Homemade Chips & Garden Salsa!

I would like to formally declare that I am the Cincinnati Bengals‘ good luck charm!

Yes, after twelve games, coming in with their FIRST WIN of the SEASON, the Cincinnati Bengals beat the New York Jets on Sunday!

And I would like to believe it was because I was in Cincinnati rooting them on. 🙂

hahah Juuuuust kidding. But in a momentous game, they did win. And I was cheering for them over at my brother’s house. ((With the cutest little nephews you’ve ever seen!))

I don’t know about you, but I love watching football. There’s just something about sitting around the TV with your loved ones, with good food and drinks, that just makes my heart so full.

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And one of the “classic” tailgate foods is, naturally, chips and dip.

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My favorite is guacamole, but alas – there were absolutely zero ripe avocados at the grocery store, so I settled with making a tangy, flavorful slaw of sorts to go with my homemade buckwheat chips!

It’s quick. It’s crunchy. It’s delicious and refreshing. I used some fresh dill in the salsa, and it gave it this wonderful fresh zing that kept everyone coming back for more! Sounds like the perfect game time snack!

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And when you use a mandolin slicer, the garden salsa/slaw literally comes together in less than 7 minutes! (Just be sure to use the hand guard!)

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Plus: it’s gluten free, vegan, and Paleo!

((For those wondering, despite its name, buckwheat is a gluten free pseudo-grain!))

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Here’s What You Need: (Serves 3)
1 cucumber, seeded and sliced thin on a mandolin
3 radishes, sliced thin on a mandolin
1 red pepper, diced
1 carrot, diced
1/2 red onion, sliced thin
2 green onions, sliced

Juice of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp EVOO
1 1/2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste

3/4 cups buckwheat, cooked in 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
2 Tbsp almond flour
2 egg whites (Vegan option: 2 flax/chia eggs)

Mandolin slicer
Good Chef’s Knife (This is the one I use and love)
2 Baking sheets
Parchment paper
Large mixing bowl
Sauce pan with tight fitting lid

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cook the buckwheat, per package directions, until it absorbs all the liquid – about 7 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let cool. Cut 6 medium rectangles of parchment paper and set aside.

Once the buckwheat is cooled, combine it in a bowl with the almond flour, egg whites, and salt and pepper. Then, place 1/3 of your buckwheat mixture on one piece of parchment paper. Place the other piece on top and “smoosh” the dough out as thin as you can. Leave the top paper on. Repeat with the other two thirds of the mixture. Bake as “parchment sandwiches” for about 35-40 minutes, until golden brown. When you take it out, the paper will fall right off! break into chips and enjoy!

Meanwhile, prep all the veggies. After you slice the red onion, soak it in ice water for about 10 minutes. (This gets rid of the bitter onion-y bite). Drain, and combine it with the rest of your veggies in a medium-sized bowl. Toss with your dressing and dill. Refrigerate until your chips have finished baking, and you’re ready to serve. (The longer it sits, the more flavorful it gets, as the salsa’s flavors “marry.”)

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To serve, plate your slaw with the chips and garnish with green onion!

What a fabulous dish! It was just what we were craving while watching the game! The flavors were bright and fresh from the lemon and dill — so refreshing and clean tasting! Which complimented the nutty buckwheat perfectly!

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And the textures were marvelous! First of all, it was super cold and crunchy. This made it so satisfying! And the chips — wow! It was the best chips and salsa I’ve ever had!

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Finally, it goes without saying, but the colors were gorgeous. The purple onions, green cucumber, red peppers, light green onions, and pink and purple radishes just popped off the plate!

This slaw would also be terrific on top of a piece of white fish or salmon, or even over tofu or chicken! It’d also be great as a sandwich topper, or even with a dollop of hummus on top!

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Let’s see if the Bengals can pull off another win next weekend!?

Who are you rooting for in the NFL? What kind of tailgate food do you like to serve during the games?

“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5

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43 responses to “Homemade Chips & Garden Salsa!”

    • haha thank you so much John! Yeah this one was particularly tasty with the fresh dill in the salsa! Aw, thanks 🙂 yeah they such cuddly little guys! i was in absolute heaven! hope you’re having a great night! hugs ox

      • Thanks, all is well here but it’s an all day rain and 53 just now. Big snow at 7000 feet and above, we get the rain. Heading to Michigan early tomorrow for family Christmas (always early).

      • oh that’s so exciting! ((Not the rain but your trip!)) I hope you have a great time! and merry early christmas to you and yours!! 🙂 safe travels!

    • thank you so much!! haha i know – how absolutely tragic would that have been to not have a single win?! Thanks for stopping by! hugs x

    • thanks Ryan!! Aren’t they just the cuddliest little guys?!? i was in heaven!! Thank you for stopping by! hugs xo

      • Your blog is awesome, my anxiety keeps me from commenting much, so I’m a silent fan lol! but when I have to pick a few of my favorite blogs yours is definitely one of them!

      • oh my gosh, i cannot express how much that means to me, thank you. And i totally get that — sending you the biggest hugs!!! xoxoxoxoxo

    • thank you so much!! yes! IDENTICAL!! can you believe it!? God is so good 🙂 and they look just like both my brother and his wife — they’re adorable! please excuse my gushing aunt moment 🙂 heheheh hugs xo

    • aw, thanks so much! i’m glad you enjoy them! hope you have a great night! big hugs to you xox

  1. Packer fan here! But I haven’t had a chance to watch a game in years. Haha. Those chips look amazing! Your recipes are wonderful. And two cute buddies! My youngest looks about their age. Such fun!! Have a great week, Caralyn. 😘

    • Go Pack Go!!! Oh gosh, i love the packers 🙂 Thank you so much!! yeah, my nephews are cuddly little cuties 🙂 thanks for checking out my recipe! hugs xox

  2. 49ers. I grew up in the Joe Montana era. I was losing touch with the NFL a few years ago when a certain quarterback’s career was rapidly declining and he rebranded himself as an America-hating attention-seeking activist, but now that he’s gone I can watch again. I don’t particularly like that we have Richard Sherman, he’s a jerk, but he’s our jerk and I’m learning to tolerate him.

    • Nice! One of my best friends is a 49ers fan, and I have visited quite a few 49ers bars in NYC. yeah that was quite a display. thanks for stopping by!

    • thank you so much for the pin! oh it was an extra lovely treat! thanks for stopping by! hugs xox

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