If you’re looking for a creative twist on a classic vegetable, try these Zucchini Chips with Ranch Mayo Dip. Loaded with spices, these chips make a healthy snack, appetizer, or side dish!
**July 2017 Update!** This recipe was originally posted in June 2014. I decided that the photos desperately needed updating, so I reshot the recipe (but still kept the ingredient list and directions the same). I also kept the original post/story below that I wrote three summers ago!**
Last weekend, the hubster and I broke out our bicycles to enjoy the beautiful summer weather. After washing them down and checking to make sure there was enough air in the tires, we hopped on our bikes and began the ride through our neighborhood. It felt so good to be in the fresh air, with the sun streaming down on us.
And I had forgotten how much I liked riding a bike! Don’t judge me, but it’s probably been at least three years since I last rode my bike. Crazy, right?! Well this summer, I made a pact with myself to get out and ride more. Great exercise, sunshine, and just plain ‘ole fun!
After about an hour ride, we parked our bikes in the garage and came in to cool down. Man, that was hard work! We found a trail by our house that we explored, hills and all. Definitely a good workout, especially because of my lack of bike riding! With our exercise out of the way, we were hungry. Very hungry! But we wanted something healthy, a snack that wouldn’t undo our workout.
While the hubster contemplated a sandwich or leftovers from the night before, I immediately spotted some zucchini on the counter. But before I go into my recipe, I will admit that I’m not the biggest zucchini fan on the block. I like it mixed in with a casserole or as a roasted vegetable, but eating it plain just doesn’t do it for me. Are you like that, too?
So now you’re probably thinking, “Why on earth did you buy zucchini, Gayle?” Because I desperately want to jump onto the zucchini bandwagon! Everyone talks about how good it is, and how versatile it can be….have you seen pasta made from zucchini ribbons? What a brilliant idea!
So I wanted to give it the good ‘ole college try and test out the vegetable again. But I couldn’t bring myself to just slice it up and eat it. Nope, that would be too boring! Plus, it probably wouldn’t convert me to a zucchini-lover. So after hemming and hawing about what to do with my two zucchinis, the perfect idea popped into my head.
Ready for it?
Zucchini Chips with Ranch Mayo Dip! It sounds easy enough…slice some zucchinis, throw in some spices, and bake in the oven! I think it would fuel my love of zucchinis and keep my post-workout food healthy-ish.
Since I don’t have a mandolin slicer, I sliced two zucchinis into thin discs by using a sharp knife. It worked out perfectly, too…the zucchinis were easy to cut into and ready to be seasoned in about five minutes total.
After they were sliced, I tossed the zucchinis in a bowl with some olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. My combination of the perfect seasoning!
Just in case you haven’t noticed, I’m a huge garlic fan. After all, everything is better with garlic, right? After the zucchinis were seasoned, I spread them out in a single layer on a baking tray lined with a silpat mat and popped them into the oven.
While the zucchini chips were baking (and making my kitchen smell delicious), I prepared my quick and easy Ranch Mayo Dip. I combined ¼ cup of regular mayonnaise with two tablespoons of Ranch dressing mix. That’s all there is to this tasty dip! When the zucchini chips were crisp and golden, I removed from the oven and let cool for about ten minutes on the baking tray.
Then it was snack time!
I eagerly grabbed a zucchini chip and dunked into the Ranch Mayo Dip. And let me just say it was zucchini perfection! The zucchinis baked up golden and crisp, with a nice seasoned coating. And the dip complimented the zucchini, accenting their seasonings. I was addicted to these chips. And since they’re on the healthy side, I didn’t feel guilty about eating a handful or two as a snack.
So if you’re like me and are weary of eating zucchinis, or are looking for a new twist on a classic vegetable, why not try these Zucchini Chips with Ranch Mayo Dip? I guarantee you’ll love the crispy chip, paired with a zesty dip.
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Zucchini Chips with Ranch Mayo Dip
- 2 medium zucchini
- 2 egg whites
- ½ cup Italian breadcrumbs
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Ranch Mayo dip
- ¼ cup mayonnaise I used regular, but any kind will do
- ½ tablespoon dry Ranch dressing mix
- Preheat oven to 425F. Line a large baking tray with a silpat baking mat, parchment paper, or non-stick cooking spray.
- Cut each zucchini into thin discs. Set aside.
- In small bowl, whisk together egg whites until frothy. Set aside.
- In another bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, garlic powder, oregano, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Stir until mixed well.
- Working one a a time, take a zucchini thin, dip into egg whites, making sure to cover entirely. Then dip into bread crumb mixture. Place zucchini on prepared baking pan. Repeat with each zucchini disc until all are coated.
- Bake for about 28-30 minutes, or until zucchini chips turn golden brown and have a nice crust. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes on baking tray. Then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
- While zucchini chips are baking, prepare Ranch Mayo Dip. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and Ranch dressing mix and stir well. Refrigerate until ready to eat.