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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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More and More and More Bloggers Made Kale Chips!
Roasted Kale Chips from Eat Real

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Baked Crispy Kale from Steamy Kitchen

How to Make Kale Chips (video) from Dani Spies

Acorn Squash Soup with Roasted Kale Chips from Not Eating Out in New York

Baked Kale Crisps from Once Upon a Plate

Baked Kale Chips from Chez Us

Crispy Salty Kale Chips from A Veggie Venture

Baked Kale Chips from Shutterbean

Kale Chips from Food Loves Writing

Roasted Kale from Lettuce Eat Kale

Dehydrated Kale and Kale Round-up from I Heart Kale

Baked Kale Chips from Tinkering with Dinner

Kale Chips from The Kitchn

Baked Kale Chips from The Arugula Files

Kale Chips from Dishing Up Delights

Kale Chips from Local Forage

Nutrient Dense Delicious Kale Chips from the Omnivore’s Solution

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. Yes! I recently joined the kale chip fan club too! Aren't they so delicious? And healthy too!!!

  2. I'm just so in love with these! I never make less than a pound of kale at a time because my kids will fight for the bowl of chips ~ and they are teenagers. I'll even make these for their friends . . . they always disappear. I'm thinking about putting in a kale bed this spring just to keep us supplied!

    Your pics do these wonderful chips justice ~ delicious! And thanks so much for giving my post a shout-out!

    Cheers,
    Sandy of Eat Real

  3. Sarah, I had never thought of making this with Red Russian Kale (which is going to be in my garden this year for sure!) Great idea, thanks for sharing.

  4. My farmer cousin advised me on making this a few years ago — I called it Crispy Roasted Kale and we really liked it. For ours, we use Russian Kale, which my family enjoys best. If you do it in a 400 degree oven with no overlap, it's done in about 15 minutes…

    Mmm.

    Here's my version: http://sarahscucinabella.com/2008/08/12/crispy-roasted-kale/

  5. I have tried these before without the vinegar and they were bitter. I'm anxious to try them again with your recipe. I love the salt and vinegar combination.

  6. I have seen so soo many recipes for kale chips! Ive always been nervous to make then, im definitely going to make them soon! They look delicious though!

    Im new to blogging check out my blog if you have a chance. http://www.youruniqueyoumyuniqueme.com [im also having a give away!]

  7. Oh. My. God.

    Perfect for leftover Kale, too!

    I hadn't heard of this, and I can not wait to try it! I'm going to try malt vinegar… YUM!

  8. I've been meaning to make these forever (because I see them about once a week on tastespotting) and actually had them on my menu plan a week or two ago but never got to it… now I HAVE to do it this weekend. I love the addition of vinegar, I don't think I've seen anyone else do that 😀

  9. Did someone say salt and vinegar? That flavor combination is my favorite on chips. I, too, have seen all of the raves by various food bloggers about kale chips, but haven't tried them myself. Now you have made me terribly curious!

  10. It's great to see the step-by-step photos, since I've had a little trouble getting my head around making kale chips. I will put this on my list, especially as the "kalestrom" begins with the new growing season.

  11. I love kale chips too!!!
    Here's my post on them with my recipe:

    http://askgeorgie.com/?p=1754

    Keep up the great work Kalyn!

    Georgie Fear RD

  12. I made kale chips, but for some reason have not posted about it (yet). I followed Jaden's recipe and found that some of my leaves were a bit soggy after cooking the suggested time (12-22 minutes)at 350. So, I let them cook longer in a turned off oven and they dried out nicely without turning brown. I think your idea of the longer cooking time and lower temperature is a good one, and I also want to try adding the vinegar. My husband turned up his nose at first when I served this, but then he was fighting me over the last pieces!

  13. Love Kale. Can't seem to find it in New Zealand though.

  14. I made them for the first time this week too — and I also see what all the hooplah is about. Good tasting and good for you.

  15. I make them too, and I love them. They always feel like too good to be true.

    I will have to try at a lower temperature and longer cooking next time!

  16. I have been seeing this roasted kale chips recipe so many times, and I was intrigued but never enough to try to make it myself (I don't know, I guess the same feeling of what the fuss is about) but now seeing it again on your blog has tipped me over to the point of picking up kale soon to make these. They look delicious.

  17. I haven't blogged about making kale chips, but I have Tweeted about it. A lot! Just ask @chezus and @wearsmanyhats – we were like the kale-chip gospel! I have made these oodles of times – and found that my favorite type of kale to use is what my farmer calls "dinosaur" kale. It probably has a fancier and more scientific name, but that's how we have come to know it. The leaves are a little thicker and roast beautifully. I'd imagine that I'd be able to afford the new camera lens I've been eyeing if I earned commission on helping my farmer sell his kale for chips at the farmer's market 🙂

  18. Melissa, thanks so much, and thanks for sharing your kale chips. Going to check them out now.

    Lydia, I promise you will like them! They aren't even a tiny bit bitter. So tasty.

  19. Now I'm off to the market to buy kale! After reading several posts in the past few days about these chips, your post and gorgeous photos have put me over the edge and I'm developing a real craving. I'm only afraid that I will fall in love with them and eat them all before anyone else has a chance to share!

  20. I'm an everyday reader of your blog. Thank you SO much for the wonderful writing and excellent recipes.

    I recently tried kale chips (and fell in love with them, too) on a menu my husband and I call "Dinner and a Movie." Every Sunday, we pick a movie and new recipes to make sure we start the week right.

    Here's my kale chip recipe, along with "Meatza Pie."

    http://theclothesmakethegirl.blogspot.com/2010/02/dinner-and-movie-meatza-pie-and.html