Dana Slatkin

Crispy Parmesan Kale (and Collard) Chips

Dana Slatkin's Crispy Parmesan Kale Chips

Kale is one of those leafy year-round staples that I have always passed up in the produce aisle. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the dark earthy greens in a heady soup or shredded raw in a salad. But I have always thought of kale as a vegetarian’s vegetable, and I’ve never found a way to make it palatable to my kids or husband, until now. When I was flipping through one of my favorite cooking magazines, a recipe for baked kale caught my eye because there were only three ingredients. I loved how the kale came out of the oven crisp and salty, like delicate chips. But in order to entice my finicky family, it needed a little extra appeal. This version with a light sprinkling of cheese gets raves every time I make it. Try it with collard greens, too (increase the cooking time to 16-18 minutes).

Try Dana’s Pappardelle with Wild Mushrooms, Rosemary and Light Tomato Sauce.

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  1. GG says:

    I just made your Crispy Parmesan Kale chips and I was stunned at how quick, easy and delicious these are! All of the satisfaction of a chip with none of the fat or calories! These are my new Favorite thing!

  2. dana says:


    I love all your comments! Thank you so much for arranging such a fun and enlightening afternoon of Persian cooking. I had a blast and learned a lot. Hope you like my next blog post.

    Have an awesome summer. We’ll sure miss you in Aspen.



  3. Lisa McCue says:

    Hey Dana-
    Ever since we tried your chips in Aspen- my kids have been begging for them!  Anytime I come across Kale ( and good kale is hard to find in Miami!)I bake it up for my family. They all love it!! I like the flat kale better- the curlier kale is hard to get crispy! xo

  4. dana says:

    Hi, Lisa,

    Thanks for your comment. You’re right, the curly kale does not work as well – you have to cook it longer and then it just crumbles all over your lap. I never thought I could get kids to eat kale – this recipe is a victory for all moms who wish to feed their brood real food! Keep up the good cookin’!

    xo D

  5. linda says:

    Hi Dana. I joined an organic produce club and last week got kale and had no idea what to do with it. My 12 year old told me about this recipe so I looked it up. I now love this recipe. My 7 year old can eat the whole head of Kale and then asks for more! I make this recipe at least once a week. Thanks for this great recipe. I have passed it on to at least 10 people.

  6. Daisy F says:

    Howdy Dana,
    Was excited to read your kale chip recipe! I recently tried a similar thing made by TerraTree,  (www.terratree.com), a Canadian co. Unfortunately they don’t seem to have any info on their kale chips on the site for some reason. Anyway,  I was so amazed and thrilled to see that my 2 year old eats the Terra Tree chips! I can’t get enough of them either. They’re dee-lish. They have a garlic version and another made with nutritional yeast. We live in the boonies where the growing season is brutally short but kale is one thing that grows great here. Now thanks to your recipe and inspiration from TT, I won’t be the only one in the family chewing on organic home-grown kale. Yahoo!

  7. dana says:

    Hi Daisy,

    Glad to help out with the kale chips…Come back anytime! I try to develop a lot of kid-friendly recipes.

  8. Jaden says:

    Great idea! I bet the kids would love cheese on their kale chips

  9. Sylvia says:

    These look delicious! Although I didn’t even know kale could do this, I am thoroughly impressed with the outcome. I bet some salt and pepper and they would get gobbled up.

  10. Carolyn Fagan says:

    We bought some Kale at the Troy Farmer’s Market this morning and I cam across your recipe through the Grill-A-Chef blog. Wow they are amazing. Easy and absolutely delicious.

  11. Kelly Lester says:

    Just made these and ate ALL of them for dinner with my 2 girls. “Mommy, are there any more??!” We all loved them. Thanks for such an easy recipe Dana!

  12. Leslie S. says:


    I was searching for kale chips and up popped your beautiful site. Im heating up the oven now and will use your recipes to inspire me for the new year. I am wondering if you know how to make a chocolate coated kale chip, i found one at Whole Foods that I adore but I would love to make at home as well.


  13. Tiffany Youngren says:

    We love kale at our house – especially kale chips. Your kale in the picture is so pretty! I’ll have to work a little harder to try to get ours a little prettier – great inspiration!

  14. Ashley says:

    This sounds so good, and easy! (Love easy!)
    I’m about to try and make them right now (at 9 pm! haha)
    I’ve been trying new, vitamin packed snacks for myself and my two little boys.
    So far, so good. Hopefully this will be a hit with them too!
    Thanks for the recipe!! :)

  15. Ashley says:

    Okay. These are amazing!
    Thanks again!

  16. dana says:

    How did they go over? Hope they will be a new staple in your house. The trick is to cook them low and quick. Another healthy snack my kids love: http://www.danaslatkin.com/holiday-recipes/date-coconut-walnut-balls/. Thanks for checking in!

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