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It's Easy Eating Green, with Kale Chips

By JulieVR |

I’ll admit it: kale chips changed my life. Although I do like greens, I don’t eat enough of them. Kale is the harshest of the lot; tougher than chard and spinach, it’s tough to take raw, sucking the moisture out of your mouth if you chew on a leaf straight-up. It’s like, yes – you’re green. You’re good for me. I get it – point taken. Kale is great chopped and wilted into soups, and can withstand a hot skillet or a braise, but beyond that it hasn’t quite earned a regular spot on our market list. Until a few years ago, when a gardener helping us with our container garden tipped us off about kale chips. “They’re as good as potato chips,” she told me. Yeah right. Turns out, they were a revelation.

To make chips, tear kale into bite-sized pieces (make sure it’s dry or it won’t crisp up,) toss about in some canola or olive oil, sprinkle with salt and roast until crispy and golden and they smell like popcorn, taste like nutty chips, shattering in your mouth, with none of the tough chew I generally associate with kale. I love it. Now I buy a bunch every chance I get, and most often it’s turned into a batch of chips I can easily down by myself. They aren’t strong enough to withstand dips, but their ruffled edges make them an appealing-looking bowlful of salty snack. Try them – they’ll change your life too. I now look forward to eating more greens.

Kale Chips

1 bunch kale
canola or olive oil, for cooking
good-quality coarse salt

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Wash kale and dry it in a salad spinner or between tea towels. (Extra moisture will keep them from getting nice and crispy.) Cut or pull out the tough stems, tear the leaves into chip-sized pieces and spread out on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and toss with your hands to coat well; arrange in a single layer and sprinkle with salt.

Roast for about 10 minutes, until crispy and starting to turn brown on the edges, but not too dark. Serve immediately or cool completely and store in an airtight container until ready to serve. Serves 6.

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Julie Van Rosendaal is the author of five best-selling cookbooks, food editor of Parents Canada magazine, a CBC Radio columnist and a freelance writer. Her award-winning blog, Dinner with Julie documents life in her home kitchen in Canada with her husband and 7-year-old son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Julie's latest posts →

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23 thoughts on “It's Easy Eating Green, with Kale Chips

  1. Lily says:

    Could you do this with seaweed?

  2. Shannon says:

    The only thing I would recommend is to watch it CLOSELY. It can burn VERY easily, and then it is absolutely terrible. When I made mine last summer with our farm-share kale, the first time I followed a recipe that said 8 minutes, and it burned to a crisp. After that I did about 5 minutes. I can’t recall the temp right now; it may have been higher than 400 degrees, but just keep in mind that your oven may run hot and you just really need to keep an eye on your batch of kale chips to make sure they come out roasted and tasty rather than charred.

  3. Lorraine says:

    ooooohh… can’t wait to try this.

  4. Erin B says:

    Seems to me these would be perfect with Hummus.

  5. Ashley says:

    Turner has totally mastered what we call “crispy kale” since we started the Institutes program. It has SAVED us. Awesome that you’re spreading the word. Go JVR!

  6. Anna@www.tallgrasskitchen.com says:

    Yummy – we make these quite a bit. I like the smoother lacianato kale (dinosaur kale). Last time I used a bit of Lawry’s seasoning instead of salt – it was good!

  7. JulieVR says:

    Lily – I don’t see why not, although I haven’t tried it myself!
    Erin – they would be, but they are far too delicate to be able to scoop dips – kale chips are thin, crisp and shatter in your mouth – and sometimes to the touch!

  8. Janna M says:

    If you say they are better than potato chips I will have to try them. Do they keep?

  9. One Hungry Mama says:

    I love kale chips. These are great. Some (understandably) think perfect. If you like a little tang, though, as I do, try tossing the kale with a little vinegar, too. That’s how I love ‘em. http://onehungrymama.com/2009/03/kale-chips/

    Either way, totally delicious! Thanks for the reminder to make a batch!

  10. JulieVR says:

    Keep? I wouldn’t know…
    BETTER than potato chips might be a stretch for some potato chip fans! But I like them as much. And of course they’re far better for you!

  11. Valerie says:

    I’ve seen bags of kale chips for sale at the natural market so I think if you keep them in a sealed container, they should keep.

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  13. Cate says:

    Aaack… mine did not work… edges burnt and the rest of the leaf was soggy. Any ideas? Poorly calibrated oven? (Wouldn’t shock me). The few that did crisp up were yummy though.

  14. Jasmine says:

    I made these and they were really good. My husband said, ‘this is some crazy molecular gastronomy” the way the texture totally changed in only 8 minutes of baking! My 2 year old even had some… not a lot, but some.

  15. Corinne says:

    Preheat oven? What oven? I don’t have an oven!

  16. Liz Slater says:

    I’ve tried to save them and mine got limp. If anyone else has found a way to keep them, PLEASE SHARE!

  17. JulieVR says:

    Unfortunately they don’t keep.. I’ve never found a way to keep them crispy!

  18. Michelle says:

    Kale is a staple in my kitchen and I find a way to eat it daily. I’ve never tried this until today (surprising since I roast most veggies!) These are AWESOME! I laughed when I read about keeping them b/c they were GONE so fast I didn’t have to think about keeping them. I followed the directions exactly and they came out perfect. I can’t wait to try this with lacianato kale. Thank you so much for this idea.

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  23. Yusuf says:

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