Spicy Crispy Kale with Lime

February 5, 2010

Author Notes:

This is a 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. You can vary this recipe in many ways. Keep it super plain and give it flavor from the oil you use (try toasted sesame oil, for example) 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 two pinches 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.


Serves: 2-4


  • 1 bunch of clean and dry organic kale, chopped into bite-sized pieces (remove any tough stems)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 pinches of spicy seasoned course salt- see above
  • juice of 1/2 lime (or to taste)
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F.
  2. Drizzle oil over the kale and “massage” it into the leaves.
  3. Spread oiled kale onto a sheet pan.
  4. Bake in your preheated oven for about 20 minutes. Bake until the edges are just crispy, but the kale is still quite bright green. Do not overcook!
  5. As soon as you take your kale chips out of the oven, sprinkle with a few pinches of the spicy salt and then squeeze on the optional lime.

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TheWimpyVegetarian March 20, 2010
This looks great! I usually use balsamic vinegar for my acid but love the idea of using lime. I'm doing a grilling class in July on a farm that grows lots of kale and want to do this dish for an appetizer/snack. Do you know if I could do this on a grill instead of in an oven? The farms ovens are out of commission at the moment.....