Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower Wings

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Balsamic glazed cauliflower wings are one of my favorite gluten free appetizers! This easy cauliflower based appetizer has a sticky balsamic glaze that vegans and carnivores will both love!

There’s a certain big football game coming up, and game day eats and drinks aren’t only about pretzels and beer. We are here to show you that even though you are glued to the tube (whether for the game or the commercials), you can still entertain with amazing food and wine pairings. And I am sure everyone in your crowd will love a glass of Gallo Family Vineyards Merlot with these Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower “Wings”.

Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower “Wings”

Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower "Wings" - a fun vegetable side dish or gluten free appetizer recipe that vegans and carnivores alike will devour. | | gluten free, vegetarian, vegan

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I’m a wine girl. Doesn’t matter whether I am at a fancy restaurant, grilling burgers, or watching the game and snacking, I’m always going to choose wine. I’m no expert, but I know what I like, and have learned a little bit about pairings over the years. While I’ll usually go with a Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay with chicken or shrimp, or a Cabernet with a steak, if I am just going to be sipping and snacking, I think Merlot is a great go-to wine. So I knew the Gallo Family Vineyards Merlot was the wine I would choose to pair with some gourmet game day food.

Ever since I made and shared the recipe for Sesame Glazed Cauliflower “Wings” (and saw the crazy response to them!), I’ve been dying to try a new version. This time I decided to go with a balsamic glaze, which I thought would be perfect with the medium-bodied and versatile Merlot, since it pairs well with a wide variety of foods. A bolder wine might clash with the cauliflower, but the intense balsamic would be too much for a lighter white wine.

Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower "Wings" - a fun veggetable side dish or appetizer recipe that vegans and carnivores alike will devour. | | gluten free, vegetarian, vegan

I don’t know who was devouring these Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower “Wings” faster – me, The Hubby, or The Bug.

We polished off the entire batch. In fact, I think I may like them even more than the Sesame Glazed version. The balsamic vinegar reduced and got sticky and sweet and syrupy in the oven, with just a hint of garlic and rosemary. I can’t wait to make these again, and enjoy them with another glass of Gallo Family Vineyards Merlot.

Sure, they’re veggies and the vegetarians in your crew will be happy, but the robust flavor will even please the biggest carnivores (like my Hubby). And with a few simple adjustments, you can satisfy the vegans and gluten-free eaters too!

Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower "Wings" - a fun veggetable side dish or appetizer recipe that vegans and carnivores alike will devour. | | gluten free, vegetarian, vegan

A couple of items you might want to help you make these delicious balsamic glazed cauliflower wings:

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5 from 5 votes

Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower Wings

Serve up Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower "Wings" for the big game. These sweet, savory, sticky bites will be devoured by both vegetarians and meat-eaters.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes


For the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce or tamari for gluten free
  • ¼ cup honey or agave or maple syrup for strict vegan
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp finely minced fresh rosemary
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • a few grinds black pepper

For the cauliflower:

  • One large head cauliflower
  • ½ cup flour I used brown rice flour, but I have seen similar recipes where regular all purpose flour was used
  • ½ cup milk of choice I used almond milk


For the sauce:

  • Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Set aside.

For the cauliflower:

  • Preheat your oven to 450°F, and spray a baking sheet with oil or cooking spray.
  • Cut the cauliflower into florets. The smaller they are, the faster they will cook and softer they will get.
  • Whisk together the flour and milk in a bowl.
  • Toss the cauliflower in the batter until thoroughly coated.
  • Arrange the cauliflower on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until slightly less done than you want them.
  • Remove from the oven and pour the sauce over the cauliflower.
  • Return to oven for another 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and gently flip and toss the cauliflower in the sauce on the sheet to coat.
  • Return to the oven for another 5 minutes.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.



Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower "Wings" - a fun veggetable side dish or appetizer recipe that vegans and carnivores alike will devour. | | gluten free, vegetarian, vegan

Need some more gourmet game day snacks like the balsamic glazed cauliflower wings to pair with your favorite wine?

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And make sure you check out the rest of today’s menu from the #SundaySupper family for Game Day Entertaining & Pairings using the Gallo Family Vineyards wines:

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Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower "Wings" - a fun veggetable side dish or appetizer recipe that vegans and carnivores alike will devour. | | gluten free, vegetarian, vegan

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Thank you so much. Yes, tapioca and arrowroot starch are great gluten free options as well!

  1. Sarah

    I’m drooling. Seriously. I’ve become so addicted to cauliflower it’s not even funny. Can’t wait to make this!

    I will be starting a blog soon. Not using my own recipes because I have no idea how to put stuff like this together but maybe eventually. I do want to show people (mainly moms under time constraints) how possible it is to make delicious food without animal cruelty. Mainly my point is to ask if it is okay to link your recipe if I use it?

  2. Kim O.

    5 stars
    I had been looking for this balsamic glaze recipe for many years. My ex mother-in-law was from Portugal and would make this to pour over steak and fries when we came to visit her years ago. I have never forgotten the taste and was thrilled to finally come across this. Just as I remember it. I will be pouring this over everything!!

  3. Tricia

    These are soooo yummy! I also made a batch with melted vegan butter and buffalo sauce and they tasted like hot wings! Cannot wait to make theSe in football season.

  4. Jessica

    I followed the recipe but mine came out soggy looking, not like the picture. Did this happen to any one else?

    1. Katy

      Mine also came out very soggy yesterday. I baked on the pan. It seemed like there was too much liquid in the sauce so all the crisping that happened in the first battered step just turned into a soggy mess after I added the sauce, and in so much liquid the cauliflower itself started to overcook. In the future I think I would try it without the batter step and just toss the cauliflower in the sauce (maybe a thicker version). It was still tasty but did not look as appealing 🙂

  5. Sars

    I have now made these twice in one week! And will definitely be making them again for my roommate…and likely next time my family comes over for dinner. These are delicious!

  6. Dana

    Made these today and LOVED them! I think next time I will bake them in a 9″ dish instead of a small cookie sheet so as to avoid the extra clean-up from the sticky, sweet (and VERY tasty) sauce as it bubbles up and hardens after taking them out of the oven.

    1. Hmmm, honestly I don’t cook a ton of vegetarian main dishes because my hubby doesn’t think it counts as a meal if there is no meat (ugh!), but perhaps a pasta dish or an eggplant parmesan?

  7. I found this recipe thru Pinterest and had to check it out. I’m always on the lookout for veg appetizer recipes. Thanks. Cauliflower wings, what an idea. Would the flavor change a lot of I used thyme versus rosemary? I think this dish would be great for my next party, will let you know how it turns out.

  8. Brianne, I totally loved your Sesame Cauliflower Wings when you posted them and these are no different.. Ok… maybe a little I’m obsessed with balsamic vinegar so these are totally going to happen in my house! Love them! Pinning!

  9. These sound so freaking delicious. Once again, you’ve come to the rescue when I’m trying to figure out something to make for a food event! (You helped me with Thanksgiving too!)

  10. I love everything about this Brianne. Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables and the sauce sounds so delicious. Will have to give this a try!

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