Sea Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips

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Sea Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips | #vegan #glutenfree

I have always been a snacker.  But for some reason, potato chips were never my thing…until I was introduced to sea salt and vinegar kettle chips from my favorite grocery store a few years ago.

Oh good grief, those chips are good.

I realized that I could easily make a bag disappear in a day or two if it’s left in my house, so I never buy them anymore.  But somehow my friends are also obsessed with them, and they keep showing up at parties over the past few months.  And then the cravings start all over again.  I don’t know what it is about that classic sea salt and vinegar combo, but I find it (literally) irresistible!!!

So, as you can tell by the title of this post, I finally had the bright idea to try a healthier alternative to see if it would satisfy the ol’ chip craving.  4 ingredients, just a few minutes of prep time, and 20 minutes in the oven later….

craving : SO satisfied.

Sea Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips | #vegan #glutenfree

Seriously.  If you dig sea salt and vinegar chips as much as I do, you must (must!) give these guys a try.  I make kale chips pretty routinely in my kitchen, and usually tend to douse them in all sorts of seasonings.  But the recipe for these couldn’t be easier.  All you need is some fresh kale, olive oil, and (yes) sea salt and vinegar.

Here’s how to make ’em:

Sea Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips | #vegan #glutenfree

Start by tearing a bunch of fresh kale into bite-sized pieces.  Just about any variety of kale (minus baby kale) will work for these chips.

Add your oil and vinegar…

Sea Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips | #vegan #glutenfree

…and salt, and massage them into the kale for about 1-2 minutes until the kale is nice and soft and darkens a bit.

Sea Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips | #vegan #glutenfree

Then spread the kale out on a parchment-covered baking sheet or two (I used two) in an even layer.  You don’t want the kale pieces to be on top of each other, otherwise they will not crisp up.  Then sprinkle with just a bit more salt if you’d like and bake them up until the pieces are nice and crispy.

Sea Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips | #vegan #glutenfree

Then pull ’em out, and they are instantly ready to enjoy!

Sea Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips | #vegan #glutenfree

Superfoods made super easy and SUPER tasty.  And they are a much more guilt-free snacking option than the potato version.  Which means, I happily helped myself to a few more.  And then promptly made a second batch in one week.  :)

Hale the kale!!


Sea Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips | #vegan #glutenfree


Sea Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: About 4 servings 1x


These sea salt and vinegar kale chips are a healthy and delicious alternative to the potato chip version!



  • 1 bunch kale (I used curly kale, but Lascinato “dino” kale also works too!)
  • 2 Tbsp. vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse sea salt, more/less to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Wash and dry kale leaves. Using a knife, separate the green kale leaves from the thick ribs, and discard the ribs. Cut or tear the kale leaves into your desired size of chips, knowing that they will shrink a bit while baking.
  3. Combine the kale leaves, vinegar, oil and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Then use your hands to toss and massage the kale for 1-2 minutes until it is soft and slightly darker.
  4. Spread out the kale in a single layer on a parchment-covered baking sheet (or two). Then sprinkle on the remaining salt. Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until the kale is crunchy and no longer soft. Remove and serve immediately, or store in a sealed container for up to 1 week.

Sea Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips | #vegan #glutenfree

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  1. It’s like you read my mind, Ali! I was just attacking a giant bag of kettle salt and vinegar chips last week thinking “man, if only these could be healthy”. I WILL be making these asap!

  2. This is so fun Ali! Soooo trying it this week :)

  3. I keep seeing kale chips in Trader Joes and Whole Foods, but I haven’t gotten up the nerve to try them! I love Kale, but the idea of buying something and not liking it made me nervous. Thanks for sharing, this looks pretty easy and I’ll have to give them a try this week. ;)

  4. Seriously, my hubs is going to flip! Love the sea salt and vinegar addition!

  5. For some reason I haven’t gotten into kale chips, but these look perfect!

  6. Kale chips are amazing! I must try the salt and vinegar addition! Yum!

  7. LOVE Kale chips but have never made them, am definitely going to need to try these asap!

  8. Old dutch baked Salt and vinegar chips are my weakness! I just bought a big bunch of kale yesterday with the intention of making chips! Im going to give these a shot! Mmmm, thanks, I can’t wait!

    • Oh my goodness!! Old Dutch potato chips . . . I remember these from when I was a kid in the midwest…to us they were the best chips in the world. My family always brought some back when we took a trip back there!!! Thanks for the good memories!!

  9. I need to make these!

    Have you ever made kale salad? Our HEB sells kale salad and it is so addictive!

    I found a recipe online and hers is healthy and taste just like the real version.

    Try it! Hope that you enjoy it!

  10. This sounds like the best thing ever!!!! I can’t wait to try these out!

  11. Aha, this is very exciting. Salt and vinegar crisps: the healthy version. Brilliant.

  12. Oh I love kale chips! The salt and vinegar together sounds absolutely perfect!

  13. My daughter would LOVE these. She’s obsessed with salt & vinegar chips as well as yes…kale chips. Just like her momma ;)

  14. I love kale chips! This salt and vinegar version sounds amazing!

  15. There you go again, a new spin on a favorite. Nice!

  16. I can’t find kale here in Spain :( I’ll try your recipe with other veggies. Thanks!!!

  17. Beyond genius! I love sea salt & vinegar potato chips but I can get carried away with them so I save them now for long road trip snacks. Kale chips are the perfect alternative!

  18. How convenient, I have everything needed for these! Must be a sign to make them tonight!

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  20. Such a fabulou snack and salt and vinegar is always a hit!

  21. These definitely will satisfy my crisps craving!

  22. OMGSH! Made these last night and they were AMAZING!!!! My new go-to snack for sure!

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  24. I posted a simple kale chip recipe (not sure if any kale chip recipe is not simple) on my blog last month, but I like the idea of adding vinegar! Yum!

    I’m a chip eater, that’s one snack I struggle with. I’ll have to try this version and see if can ward off the cravings for potato chips! Thanks for posting the recipe – and beautiful pictures!

  25. This recipe sounds delish!! I too love love LOVE salt & vinegar chips…we make kale chips but have only made them w/ olive oil & sea salt. I’m super excited to try these. I was wondering is there a reason you use the ACV rather than white or another vinegar? I was thinking after I get a taste of the ones from your recipe, I mite try using a balsamic vinegar or even try a balsamic reduction just to see what I get. Any thoughts on using other vinegars?? Thanks again for the recipe. SAB :-)

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  28. Totally love vinager chips, and now totally love kale, so a perfect fit. And kale was on sale this week, so I I am just in chip heaven! These turned out perfect, and so easy.

  29. Been making kale chips for years- snacks but I also use the dried kale in soups and stews

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  32. These are incredible! I’ve never tried Kale chips from the store because they’re expensive and I wasn’t so sure I was going to like them. I finally got around to making these kale chips and they are incredible!!! They’re a great substitute for regular salt and vinegar potato chips. I also used apple cider vinegar. Two thumbs up!!! 

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  34. I just made these kale chips and they are terrific!  I love the vinegar. Best kale chip recipe by far! 

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  36. Love kale I made these today, they were dee-licious! Thanks for the recipe x

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  39. Just curious,  why not baby kale?

  40. thanks for the recipe 
    but why not use baby kale?


  42. Will they turn out as crispy if you don’t have parchment paper?

    • They should! If you don’t have parchment though, I’d just suggest spraying the baking sheet with some nonstick spray, so they don’t stick to the pan.

  43. I am so excited to find this! Thanks for sharing–I am getting my ingredients out right now… and it’s 9:25 am… Thanks, again!

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  45. These are very good although too salty for my taste so I cut the salt back by half and increase the vinegar. Still very tasty!

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