I’m a huge fan of kale. If you follow this blog, you know that I include kale in my recipes, from soups to smoothies, all the time. It’s so very good for you, with all those bone building minerals in particular, that I just can’t help loving it.

So it’s no surprise to see kale here again.

But this recipe is a little different- it’s a kale recipe for those of you who might still be on the fence about eating kale. And it’s for kids, too. I am not promising that every child will like this, but my 10 year old and I fought over who got to finish off this plate of spicy crispy kale with lime…

My first experience with baked kale came when I made Lauren Ulm’s recipe from her book Vegan Yum Yum for my Foodbuzz 24,24,24 post in December. Lauren’s recipe uses just a touch of sesame oil and very little salt. It was so simple…yet it was also a revelation. Who knew baking kale could result in such “deliciousness”?

Soon I noticed that I was clearly not the only one to succumb to the charms of baked kale. Across the blogosphere, I saw many of my colleagues singing the praises of crispy kale, too:

Jaden’s Crispy Kale
Monica Bhide’s Chaat Masala Kale Chips
Not Derby Pie’s Kale Chips
The Kitchn’s Crispy Kale
Vegan Visitor’s Roasted Kale

So I made more. And lots of it (I’ve now made this baked kale recipe three days in a row). It’s so easy and so good! What I love most is that you can vary this recipe in so many ways. Keep it super plain, or spice it up a little with a seasoned salt, as I’ve done here.

To make the seasoned salt, I mixed 1 teaspoon of course sea salt with a pinch of ground chipotle pepper (I used Spice Islands brand). You won’t use all of this to season the kale (it would be way too salty), so you’ll have a some left over for next time. If you don’t really want your kale to be spicy, but you enjoy a smoky flavor, then you could make your salt with smoked paprika instead.

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15 Comments

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    saramariesue — February 3, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

    Hmmm – I haven’t heard of doing this! I will have to make some of these for my Superbowl snacks.

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    susan strange — February 3, 2010 @ 6:12 pm

    Portugese Kale soup ( so easy–so good )

    2 potatoes, 2 onions, 6 garlic
    2 bay leaves,1 lb. kale
    1can kidney and 1 can garbonzo beans
    1 can tomatoes
    1 lb. chorizo
    1 quart + a little extra chicken broth

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    susan strange — February 3, 2010 @ 6:18 pm

    chop, dice, mince the first three ingedients,adding the chorizo to brown then adding everything else to season for about an hour

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    Simona — February 7, 2010 @ 7:36 pm

    I have made crispy kale and liked it. Your version sounds really good, with the spicy salt and lime. Thank you for participating.

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    Joanne — February 8, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

    Baked kale has definitely made the rounds of the blogosphere and yet I still haven’t tried it yet! I definitely need to get to it, especially with this spicy and delicious seasoning of yours.

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    Crispy Kale Chips - Natalie's Killer Cuisine — April 14, 2010 @ 11:59 am

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    Crispy Kale Chips - Natalie's Killer Cuisine — April 14, 2010 @ 11:59 am

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    Liz from Simple Italian Cooking — June 2, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

    I have never tried crispy kale, but it sounds so simple. Do you think it would taste as good with lemon instead of lime?

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    drwinnie — June 2, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

    Liz,
    I’ve made it with lemon when I use plain sea salt and not the spicy one. It’s yummy that way, too!

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    Cherie — July 2, 2010 @ 9:32 pm

    I love baked kale!! I’ll be making some tomorrow. I have a hard time not eating the whole batch! I also use olive oil and them sprinkle it with a homemade all-purpose seasoning made with celtic sea salt &/or Redmonds sea salt, organic pepper, oregano, turmeric, parsley, onion powder and garlic powder (I use this on just about everything). When I need a crunchy chip type fix this does the trick! I must confess I do like it a little more crispy. Can’t wait to try your version! Happy 4th of July everyone!!

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    Holly — October 15, 2010 @ 3:30 pm

    So last night I was searching the web for some recipes for kale. Kale is very new to me and I have only cooked it once (which turned out bitter and awful). I had read about kale crisps on other websites, but was a bit skeptical. I ran across this blog last night and I have to say that it is fantastic!!!! I kept printing out new recipes to try (Homemade Poptarts sound delicious!) Anyways, I decided that I needed to use that bunch of kale that I had sitting in my fridge and made this recipe last night. It was soooo soooo good!!! I changed up the spices a bit with some garlic and pepper, but the squeeze of lime after I pulled them out of the oven was amazing! I’m definitely obsessed with anything lime and this was just downright delicious. I will be making again for my roommates and boyfriend this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

    (P.S. This is the first time I’ve ever posted a comment on any blog or any recipe site….that is how delicious and excited I am about those Limey Kale Crisps!)

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    Charlotte — January 25, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    Wow these sound tasty. I’ve had plain kale chips before, made by my mum, and my niece and nephew went crazy over them (both typically picky eaters!). From a nutrition angle, the lime (or lemon) is a great addition! Because the citric acid helps our bodies to better access all of the nutrients in the kale (calcium, etc). Before your recipe, I didn’t know that ‘massaging’ the kale leaves helps to tenderize them!

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    Adele Cossette — March 10, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

    YUMMY…..I love kale chips!!! <3