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Roasted Kale Chips with Sea Salt and Vinegar

Roasted Kale Chips with Sea Salt and Vinegar are a deliciously healthy way to eat your greens, and these tasty kale chips are vegan, low-carb, gluten-free, South Beach Diet Phase One, Paleo, and Whole 30! And I make them in a toaster oven when it’s too hot to use the oven.

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Roasted Kale Chips with Sea Salt and Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.comCountless other food bloggers have started out their post on kale chips saying “Why did it take me so long to make kale chips?” so I’ll spare you that lament and just say that now that I’ve finally made roasted kale chips myself, I certainly see what all the fuss is about. Not only are they full of nutritious goodness, but these Roasted Kale Chips with Sea Salt and Vinegar are delicious. If you don’t believe these roasted crispy kale leaves can be that special, just check my list after the recipe to see how many other bloggers have raved about them.

When I finally decided I had to try making kale chips myself, I found there were endless variations on the recipe, with different cooking times and slightly different methods. I can be rather a perfectionist, so I had to test 6 slightly different versions before I came up with the recipe I liked best, where the kale chips are roasted for a longer time at a fairly low temperature.

I wanted to make salt and vinegar chips, since those are some of my favorite flavors, and I found I liked the kale best when the salt was added after roasting. I didn’t think my final kale chips were my most photogenic batch, and I don’t know if adding the vinegar made the kale chips turn more brown, but I didn’t care how photogenic they were because I loved the taste. Anyway, there is certainly no one perfect way to make kale chips, but this is how I did it.

Roasted Kale Chips with Sea Salt and Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.comStart with a lovely bunch of curly kale. This was about six ounces, and since I was roasting it in my toaster oven (before the new stove arrived) that was just the right amount to fit on a small cookie sheet.

Roasted Kale Chips with Sea Salt and Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.comCut away the inner ribs and discard, and then tear the kale leaves into same-size pieces. (I made my pieces about the size of a small potato chip.)

Roasted Kale Chips with Sea Salt and Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.comHere’s how many pieces I got from the 6 oz. bunch of kale in the top photo.

Roasted Kale Chips with Sea Salt and Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.comI washed my kale in a salad spinner, and then spun it dry over and over, until the leaves were dry. If you don’t have a salad spinner, I’d use paper towels to dry the leaves.

Roasted Kale Chips with Sea Salt and Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.comI used olive oil, Spanish sherry vinegar, and sea salt to flavor the chips, but I think any type of salt and vinegar that you like the flavor of would be fine.

Roasted Kale Chips with Sea Salt and Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.comI wanted to “massage” the kale leaves with olive oil to be sure they were well-coated, so I put the chips into a Ziploc bag, added half the olive oil, squished it around, added the rest of the oil, and then massaged some more.

Roasted Kale Chips with Sea Salt and Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.comThen I sprinkled in the vinegar, closed the bag, and shook it until the drops of vinegar were well-distributed on the kale pieces.

Roasted Kale Chips with Sea Salt and Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.comIn all the directions, probably the most important thing is to arrange the kale pieces in a single layer on the pan so they aren’t crowded when they cook. Here are my kale pieces when they started out in the 300F/150C oven.

Roasted Kale Chips with Sea Salt and Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.comHere are the chips after they roasted for 10 minutes.

Roasted Kale Chips with Sea Salt and Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.comThis is how they looked after 20 minutes.

Roasted Kale Chips with Sea Salt and Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.comA little more crispy after 30 minutes.

Roasted Kale Chips with Sea Salt and Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.comI let them cook five minutes more for a total of 35 minutes roasting time. Sprinkle with sea salt and eat immediately!

Roasted Kale Chips with Sea Salt and Vinegar
(Makes 2-3 servings of kale chips, recipe adapted by Kalyn with inspiration from many other bloggers who also made kale chips.)

one small bunch of kale, about 6 oz.
1 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 T vinegar (I used Spanish sherry vinegar, but any vinegar you like the flavor of will work)
sea salt to taste

Preheat oven to 300F/150C.

Cut away inner ribs from each kale leaf and discard, then tear the kale leaves into same-size pieces. (I made my pieces about the size of a small potato chip.) Wash torn kale pieces and spin dry in a salad spinner or dry with paper towels until they’re very dry.

Put kale pieces into a large Ziploc bag (or use a bowl if you don’t mind getting your hands oily.) Add half of the 1 T of olive oil, seal bag, and squeeze the bag so the oil gets distributed evenly on the kale pieces. Add the other half tablespoon of oil and squeeze the bag more, until all kale pieces are evenly coated with oil and slightly “massaged.”

Open the Ziploc bag and sprinkle the 1 T sherry vinegar over the kale leaves, then seal bag and shake to spread the vinegar out over all the leaves.

Arrange kale leaves in a single layer on a baking sheet, then roast until they are mostly crisp, about 35 minutes. I checked every 10 minutes or so and turned some pieces over. I also found I didn’t mind if there were a few softer parts on some of the kale leaves, I liked the combination of crisp and softer parts.

When chips are done to your liking, sprinkle with a generous amount of sea salt and eat immediately.

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South Beach Diet / Low-Carb Diet Suggestions:

Dark leafy greens have more nutrition per calorie than any other food source, and these roasted kale chips are a perfect snack for any phase of the South Beach Diet or any type of low-glycemic or low-carb eating plan.

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Dehydrated Kale and Kale Round-up from I Heart Kale

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Roasted Kale from Frugal Cooking

Kale Chips Rule from Carrots and Cake

Kale Chips from Woman with a Whisk

Have You Made Kale Chips and Written About it?

It became obvious that I’d never be able to list every blogger who’s made kale chips and written about them, but if I missed you and you’ve posted a version of kale chips, please share a link to your post in the comments so we can see all the great kale chips variations that people have come up with.
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86 comments on “Roasted Kale Chips with Sea Salt and Vinegar”

  1. These were phenomenal – what an amazing recipe. I am on day 8 of South Beach and made these this afternoon. They were so fabulous and my KIDS ate some too!! I never would have guessed kale chips could taste so good. I made a couple of your other south beach recipes over the weekend – fantastic!!!

  2. Crafty Mom, so glad you're enjoying the recipes.

  3. I made my first batch of kale chips today, we grow a ton of kale and sell it at a local farmers market. A customer gave me her method.. and I looked up a bunch of variations online before I tried mine.
    Vinegar is definitely a must with greens, I used a balsamic syrup.. which added a sweetness and stuck to the chips. 15 minutes at 350 gave me good results. I can't believe how good they were. Thanks for the tips!

  4. Mainemomma, love the idea of using balsamic syrup on these. Sounds like I should try a higher temperature and see how I like it.

  5. I made these with the first of a winters-worth of CSA kale tonight. I've found a new midnight snack — and it's got nutritional value. Score! 🙂

  6. Dolores, so glad you liked it.

  7. I love these chips. What is the best way to store them to eat later? So the crispiness stays for longer.
    Mary..

  8. Mary, I'm not sure there is a way to keep them crisp for later. If so, I don't know what it is because I haven't tried storing them.

  9. Omg, I absolutely LOVE these! Thanks so much for your recipes Kalyn. I don't think I could survive South Beach without you! May I share this recipe on my blog, as long as I link back to your page? Forgive me if this is improper. I'm new at blogging and am not sure of the etiquette. This is my blog: http://savevsdeath.worldofazolin.com/

  10. Takeelah, I'm glad to know you're enjoying the blog. I'm not sure what you mean by "share" this recipe. I don't permit people to cut and paste my recipes and photos together and post them in other places (most bloggers don't allow that.) However you're welcome to re-write the recipe in your own words and post it with your own photo. You can also use a thumbnail of my photo and post it with a link to the recipe, as long as the recipe is not re-posted with the photo.

    Thanks for asking!

  11. OMG yum. I did 1 tsp vinegar, 1/2 tsp olive oil. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, salt and serve. Delish!

    (Next time I'm going to mix the oil & vinegar with a little sriracha before mixing with the kale.)

    Another winner K 🙂

  12. Erika, I just love the idea of a touch of Sriracha in this! Glad you liked it.

  13. I LOVE kale and eat it several times a week. I had yet to try kale chips and after seeing this recipe with the vinegar I had to try it. I followed the recipe exactly. I am very disappointed to say I don't think I will ever try kale chips again. I don't think it is has anything to do with the recipe though .. maybe just my taste buds! All I can taste and smell is burnt cabbage and they weren't burnt. It looks like I am alone in that thought unless other people just don't post their dislikes. Sorry .. at least I can say I tried them though.

  14. Anonymous, I do think the timing of them is rather tricky, and they can quite easily get overdone, I only enjoy them when they still have a bit of chewiness. No worries though; maybe they just aren't for you.

  15. This is one bandwagon I need to hop onto. And how exciting that the L.A. Times linked to your recipe and featured one of your great photos!

  16. Thanks Lisa, and yes I was definitely excited to have it featured in the LA Times. Here is that link for Kalyn's Kale Chips at L.A. Times online if anyone wants to see it!

  17. I just recently made these kale chips and linked back to your blog post, thanks for the inspiration!

    http://farrensquare.blogspot.com/2011/03/rookie-cooking-kale-chips.html

  18. A long overdue thank you for including me in your list of folks who have included kale chip recipes on their blog. (In my case, my very first blog entry, perhaps not surprising given its name).

    I stumbled on your post as I looked for links to send a friend who wants to make her own baked kale. My, does she have a lot of variations on a theme to choose from.

  19. Sarah, my pleasure. Isn't it fun to see all the kale chips variations?

  20. I just made these and they were delicious! I used cavolo nero ( which seems to be the only kale I've been able to find in Australia) and gobbled them all up. The best way and the only way I'll be eating it from now on.

  21. Sabrina, so glad you enjoyed them!

  22. Oh, Kale! What's not to love? But I also make chips from large spinach leaves (baby spinach just shatters!) and swiss chard, mustard greens, collards, beet greens, radicchio…..

    My favorite kale recipe though has got to be with 5 spice powder and soy sauce & olive oil… sigh! Gonna have to make some tonight!

  23. Here's the more accurate link to my recipe:

    http://coxfitzchronicles.com/?p=2072

    (The link I posted prior was my general blog link by mistake.)

    Thanks!
    Christina

  24. Thanks Christina! I deleted the old comment so people don't get mixed up.

  25. Thanks for the idea to cook them longer at a lower temp—I usually do the opposite. It's also key to roast kale when it's very fresh—once it's a bit old, it will taste bitter when roasted.

    • Have you eaten kale before? I am guessing it's the bitterness of the kale you're tasting. It's an acquired taste for sure, but that's how it should taste. You could try a milder type of greens like collards.

  26. does anyone think there is a weird after taste? is there a way to eliminate it?

  27. I've never heard of kale chips. LOL. I have a garden this year (square foot raised beds with about 300 squares) and we have 6 squares with Kale. I found this hunting down recipes for my beautiful kale. It looks interesting. I'd like to make this as a side dish rather than a snack. What do you think would go well with it? Thanks for your awesome blog! I send people links to your website ALL THE TIME!!!

  28. Have fun with the garden! Really I think this would go with just about anything except maybe things with really strong flavors.

  29. I made these and my husband made a face (that face that says, are you kidding me?) but they were so easy and so delicious! feels like eating potato chips!

  30. I linked your site to my blog post "What the Kale?" Your site convinced me to stick that stuff in the oven and try it. Thank you!

  31. I've made kale chips before! I've never tried it with vinegar before. I have a bag of kale in the fridge that I'm tempted to try this right now!

    That's my simple kale chip recipe:

    http://epichealthnut.blogspot.com/2013/05/summer-snackin-on-kale.html

    Thank you for sharing your kale chips recipe. I'm excited to try it out. I like your spreading the olive oil on it method.

  32. I love kale chips. This is my first try at a real "flavor". I tried it with garlic infused rice wine vinegar and you couldn't taste the vinegar 🙁 I'm not sure if that was because of my choice in vinegars.

  33. I think rice vinegar is much milder in flavor than the one I used.

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