Kale Chips

In the summer, I love to visit my local farm markets for fresh produce. This week – kale. I’ve been wanting to make kale chips instead of my usual recipes for soup or wilted greens.

I love potato chips, probably for the salty goodness. Hoping for a healthy alternative, I ventured into the kitchen to make these green chips.

It’s really a fast fix. The most work is cleaning and drying the kale. Once that’s done, it comes together in minutes.

Try making a batch of these. Maybe your family will reach for this healthy snack instead of the usual greasy chip snacks.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 head kale or 1 large bunch, washed and thoroughly dried
  • 2-6 tablespoons olive oil (drizzle liberally)
  • 1 teaspoon smoky or spanish paprika (optional)
  • Sea salt, enough to sprinkle liberally

Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Remove the ribs from the kale and tear into 2-4 inch pieces.

Lay on a baking sheet, drizzle and toss with the olive oil, salt and paprika (if desired).

Bake until crisp, about 20 minutes.

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Serve as finger food.

Optional (less healthy!) serving suggestion – kicked-up mayonnaise for dipping:

1 cup olive oil mayonnaise or regular mayonnaise
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper to taste

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