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Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

June 19, 2012

Kale chips are easily my favorite way to use up the leafy green. And when you are a member of a CSA (in Middle Tennessee at least) you’ve gotta learn how to use up kale real quick. The amount of greens that come in CSA’s around here are more than these two non-southerners can typically handle, so any way to disguise it into a more quickly edible way is okay by me.

The worst thing (if you can even consider it that) about these kale chips is the olive oil. Otherwise they are an amazingly healthy snack. Baked, still stock full of all those ever important nutrients and remarkably easy. While the different seasoning combos you can sprinkle on your chips are practically endless, I’m am pretty darn proud of this one.

On our recent Charleston adventure we stumbled into the Spice and Tea Exchange off of Market Street. Although certainly abit on the pricey side given its tourist friendly location, we were immediately impressed by finding many seasonings that we have never laid eyes on before. Blue cheese powder (that has since made some epic popcorn), a large array of delicious salts (truffle salt anyone?) and many more – but our favorite find was vinegar powder. Stick your nose in and it is more potent smelling than you would expect, but your mouth immediately begins to water. I’m a sucker for a good Salt & Vinegar chip, so I knew that this powder and I would make great friends.


1 bunch kale (any kind will do)
3-4 Tbs olive oil
vinegar powder

Preheat oven to 325. Wash the kale thoroughly to remove any dirt or sand and dry completely. Tear the leaves away from the stalk, leaving the leaves in large sized pieces. In a large bowl, toss the kale with enough olive oil to coat and a 2-3 pinches of salt. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and carefully lay the leaves out in a single layer. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the leaves are crispy and brittle. Keep a close eye on them after the 15 minute mark and carefully flip the leaves over if need be. Once they have crisped up, carefully remove from the baking sheet and into a serving bowl and sprinkle with an additional pinch of salt and a generous sprinkle of vinegar powder.

What is already a delicious, healthy, melt in your mouth snack takes on a whole new dimension with the additional of the vinegar powder. There will be no turning back. Enjoy!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 18, 2012 3:41 pm

    Love, love this recipe! What a great idea. I tried this last night and it was so good…and surprisingly filling. Thanks for sharing!

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