chopped salad mix. The entire meal comes together in about 15 minutes! It's perfect for a weeknight, and to satisfy that buffalo wing craving.

Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower, Bleu Cheese & Bacon Salad 
Makes 2 entree servings

  • 5 oz. cauliflower florets
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1 package Dole Bacon & Bleu salad mix (for a vegetarian meal, just omit the bacon)
  • 1/3 cup buffalo sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray's)
  • 2 T. barbecue sauce
  • 1 t. brown sugar
  • Cilantro, optional for garnish
  1. Crack the egg into a small bowl and whisk until yolk and whites are combined. Add whole wheat flour to a second small bowl.
  2. Dip each cauliflower floret into the egg mixture and rub until lightly coated. Roll in the flour, shake excess, and place in the basket of an airfryer, or on a baking sheet. Spray lightly with olive oil.
  3. Cook in the airfryer at 400 degrees for 14 minutes. (Alternatively, you can bake the cauliflower in your oven at 425 for 20 minutes)
  4. While the cauliflower is cooking, combine the buffalo, BBQ sauce, and brown sugar in a bowl. 
  5. Toss the salad and separate onto two plates.
  6. Immediately dip the cauliflower in the wing sauce, shake off the excess sauce, and place the pieces over the salad and serve. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, delicious and easy to make as well. Thank you for sharing complete recipe with us, going to try it out. Hope it will be as delicious as it looks