Perfect plastic-free snack: Vegetable medley with home-made salsa


Recently I somehow developed a craving for rice cakes. They are delicious with peanut butter and cucumber or peanut butter and honey (maybe these are weird combinations, I don’t know). Unfortunately for me, here in the Netherlands, it’s impossible to find rice cakes that do not come in plastic.

After I found myself shopping rice cakes on a Plastic-Free Tuesday (yes, I know… not good if you’re the founder of Plastic-Free Tuesday), I decided to try find an alternative for the rice cakes. While at it, I also decided to swap the peanut butter for something less calorie dense. Browsing my favorite Swedish vegetarian cookbook (simply titled “Vegetariska kokboken”), I ran into a salsa recipe that perfectly fit my low-calorie, plastic-free criteria.

This salsa is Very Easy to make, it’s healthy, plastic-free, very affordable, and delicious! Here comes the recipe. I use basil or cilantro, tomatoes, cucumber, and carrots from my own garden. The bell pepper, onion, chili pepper, lime, and garlic are from an organic supermarket. Spices such as cumin I get in bulk at a herbs and spices store in a city called Utrecht.


* 4 tomatoes
* 1 red bell pepper (seeds removed)
* about 1/4 red onion
* about 1/4 red chili pepper (seeds removed)
* 2 cloves of garlic
* 1 handful basil or cilantro leaves
* 2 tbs olive oil
* 1-2 tbs lime juice
* 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
* salt and pepper
* veggies for the vegetable platter (I like to use cucumber, carrot, bell pepper)


Wash the veggies. Pre-chop the ingredients into smaller bits. Add it all to a blender or food processor. Blend until you reach desired consistency. Ideally, the consistency is somewhere between having large chunks and being as smooth as a soup.


You can serve it right away with a vegetable platter or refrigerate so that the flavors mature and the salsa becomes even more delicious.

What’s your favorite plastic-free snack?

Happy Plastic-Free Tuesday!



About Author


In 2013, after reading yet another article about plastic soup, Annemieke started her Dutch blog Plasticminimalism where she documented her small steps towards life with less plastic. To create more awareness about the adverse impacts of our plastic consumption, she launched Plastic-Free Tuesday in spring 2014. She strongly believes that building a better world starts by changing our own behavior. Annemieke is trained in environmental science and policy. She alternates living in the Netherlands, Sweden, the US, and China.


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