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Crispy Buffalo Quinoa Bites Salad with Cheesy Ranch

A tasty salad packed full of buffalo flavor!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 438kcal

Ingredients

Buffalo Sauce and Quinoa Bites

Dressing:

Salad

  • 1-2 cups leftover [baked french fries |https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/double-baked-fries-with-garlic-cheese-sauce-and-bacon/] optional
  • 8 cups of butter lettuce chopped
  • 2 carrots sliced or chopped
  • 4 green onions sliced
  • 24 ounces gorgonzola or blue cheese crumbled

Instructions

  • Make the dressing. Combine all ingredients except the blue cheese in a bowl and mix well. Stir in the blue cheese and place in the fridge while you make the salads.
  • Make the buffalo sauce. Combine the melted butter, olive oil, hot sauce and seasoned salt in a medium size bowl. Whisk to combine and set aside
  • In another bowl combine the quinoa, mashed cannellini beans, bread crumbs, egg, salt, pepper and 4 tablespoons of the buffalo sauce. Mix well to moisten the ingredients and then form into 30-35 equal size balls (about 1/2 tablespoon to 1 tablespoon of the quinoa mixture). Squeeze the balls together tightly with your hands, being careful.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add half the balls to skillet and cook until golden and crisp on all sides, about five minutes. Gently (very gently) toss about 10 balls at a time with the buffalo sauce or you can dip each ball in the sauce as well if you are afraid the balls will crumble.
  • To assemble the salads, combine lettuce and carrots in bowls or on plates. Season lightly with salt and pepper, then toss. Top with an equal amount of green onions and fries, then add the buffalo quinoa bites on top. Cover in blue cheese, then drizzle with the dressing and add any remaining buffalo sauce. Go to town!

Nutrition

Serving: 4g | Calories: 438kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 1578mg | Potassium: 491mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4005IU | Vitamin C: 14.4mg | Calcium: 392mg | Iron: 2.2mg