Healthy Snacks: Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips

Not to overdo the whole New Year's resolution thing, but it can be challenging finding healthy snacks that fit into your "healthier eating" resolution. I'm a salt girl - I looooove salty, savory snacks, especially chips. Which is why I don't keep them in my house - salt and vinegar chips are my Kryptonite (right up there with tartar sauce). In an attempt to find a healthier alternative, something salty and crispy and satisfying, I decided to try making some kale chips. A friend suggested I try them - with my love for crispy blackened Brussels sprouts, she figured I'd also enjoy some crispy baked greens. So when I saw a bag of pre-washed, pre-chopped kale at the store, I picked up a few bags, and came up with this salty, crispy, crunchy treat - kale chips!

Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips

adapted from all the other kale chips recipes on the web

serves 2-3

Ingredients:

  • about 6 ounces of washed, trimmed, chopped kale leaves
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • kosher salt to taste
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Place kale in a large bowl; drizzle olive oil over kale, and using hands, toss oil with kale until all the leaves are evenly coated. Drizzle vinegar over kale and toss with hands to coat the leaves.
  3. Spread kale leaves evenly in one layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15-25 minutes, shaking the pan now and then and checking to be sure the leaves are crisping up the way you'd like. I like mine really crispy, but if you prefer a less blackened chip, take your kale out earlier.
  4. Transfer kale to a bowl, and sprinkle with kosher salt to taste (start with about 1/4 tsp and work from there). Devour!

A quick note - eat these the same day you make them. We ate most of them, but I wanted to see what would happen if I attempted to store some overnight - I put the chips in a brown paper bag and left it on the counter. The next day I came back to a kinda soggy, kinda oily kale situation - not the crispy, salty chips I'd enjoy the day before. So I'd suggest making only what you'll eat that day. 

 

 

 

 

You may notice that I attempted to line my pan with parchment paper to cut down on the cleanup afterward - it was an exercise in futility. Your pan is going to get oily, so there's no reason to waste the parchment paper for this recipe. 

 

 

 

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Comments

These look absolutely delicious! I'm definitely going to be trying these! Great pictures!

I love kale chips and they are really good with spicy paprika too!

Thank you, mjskit! Let me know how they turn out if you try them. Sylvia - spicy paprika is a good idea. Anything spicy is good in my book!

Thanks for sharing this great recipe... I snack so often I'm trying to find some more healthy options. I agree with the other comments that a little spice would go a long way in the recipe, maybe I'll try with and without. I might even throw a little flavored popcorn on the side and have a double snack! If it's movie time, that's a definite.

A friend suggested I try them - with my love for crispy blackened Brussels sprouts, she figured I'd also enjoy some crispy baked greens. In an attempt to find a healthier alternative, something salty and crispy and satisfying, I decided to try making some kale chips.

I was raised by Irish Borne and Hungarian Immigrant In one respect my Grandpa was a Hungarian pastry Chef at the Waldorf i would fold filo dough as a little boy after school on a big ice cold marble table after school, My Mom Bless her heart survived the potatoes famine family of 12 boys 3 girls, But every potato bloody turnip, green, Brussels sprouts, were boiled to a tepid level of goo and muck..ughhhh then came the cabbage and the corn-beef on the window sill stinking up there entire apartment so my Grandpas Hungarian (heathen' ways) were my only salvation i became a Green hater.....then he passed and it boiled Irish muck and mire for for 40 bloody years, THEN Baked KALE!
It was I could hear Angels Singing when I eat my first piece, and bright White Light followed and I've been saved ever since...

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