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Gingered Kale Chips

Updated on December 30, 2014

As a child, I was a picky eater. I mean, I was the kind of picky eater who spent an hour at the table after dinner just to avoid eating my beans. Eventually, much to my mom's chagrin, my dad usually took pity on me and allowed my escape. It's always surprising to them when I tell them the vegetables I will eat now. And I tell them it's all about the preparation (I still don't like warmed up canned beans).

One example that took them completely off-guard was this recipe I adapted from simple salt and pepper Kale Chips, which are delicious in their own right. Since I also love all things ginger, I decided to try combining some favorite flavors and the result was outstanding (which is extra good, because they aren't pretty, as you can see). I hope you like them too.

OXO Good Grips Green Salad Spinner
OXO Good Grips Green Salad Spinner

My leading complaint wtih several spinners we have owned in the past has been small capacity. With a 10x10 inch capacity, this spinner will hold a lot of... well... whatever you want to wash. I love the pump mechanism, which makes this one of the easiest spinners to use. I use mine for everything from lettuce and kale to grapes.


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Cook Time

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes

Total Time: 20-25 minutes

Serves: 2-3 people


  • 1 bunch fresh kale leaves
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • A dash of fresh ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Strip the leafy parts off the kale stems. You'll only want to eat the leaves. Wash the leafy parts. I use a salad spinner, but you can also wash them by hand and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Toss kale leaves in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. When all the leaves are well-coated from step 3, use a garlic press to press approximately 1 Tbsp of fresh ginger, making sure that any juice from the ginger drips down onto the leaves. Toss again, making sure that every piece of kale has some minced ginger on it.
  5. Spread leaves in a single layer on 2 cookie sheets and bake them at 350 degrees for 15 minutes each.
  6. Gingered Kale Chips are ready to enjoy the moment you take them out of the oven.

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The Perfect Balance

Strike the perfect amount of oil and you'll have light tasting chips that still allow the seasonings and ginger to stick. The oil helps the chips to crisp up nicely too. Yum!

ORBLUE Propresser Stainless Steel Kitchen Garlic Press
ORBLUE Propresser Stainless Steel Kitchen Garlic Press

I love a good garlic and ginger press, and this one is top notch. It's strong, cleans up easily and creates a fine mince.


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I hope to keep experimenting with new flavors for Kale Chips, since I fell in love with this one immediately.

What flavors (if any) have you experimented with for Kale Chips?

© 2014 Monica Lobenstein


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      Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I have the same list. I'm about 50% done. It is challenging, but I think it is helping to make my lens-hubs better in the long run. Best of luck with this new adventure.

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      Monica Lobenstein 3 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I just got more kale this week, so I'll be making another batch again soon. Thanks for letting me know about the link too! Unfortunately, I have a lot of hubs left to update and this one is still on the list. I appreciate the visit!

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      Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Hi from another former Squidoo-er. I've just been getting into kale and really starting to enjoy it. I'm really glad you wrote this so I now know how to make the chips. Thought you might want to know, it you don't all ready, that the link "Kale chips" in your second paragraph is not working. I have a lot of fresh organic kale in the refrigerator right now. I think I'll give your recipe a try.

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      Monica Lobenstein 3 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      @Margaret, Those sound amazing! Please let me know how they turn out.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Monica, I've been experimenting with different kale chip recipes (including my own). The next one I'm planning to try is making dark chocolate-dipped kale chips. Just got a bunch of kale in our CSA share so we'll see how they turn out! I also love fresh ginger and plan to try your recipe. Hmmm....maybe dark chocolate kale chips with ginger?

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      relishthescoop 3 years ago

      We love kale at my house but I've never tried kale chips. I'll have to give these a try! Happy Merry Monday!

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      erleneamat 3 years ago

      I'm totally not going to lie. I'm not a big kale fan, but maybe if I eat it as a chip I'll like it more :-) Shared on a Pinterest group board. Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday.