Kohlrabi Chips with Hippie Ranch Dip
Before I get to this delicious and simple recipe I wanted to give a huge shout out to the lovely Brooke who came out to Tumbleweed Farm all the way from Seattle. Brooke is a blog follower and I was so excited to meet her in person this past week. She is staying in the area and stopped by Tumbleweed Farm for some fresh produce and a farm tour. She even had a few lovely items to share with us from Seattle. Theo Chocolate bars and bag of coffee beans from Slate Coffee Roasters. She sure knows the way to a couple of farmers hearts! We devoured the chocolate in about two seconds and the coffee has kept us energized in the fields without any major meltdowns. Major win! It was great to meet such an awesome gal who loves fresh veggies, coffee and chocolate just as much as we do!
I didn’t grow up eating a lot of kohlrabi. In fact I didn’t know what the darn thing was until we started farming 5 years ago.
Today, Taylor and I grow thousands of kohlrabi plants and they have quickly become one of my favorite vegetables-despite how funny looking they are!
Kohlrabi may be a semi new vegetable to me but ranch dressing just so happens to be an old favorite. I grew up dipping everything from french fries to potato chips in that stuff and I loved every single bite!
Since we began farming my diet has changed quite a bit. We have so many great vegetables and herbs at our fingertips that I no longer buy things like potato chips or ranch dressing at the grocery store (not that there is anything wrong with buying those things!) I have found that fresh vegetables and herbs outshine all of my old favorite foods by a landslide. The great news about this recipe is that you don’t need to live on a farm to create this simple snack. A quick trip to the farmers market or you’re local grocery store should do the trick.
These kohlrabi chips are so darn delicious that we have started making them on the grill since the heatwave arrived a few weeks ago. The recipe I created below calls for baking them since that is what I did the first time I made these. However, if it’s too damn hot to turn on your oven feel free to throw the “chips” on a well oiled grill. The hippie ranch dip is my healthy version of an old favorite. It’s been years since I’ve eaten “real” ranch (i’m not quite sure what that even means now!) but this dip is semi reminiscent of my old favorite condiment. I hope you all enjoy this snack as much as we do. Dig in!
Kohlrabi Chips with Hippie Ranch Dip
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Serves: 6
- 4 medium-sized kohlrabi, tough stems and leaves removed (no need to peel)
- 2 Tablespoons grapseed oil (or olive oil)
- 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 3 Tablespoons water + more to thin if necessary
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup fresh dill, minced
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- pinch of ground cayenne pepper
- fine sea salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Slice the kohlrabi into 1/8 inch rounds. This works best with a mandolin-however a sharp knife and a steady hand will do the trick.
- Toss the kohlrabi with oil, salt, pepper and cayenne. Place on a prepared baking sheet and bake in the oven until golden brown and crisp on all sides. About 15-20 minutes. Toss halfway through cooking. Depending on the size of each chip they will finish at different times. Remove the chips as needed and return the pan with the remaining chips to cook as long as needed.
- While the kohlrabi cooks prepare the dip. Combine all the ingredients for the "ranch" in a food processor or use an immersion blender. Process until smooth and well combined. Taste test and add more seasonings or water to thin.
- Serve kohlrabi chips with the ranch dip and a sprinkle of more salt and pepper. Enjoy!
Notes*Use this recipe as a guide *Cooking times will vary depending on the size of your kohlrabi chips and oven *Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary *always taste test as you go