Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

It’s currently thunder-storming outside.  At first I was crabby about having to come inside because now that it’s nice all I want to do is be outside, but then I remembered that I love storms and huge thunder claps/lightening so I got over it pretty quickly.  Know what my new obsession is? Paddle boarding.  I purchased the season pass today at the rental place so now I can rent them for $9.50/hr for the rest of the summer. This is a big deal. Coolest part of the whole day?!? I DID HEADSTANDS ON THE PADDLE BOARD. You probably can’t tell I’m excited about this. I definitely need a gopro for documentation purposes.

Now that it is summer and I am the fittest I have ever been (thanks to paleo and living right by a glorious lake) I feel so antsy if I am not outside doing something active when I’m not working.  It’s a weird feeling.  For example, right now I am sitting inside because it’s raining, and I already did a yoga warrior class and went paddle boarding for over an hour and I feel like I need to be outside doing something physically active.  Does anyone else feel like that? I actually kind of love feeling this way but I only get this for maybe 5 months of the year so I better make the most of it! Silly Minnesota with its never-ending winters.

Know what else I love recently? Kale. I definitely go through fazes with kale and right now I am on a kick.  In salads, sauteed, chips, etc.  Makin’ me a happy camper. Pre-paleo my favorite chips of all time were salt & vinegar and they way they make your tongue burn if you eat too many of them.  I totally miss them sometimes so I decided to make some in kale form.  They are not quite as vinegary as normal but they definitely do the trick.  If you haven’t ever tried making kale chips because you were afraid you would screw them up now is the time to give it a shot. Know why? Because they still taste good a little bit burnt. Promise 🙂 Know what the key is? Keeping an eye on them. That way you get perfect chips and everyone is happy! Try ’em, all the cool kids are doing it.

The Freckled Foodie

salt vinegar kale chips

Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

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  • Yield: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack


  • 1 bunch of Kale, any type works
  • 2 tbsp Vinegar, again you can use what you have, I used Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt, course


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper
  3. Rinse kale and dry very thoroughly or you will have soggy chips
  4. Rip kale into bite sized pieces (don’t include stems) and place into a large mixing bowl
  5. Add vinegar and oil and massage them into the kale until they are evenly coated, 1-2 minutes
  6. Spread evenly on the baking sheets in a single layer, it is best if they are not touching each other
  7. Sprinkle the sea salt on the kale
  8. Bake for 8 – 12 minutes checking often until they are crisp and just start to brown *Keep a close eye on them after 8 minutes!
  9. Remove to a bowl and enjoy immediately!

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Comments: 2

  1. Josie June 9, 2014 at 8:06 am Reply

    As if you read my mind, I’ve thinking about making kale chips finally. And my favorite chip flavor is salt and vinegar!! Just thinking about it makes my mouth pucker. Haha!! Will try this soon. *bookmarking*

    • Rachael @ The Freckled Foodie June 20, 2014 at 3:25 pm Reply

      Josie, hope you love them! I like to add another splash of vinegar right before I eat them for even more puckering 🙂

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