I’m super excited to share this easy and simple recipe for the lightly salted, sesame kale chips! I loved snacking on these at work when we used to have them in our microkitchen so I thought it’d be a great idea to try making them at home. As we’re approaching the cooler half of the year, we’ll be able to get our hands on the best batches of kale. When you’re browsing for them at the grocery store, keep an eye out for bundles with a deep green color and crisp leaves. They’re especially great to roast or bake because of its tough texture, it won’t fall apart too easily when they become dehydrated.
Kale is a great source for Vitamins A, C, and K along with a slew of minerals like magnesium, iron, calcium and antioxidants (source: Live Science). So the point I’m trying to make here is that you should ditch your guilty-pleasure potato chips and try switching them out for some crispy kale. There’s a ton of ways you can customize your kale chips by getting creative with the seasoning: salt & vinegar, parmesan garlic or cheesy vegan.
I used three bundles of kale to make approximately two brown paper lunch bag worth of chips. To prep the kale, I washed them and cut out the tough stem in the middle before chopping them into smaller pieces. I tossed the pieces in the sesame oil, sesame seed and salt mixture and laid them over a foil-lined cookie sheet. With the oven heated at 375 degrees, I baked them for about 15 minutes until they became crispy!
If you decide to try this at home, let me know how it turns out.
- 1 bundle of kale
- 1/4 cup of sesame oil
- 2 tbsp. of sesame seeds (raw or toasted)
- *Salt to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
- Cut out the tough stem from each leaf
- Cut the kale into large chunks (they'll shrink significantly)
- Wash the kale pieces
- Toss kale with the sesame oil, sesame seed and salt mixture
- Lay kale over a foil covered pan
- Bake for 10-15 minutes (depends on how crispy you want)
- Although I used 3 bundles of kale in total, this recipe is for just 1 bundle which makes about 1-2 servings, great for snacking!
- A little goes a long way when it comes to adding salt for these kale chips so be sure to use in moderation.