Slow Roasted Lemony Kale Chips

Beautiful Kale from my Know Your Farms CSA

I received some really delicious kale in my CSA box last week. The leaves were dark green and very tight and curly. The stalks were thin and not at all tough so I knew that very little preparation would be needed to get these greens ready for cooking.

While I was out in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago, I had the best kale chips of my life while perusing the Ferry Building Marketplace. (By the way… What an amazing place for enjoying local food!!)  The woman who made these delicious kale chips said that she used a dehydrator set to 110 degrees for 30 hours. Wow! That’s a long time and I don’t own a food dehydrator (yet) so I decided to test out something similar in my oven. It was a huge success. Now I need to get some more kale and make some more chips…

Kale sprinkled with sea salt


Kale, rinsed, dried, tough stalks removed
Olive oil, 2 tablespoons or so
Lemon juice, 1 to 2 tablespoons
Coarse sea salt, a sprinkle


For this version of kale chips, I decided to toss my kale with a little bit of olive oil and lemon juice, sprinkle the leaves with a little coarse sea salt and then let it cook for a long time at a low heat. One bunch of kale (enough to fill my colander) was enough to make 2 cookie sheets full of kale chips.

I combined the kale leaves, olive oil, sea salt, and lemon juice in a large bowl using my hands and then spread the kale on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil to minimize any clean-up mess.

Let the kale cook for about 2 hours at 200 degrees. Remove from the oven and enjoy!!

Slow Roasted Lemony Kale Chips

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

13 thoughts on “Slow Roasted Lemony Kale Chips”

    1. When you say little preparation was needed to get the kale ready for cooking what did you mean? I usually wash mine in vegetable and fruit wash then cook it, should I be doing more?

    2. Sorry for the confusion! Depending on the time of year or the type of kale, sometimes the stalks are tough and long. This kale had small, thin stalks so I didn’t do a thing to them in terms of trimming them or stripping the kale leaves off the stalks!

  1. Food dehydrators seem like a great idea but are really impractical. Good move using the oven, it works just as well and saves you kitchen space. Sometimes less really is more!

    1. Linji – Thanks for the comment. I have been on the fence about getting a dehydrator – they seem so big and I have no idea where I would keep it. Low and slow in the oven worked great for this!

  2. Thank you so much! I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this and it hasn’t been quite right, but I was baking them at too hot a temp. Can’t wait to try it again now that I know what I’m doing! 🙂

  3. Someone offered me these the other day & then thought twice about it when my hand kept moving into the container…

    1. Good to know! As the hot summer approaches, a dehydrator makes a lot more sense than turning on the oven. Do you have a dehydrator that you would recommend?

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