Olive oil kale chips


There are lots of kale chips recipes out there.  This is the basic one I use.  If you like the flavor of kale, you’ll like these chips.  If you’re looking to mask it’s green Earthy flavor a bit, you should probably look for a recipe that has a more cheesy coating (usually the best ones involve cashews and nutritional yeast). 

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  • kale
  • olive oil
  • salt


Wash, de-stem and tear kale into pieces.  Put the kale into a big mixing bowl and add olive oil and salt.  Massage the kale with your hands until
everything is well coated.  Place the lubricated kale on sprayed baking sheet. 
Bake for 15 minutes on 350 degrees.  Watch carefully so they don’t burn.  Enjoy 🙂


I didn’t measure anything.  Any excess olive oil will just remain in the bottom of the bowl. 

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Left: pre-oven.  Right: post-bake. 

Let them sit after they come out of the oven. 


If you don’t eat them all immediately, store them in an air tight container.  They will last about a week.  I didn’t refrigerate mine and they stayed crisp for ~5 days.  They tend to get softer by the end of a week.


Crush them up and add them to your salad for a yummy topping.  Or just enjoy plain.


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Comments (17)

  1. Kamaile

    My Kyle and I make kale chips everyday, same recipe but I sprinkler lemon pepper on top! I never have any to save! 🙂

  2. Courtney

    I am surprised your kale chips last 5+ days! Mine disappear the day they are made… 😉


  3. Samuel

    Kale is my favorite. I have a few I Heart Kale tshirts. My recipe is basically the same but I go ahead and a little bit of garlic salt instead of regular salt. And sometimes I sprinkle a little tabasco sauce in the mixing phase. Adds a nice kick. Thank you for posting about Kale. Not a lot of carnivores even know what kale is Haha Rawr!

  4. cristi

    less is more when it comes to salt…my first batch was waaaaaaaaay too salty.

  5. Jessica

    This seems like the perfect way to get kids who don’t like eating greens, but loove eating crispy chips to actually eat greens.
    OK not just kids. I’m definitely included in that category ahaha
    thank you for the recipe.

  6. BroccoliHut

    Delish! I happen to love the natural flavor of kale so this recipe sounds pretty awesome to me. Some of the premise kale chips I’ve tried have so much flavoring that they kind of font taste like kale anymore.

  7. Erin

    I mean why complicate a good thing!

    Lasting for a few days = big hilarity

  8. Ammie

    I can’t get enough Kale in me these days!! I like to make my kale chips with the garlic infused olive oil from Trader Joe’s….yum. Sometimes, I get so impatient while they’re baking & end up pulling the kale out of the oven too soon. It makes for an awesome, chewy, base that I like to usually add cooked grains, hummus, an egg, and some nutritional yeast or sometimes nuts to it. Yum! We are actually headed to Cabo on Friday & I’m alreading trying to figure out ways to smuggle a week’s worth of that green stuff with me. Do you know if the Costco there sells it in any form? I’ve heard that the farmer’s market in Pedregal might.

  9. Brigid

    I’m with you on the basics. And to be honest, I use mine primarily as a vehicle for ketchup.

  10. Elise (Post author)

    i made like 4 bunches so i wouldnt eat them all at once! plus i always always always get Qs about how long things last for my recipes so i figured id just answer ahead of time with this one. i rarely have the issue myself 😉

  11. Elise (Post author)

    im trying to remember if i saw kale when we were there, but i cant recall. we stop for produce at a big kmart type place on the way to pedregal from the airport. costco has stuff too.
    oddly enough ive never been to the pedregal farmers market, but right at the bottom of it (near the entrance) theres a health foods store. it doesnt have the most amazing produce but it does have tons of other hippie items. have so much fun!

  12. Elise (Post author)

    ahhh ketchup. so good.

  13. Courtney

    Maybe a dumb question, but if you do 4 bunches at once, do you have to cook them in batches? I find I can hardly fit 1 bunch onto my 2 biggest cookie sheets, and I can only fit 2 pans in the oven at once. I would love to make more, but I am so impatient, lol!

  14. Elise (Post author)

    Not dumb. I did it in a bunch of batches. They need their space when baking or they don’t crisp as well.

  15. ethel


    <3 u,

  16. Ammie

    I think the Kmart store you are referring to is the Mega store. I’ll check them out first before we stop at Costco for water and tequila (so cheap!). I’ve never been to the farmers market either but have heard great things about it. Other travelers have said that the little hippie store is very overpriced but it’s hard to know how accurate that is since we are used to LA prices. Also, I’ve been given a few recommendations for green juice bars. I’ll give a full report when we return. 🙂

  17. Elise (Post author)

    yes! mega has great produce. definitely keep track of the green juice bars you find so i can try them later too!

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