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This Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Pasta Salad is the perfect Gluten Free Summer Potluck Recipe for entertaining friends and family with dietary restrictions!

Buffalo Pasta Salad with Cauliflower (Vegan & Gluten Free)

This Buffalo Pasta Salad is so easy to make! It's gluten-free and vegan, making it perfect for a crowd like a potluck or picnic. Even better, it comes together in 30 minutes or less.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 - 12 people
Calories 413kcal



  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1 lb gluten free or whole grain fusilli or penne
  • 2-4 carrots depending on size, peeled and diced
  • 4 stalks celery diced
  • 3 tbsp chives minced


Ranch Sauce:

  • 1/2 pack ranch dip seasoning mix
  • 1 cup vegan plain yogurt


  • Preheat oven to 450 F.
  • Spread the cauliflower florets onto a baking sheet with olive oil and roast for 20 minutes, turning and tossing once.
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the box's directions. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add the carrots, celery, and cauliflower to the pasta.
  • In a bowl, mix together the hot sauce, oil, agave, lemon and salt to taste. Toss generously with the pasta salad.
  • In another small bowl, mix together the seasoning mix and yogurt. Transfer to a piping bag.
  • To serve, drizzle the ranch sauce over the pasta salad and top with the minced chives.


  • This recipe is perfect when chilled. It's even tastier when you've gotten the buffalo pasta salad some time for the flavours to mingle in the fridge overnight! It's the perfect make ahead dish.
  • Don't have chives? You can swap for green onions in a pinch.
  • Don't have ranch dip seasoning? You can make your own. Try combining half a cup of dry buttermilk with a couple of pinches with some dried parsley, dried chives, garlic powder, onion powder, dried dill, salt, and pepper.


Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 475mg | Potassium: 420mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 2640IU | Vitamin C: 52.6mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2.6mg