Sunday, September 11, 2011

Kale Chips

I've always wanted to try kale chips, so when I saw bunches for sale at my local farmers market, I jumped at the chance to try it.   I wasn't really sure what to expect.  Generally when any type of leafy vegetable gets warm, it wilts.  I was pleasantly surprised when the kale did in fact crisp up in the oven almost immediately.  While these don't hold a candle to starch based chips, they were a good snack to fulfill my craving for something crunchy/salty.

- 1 bunch kale
- 1 tsp olive oil*
- sprinkle of course salt

* the olive oil amount depends entirely on how big your bunch of kale is.  I coat it as little as possible - just enough so it doesn't stick to the pan and so crisps up nicely. 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Wash kale and pat dry.  Break kale leafs into bite sized pieces.  Toss with olive oil and salt, then spread kale out in a single layer onto a baking sheet (I like to line mine with parchment paper first but it's not necessary).

Bake in pre-heated oven for approximately 10-15 minutes until kale is crispy and edges are slightly brown.  I usually check it once about half way through and move around the pieces to ensure they cook evenly. 



  1. yum yum yum I love home made kale chips. I also like adding a splash of fresh lemon to them too!

  2. I salt mine before putting them in the oven. The salt sticks to the olive oil. NUM.

    1. I am making a sesame batch right now - I tried salting beforehand, thanks for the tip :)

  3. We love these at my house!! Trader Joe's sells a bag of Kale already cleaned and cut to perfect "chip" sizes for $2 or $3. We added fresh grated Parmesan and garlic salt to ours and it is a HUGE hit in my household, even the kids LOVE them!

    1. Yum - I will have to try that! We don't have Trader Joe's here in Canada but that sounds really cool!


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