Homemade Potato Chips and Avocado Ranch Dip for an Earth Day Virtual Picnic for the Planet

It’s Earth Day! Come celebrate with a Virtual Picnic in honor of the Picnic for the Planet the Nature Conservancy are hosting around the globe today. We’re bringing crisp baked potato chips and avocado ranch dip with us. Won’t you join us?

Warming weather to this family means plenty of outdoor eating, sitting in the grass and running through wide open spaces. We love a good picnic, especially if it involves all the lovely picnic foods like potato salad and hamburgers. However, one thing our picnics lack is potato chips. We don’t buy them, and my dear husband hasn’t had one pass his lips in over 15 years. While he’ll tell you that he doesn’t miss the salty crunch potato chips bring to the party, I was bound and determined to find a potato chip recipe that he would deem acceptable for consumption. Turns out baking potatoes, even in chip form, does not a potato chip make. According to him.

According to me, I made homemade potato chips. Baked. Then I topped it of by making a creamy avocado ranch dip to scoop up in my homemade potato goodness. We’re ready to picnic and potato chips are invited to the party.

We’re inviting you to a Picnic for the Planet today in honor of Earth Day. Get involved and check out these five things you can do to support the planet:

Eat Smart. Know where your food comes from and what’s in it.

Eat Local. Shop at farmers’ markets, join a CSA, locate a co-op or buy direct from a farm.

Eat Sustainably. Choose sustainable options when purchasing seafood.

Eat Green. Look for organic options and add more produce to your diet, and be sure to check out the Eat Well, Spend Less series to do it on a budget.

Eat Out. Join the Picnic for the Planet and eat outside today, celebrating what we have all around us.


Start by thinly slicing potatoes. I used Sara‘s mandoline for nice, even slices, but you could also do this with a vegetable peeler or in your food processor, too.

Lay out the potatoes and brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. These get put into a fairly hot oven and then baked into golden glory goodness. Drain them on a baking rack, paper bag or kitchen towel.

For the dip, we’re going to start with creamy and ripe avocados. Mine were a gift from California Avocados Direct and were some of the best avocados I’ve had. They were fresh and creamy and completely void of those annoying strings you so often see in store-bought avocados. The creamy green was perfect for eating on its own or turning into dips and spreads or, in this case, avocado ranch dip.

Mix in Greek yogurt, lemon juice, a cocktail of spices and herbs and mash in the avocados for a dip that is made for those hearty potato chips.

Packed tightly inside a lemon-rubbed canning jar and then covered with a piece of parchment, this avocado dip won’t brown nearly as easily as guacamole. Squeeze out as many air bubbles as you can while packing, cover with a piece of parchment right on top and then seal with the lid. You’ll be good for 24 hours.

Lightly oiled potato chips hold up to this creamy ranch dip and will have the kids squealing and may even reform those on self-imposed potato chip bans. Plus, they’re perfect picnic eats.

Happy Earth Day! Thank you so much to Amber and Aimee for coordinating the whole thing! Come join our virtual picnic by visiting the rest of our group:

Simple Bites | Pressed Sandwiches
My Baking Addiction | Mixed Berry Cheesecakes in a Jar
Bluebonnets & Brownies | Nanny’s Potato Salad
Gourmande in the Kitchen | Honey Ginger Lemonade
Dine & Dish | Sangria
Add A Pinch | Herbed Tortellini Salad
Bakers Royale | Fruit Recipe Roundup
Three Many Cooks | Black and White Caviar
Food for My Family | Homemade Potato Chips and Avocado Ranch Dip
Sugarcrafter |Apple Hand Pies
Tickled Red | Tangy Potato Salad
What’s Cooking with Kids | Kale Chips
Confessions of a Cookbook Queen | Mini Lemonade Cakes
TidyMom | Picnic Pies in a Jar


Today’s recipe was inspired by and adapted from the cheeky wonder, Brooke McLay. I’ve been dreaming of potato chips ever since I saw hers, and I knew I needed to bring them into my own kitchen and out on a picnic with me.

2 pounds potatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
sea salt

Preheat oven to 400° F. Using a mandoline or vegetable peeler, shave potatoes into very thin slices. Lay slices onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Brush lightly with olive oil on both sides and sprinkle lightly with sea salt.

Bake at 400° F for 15 minutes or until potatoes start to turn golden on one side. Flip the slices and continue baking for another 7-10 minutes. Flip again and bake until potatoes are golden brown and crisp, another 5-10 minutes. Cool slightly and serve warm or cool completely and store in airtight container.


Makes 6 cups potato chips.
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2 avocados
1 cup Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh chives, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley, minced
1 teaspoon dried dill
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
chips and vegetables for dipping

Peel and mash avocados. Mix avocados with Greek yogurt and lemon juice. Stir in chives, parsley, dill, onion powder, garlic powder and salt. Serve with homemade potato chips, pita chips or fresh vegetables for dipping.


Makes 3 cups.
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Comments

  1. Crave-worthy dip to go with homemade potato chips? I’m in.

  2. This sounds lovely! I have never even thought to make my own potato chips until now. Thanks!

  3. Shaina, that dip sounds wonderful!! I will try it, using some thick (maybe partially-strained) kefir for the greek yogurt! :D

  4. wow wow wow this is blowing my mind it looks so good!!!! You rock girl.

  5. Dusting off my mandolin very very soon so I can make these!

  6. I want this right now so much! I am not kidding! he dip sounds wonderful and also very healthy. Happy Easter to you and your family!

  7. Oh. I hope I’m always your Cheeky Wonder ;)
    Loves ya!

  8. Those chips look superb! And the dip? A spoon & I could have a merry ole time with that!

  9. I am all over your homemade chips and dip! Adding a mandolin to my list so that I can make these!

  10. Wow these look amazing and that dip…oh, that dip!

  11. LOVE everything about this post. Love how you celebrate picnics, Earth Day, family, homemade baked potato chips and ripe CA avocados. Happy days indeed! Your daughter is precious – love the gingham! xo

  12. Those chips have my mouth totally watering – yum, Shaina!

  13. I am seriously salivating here. No kidding. I love your avocado dip and homemade potato chips. These recipes are keepers.

  14. Lovely golden brown color I can just imagine how good these must be. I don’t like to deep fry anything so this is a great alternative.

  15. Kickin myself as I did not partake. Doh! Now I am off for chips.

  16. I can’t decide what I want more–the chips or the dip?! I’m pretty sure I need both.

  17. You have no idea how happy I am to have a ripe avocado on hand and leftover chips from yesterday’s picnic. Let the fun begin all over again!Thanks for picnicking with us, even though you’re a busy lady. xox

  18. my hubby is going to LOVE you for this one Shaina!! he LOVES home made chips!!!

    Thanks for sharing!!

  19. I love everyone’s posts! Such a nice idea. Those avocados look great – as well as the potato chips :)

  20. So funny, but before reading this post I was thinking about making homemade baked potato chips! With that dip to go with them, I have no doubt they would not last long in my house! Yum!

  21. eee! These look AMAZING and so does the dip! Loove homemade potato chips. Definitely trying them for the next picnic I go to :)

  22. Oh my…this looks fabulous. All of it. I want ALL of it!!

  23. Beautiful chips! I have to try this recipe. I never would have thought that chips, being so thin, have to be baked for half an hour. Thanks for sharing :-)

  24. Nice chips, better than fried.
    Congratulations for this wanderfull blog.
    I love it.
    Kisses

  25. YUM! I love homemade chips — and will definitely have to try this baked version. I used to make them in the microwave (very tasty), but haven’t in a long time. And as for the dip, anything with avocado has to be great.

  26. Shania ~ i’d drive all the way to Minnesota or wherever you live if you’ll make me these chips and that dip!!!

  27. Oh wow…the chips AND the dip look fabulous! I want to come to this picnic!!!

  28. Oh man, that looks so amazing! And I am absolutely jealous of your beautiful California avocados.

  29. That dip looks awesome. I bet it would be great as a spread for a sandwich as well.

  30. We have been on a huge avocado kick lately – it’s a wonderful, healthy food that my daughter is actually eager to eat. Thank goodness. We’ll have to try your dip – it looks perfect. Plus, I love how you packed it into a jar. Thanks for the tip to rub it with lemon juice! xo

  31. Your chips look SO good and crispy!! I must make for my kids and I know they will love the avocado dip:)

  32. This looks so yummy. Any recommendations on a mandoline? I’ve never bought one before for fear of slicing off my fingertips.

  33. I am begging you to come to RI and cook for me. I will buy the avocados

  34. Elizabeth says:

    I made the dip for a party this weekend and it was a huge hit! It’s great and delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  35. You cannot beat homemade chips, they really do taste so much better fresh, yum!

  36. Michele H says:

    Wow I can’t wait to make these!

  37. I can’t wait to try this. We are avocado fans at our house. Just linked up to this post today on the blog.

  38. Your personal commitment to passing the message up and down has been amazingly informative and has surely empowered girls like me to reach their goals.

  39. yogurt is so very easy to make,only need a yogurt machine witch is just a heated pot at 105 deg and yogurt starter witch is plain yogurt,good on is greek plain yogurt ,with active cultures all must have this and any type of milk

    good item i have until i bought a very low heat oven for my yogurt or bread making is to use a heating pad,many websites has this info
    will check the link

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  42. Do you know how many calories is in this entire snack?

  43. Okay, I’m making these recipes, today. Potato chips and dip are hard to resist. As Michael Pollan says in Food Rules, “Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself!”

  44. In the oven right now! They are a little thicker than yours because of the peeler I used but will come out fine. I always liked making sliced potatoes for breakfast so these will be great either way (:

  45. Discovered this recipe on Pinterest and followed it here. I made this last week and my guests absolutely loved it. I have since been a regular to your blog and am amazed at all your delicious recipes. Keep up the good work!

  46. Grabbed this from pinterest and love it! Great idea for a tasty dip, can’t wait to wow everyone this summer :)

  47. Jennifer says:

    Made the ranch and tried to give it a Tex-Mex flavor. I added some cumin, lime juice, paprika and some piment d’espelette. We’re having it with tacos tonight, although it is so good I could just eat it with a spoon!

  48. Vanessa says:

    this looks amazing. i need to make this tonight!

    you could probably just put the avocado pit in the dip and the dip would stay green and not turn borwn!

    • The seed/pit keeping it from browning likely started because wherever the pit covers, the avocado dip doesn’t turn brown, but it’s really because it blocks the oxygen from oxidizing the fruit. :)

      Enjoy the dip. It’s one of our favorites. Have a wonderful weekend!

  49. I have made the dip a couple of times and get rave reviews. Thank you so much.

  50. I followed the recipe exactly and used the 2 types of potatoes you did here, and when I went to flip them, every single one stuck to the parchment paper. I’ve been baking for years and had a feeling they might stick, but tried this recipe.
    I tried it with 2 batches. BOth times, it stuck horribly and tore up the potatoes with no recovery.
    Suggestions?

  51. I have these in the oven right now. I just want to make sure it is bake and not broil. Thank you!

  52. Unique perspective. Thank you for writing that. I will definitely check here to read more and tell my people about it.

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