Monday, February 9, 2015

How to Make Kale Chips That Melt in Your Mouth

How to make kale chips in a food dehydrator - the best way to get crispy kale chips that aren't soggy

As a superfood, kale has definitely been enjoying its time in the spotlight.

While there are lots of tasty ways to prepare kale, I think this one is the most fun to eat.

I've made kale chips in my oven before but none seem to hold a candle to the deliciously crispy and melt in your mouth (yes, kale that can melt in your mouth!) texture that you get by using a food dehydrator.

If you don't have a food dehydrator yet, definitely consider it if you are serious about a whole foods, paleo or no additives lifestyle.

I have a Tribest Sedona Combo Food Dehydrator  and LOVE it.

I find it tremendously helpful for not only making tasty kale chips, but beef jerky, apple chips, greens powder and more - all without added sugar or junk from the kind you get in the store.


  • Juice and pulp of one lemon
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar*
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 large bunch kale*
*I recommend purchasing these ingredients as organic where available to avoid GMOs and pervasive pesticides.


  1. Whisk all of the ingredients except the kale together in a the largest bowl you own. Set aside.
  2. Wash and spin kale dry. Cut leaves from stalks and tear into chip sized pieces (save stalks for stock or compost them).
  3. Add kale pieces to marinade. Use a rubber spatula to coat kale in marinade, using the back of the spatula to help press or knead it into the leaves. Alternately, you could use your hands to massage the marinade into the leaves.
  4. Lay kale out in a single layer on food dehydrator sheets. Set dehydrator to 145 degrees for 3-4 hours
  5. Kale chips are done when they are very crisp and snap in half when bent.

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Project materials disclosure: Tribest generously provided me with a Sedona Combo food dehydrator in the hopes that I would like it enough to use it to create projects or recipes to share with you. It is genuinely my favorite dehydrator that I have used. If you choose to purchase a Tribest Sedona food dehydrator  through Amazon, I receive a small kick back from Amazon, which does not increase the purchase price for you.

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