Recipe: Kale Chips with Cumin and Sea Salt

by JJ Virgin on August 14, 2016

You’re invited to a Star-Gazing Party! If you’re looking for a unique way to get together with friends and family or a super-romantic date, look no further than a picnic under the stars. Pack a basket full of tasty, nutritious food, and let the star-spotting begin.

Star-Gazing Party – Recipe #2 – Snack

Kale Chips with Cumin and Sea Salt


August 14, 2016

It almost feels like cheating to enjoy all the nutritious benefits of kale by snacking on these savory chips. The hint of spice gives them a fantastic flavor. Goodbye potatoes, hello healthy greens! (Remember, kale chips are best eaten the same day they're made, so don't bake them too far ahead.)

Virgin Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3
Sugar Impact Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 2-4 servings


1 kale (about 1 lb.) washed and thoroughly dried

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/8 tsp ground chipotle pepper


1Preheat the oven to 325F.

2Tear the kale into 1-1/2" pieces. Toss them in a large bowl with the oil, gently rubbing the leaves with your fingers to help spread the oil evenly.

3Add the cumin, salt, and chipotle pepper and toss well.

4Arrange the kale in a single layer on 2 large baking sheets. Bake 1 batch at a time until crisp, turning the leaves once, about 16-18 minutes.

5Allow the kale chips to cool on the baking sheet, then serve immediately.

This recipe is part of the Star-Gazing Party menu, with Taj's Chicken Tenders & BBQ Sauce, Kale Chips with Cumin and Sea Salt, Spiced Sweet Potato Fries, and Berries with Cacao-Nut Butter Spread. Check out the Star-Gazing Party Menu and Guide for links to all the recipes, plus more handy tips and activities for a wonderful picnic dinner under the stars!

Originally published in The Virgin Diet Cookbook, Grand Central Life & Style, 2014

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size6 ounces
Sodium172 milligrams
Protein3 grams
Sugar0 grams
Total Fat4 grams
Saturated Fat1 gram
Total Carbohydrates6 grams
Dietary Fiber1 gram

The first recipe in the Star-Gazing Party menu was yummy, gluten-free chicken tenders with BBQ sauce on the side. Enjoy crunchy kale chips with this recipe, then have a helping of Spiced Sweet Potato Fries, followed by Berries with Cacao-Nut Butter Spread. Crunchy, chewy, savory, sweet – it’s all the goodness and nutrition you need to watch the night sky for hours.

And to complete your Star-Gazing Party, don’t forget to check out our guide, with tips to make your star party a success. Learn everything you need to know, including how to pick a good spot for star-gazing, what essentials to pack, and how to make a quick and easy Star Wheel to help navigate your night sky. Get ready for a party that’s out of this world!