DIY Olive Oil, Sea Salt, and Kale Chips

Craving something crunchy? Want to get more greens in your diet, but bored with salads? You won’t believe how easy it is to whip up a batch of kale chips. Kale is a leafy-green, cruciferous veggie that’s packed full of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber. Research has shown that kale contains anti-inflammatory nutrients, antioxidants, and anti-cancer nutrients, so this is one guilt-free snack.

DIY Olive Oil, Sea Salt, and Kale Chips

No measurements are needed in this simple chip recipe. In fact, you can do it in six lightening-fast steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Wash and dry one bunch of kale.
  3. Chop or rip the kale into bite-size pieces, removing the tough stems as you go.
  4. In a large bowl, toss the kale pieces with a few drizzles of olive oil and a few shakes of your favorite sea salt.
  5. Spread the kale pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 10-20 minutes until kale is crisp but not browned. (Keep an eye on your chips—they taste best when they’re still dark green. Burnt kale has a pretty unpleasant flavor, believe it or not!)

Olive oil and sea salt not doing it for you? You can flavor these chips any way you want, just like regular potato chips. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Salt-n-pepper chips: toss a half-teaspoon of pepper in with the raw kale pieces.
  2. Spicy chips: throw a few shakes of red pepper flakes into the bowl before baking.
  3. Garlic Parmesan chips: toss a half-teaspoon of garlic in with the raw kale pieces, then sprinkle a generous helping of freshly-grated Parmesan cheese over the chips after they’ve baked.
  4. Asian-inspired chips: replace the olive oil with a splash of soy sauce and a drizzle of sesame oil.
  5. Bright lemon chips: Squeeze half a lemon over the raw kale pieces after you’ve mixed in the olive oil and sea salt.

How did your kale chips turn out?

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