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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164 comments on “Sea Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips”

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  3. There is NO WAY this will even last through the night!  Guess I dont have to worry about storing it!

  4. O. M. G! My first foray into using kale was 4+ years ago in a smoothie and that was such a dud, it turned me off of wanting to try kale again. However, my Hashimoto problem has made my body think much of the food I grew up on is my worst enemy, so I’ve had no choice over the past year but to learn to eat healthier. I discovered I love The Better Chip Spinach & Kale chips, but wanted to try something homemade. I came across this recipe and, well, I literally inhaled them! They are soooo incredibly tasty! I did run across one problem: I sealed  them up 15 minutes after they came out of the oven and when I went back for some, they were soggy. I did let them sit for a half hour or so before eating, but do I need to let them sit out after removing them from the oven for a longer period of time? 

    • Hi Jennifer! We’re sorry we’re just now getting around to your comment. We’re so glad you enjoy these kale chips! While it definitely helps to let these sit out for awhile on the baking sheet, because they have vinegar, they won’t hold up as well as some other recipes for kale chips, so they’re best eaten the day of. If you have a spritzer, you can try spritzing these with the vinegar after they’ve been baked instead. That might help them hold up longer without getting soggy. We hope this helps!

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  8. Mmmm I made these and they are the best for your kids and you yes they maybe a little weard but trust me you’ll love them.❤❤❤❤❤

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  10. Planning on storing these for a quick snack throughout the week, but my sister and I accidentally ate the whole pan while we were “trying them”. AHHH soo soo good ?

    • Uh oh! haha Well they’re healthy and easy to make, so no harm, right? ;) We’re happy you two enjoyed them!

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  13. Oh great, another reason for me to eat an entire batch in one night!

  14. Ok, I love your post and recipe the best! Now, my question to you….how to store these? I mean, I could eat them all in one sitting, but I’d like to save them for my snacks for the week. What do you suggest. I tried a Tupperware and they got super soggy! Yuck.

    • Hi Shannon! In order for these to be stored for a day or two (afraid we haven’t had any luck storing them longer than that), the kale needs to be EXTREMELY dry before you make these. That’s key. We hope that helps!

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  21. Delish

  22. My 9 year old son and I will be trying this in a few hours. We’re gonna go right now and buy some parchment paper. I will snap some pics and be sure to let you know how they turn out. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!!

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  26. I was actually really disappointed in this as there was no real vinegar taste at all once they got crispy.

  27. Oh sooooooooo addicted to these. Love them. Thanks for sharing your recipe !!!!

  28. I was wondering if you used the raw, unfiltered type of apple cider vinegar in this recipe?

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  32. These are GREAT! I’m making a batch right now? My favorite kale chip recipe 

  33. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I never really liked chips and when….only the salt and vinegar. This is such a marvellous solution for a snack! Way better than chips!!!

    • You’re very welcome, Ilona — we hope you can give these a try and that you enjoy them!

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  38. I’ve made these several times, and just love them. So does my granddaughter. Thanks for an alternative sugarless snack.

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  40. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! Made them with my son,he is hooked!

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  45. 5 stars
    Good stuff! I skimped on the vinegar, afraid that these would be too vinegary (and salt-and-vinegar chips are to me). Nope, not vinegary at all. Next time I will have a little faith and follow the recipe as written.

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  47. 5 stars
    Used a variety of different seasonings. Very good.

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