How to Make Kale Chips in the Dehydrator – Three Ways

Have you tried kale chips? They’re a tasty way to enjoy fresh garden kale.

bunch of fresh kale
Fresh kale is the best for kale chips.

Luckily, there are plenty of farmers’ markets and local shops that sell fresh, locally grown produce if you don’t grow your own.


Turning this bunch into crunchy kale chips, is pretty easy.  Just follow along with the pictures.

Start by washing the kale.

removing stem from kale

Remove the big stem running through the center.  Firmly hold the end and run your other hand along the stem stripping the leaves as you go.  Voila!

washing and drying kale

Dry the kale in a salad spinner, with a fresh towel or both.  Remove as much water as possible to ensure crispy chips.

chip sized kale

Tear leaves into chip sized pieces and toss into a big bowl.  Remember, they’ll shrink a little bit, so don’t make them too small.

massaging oil into kale

Massage oil and salt into the leaves with your hands.  I found that in order to get into the nooks and crannies of all those curly leaves, working the oil in gently with my hands ensured a nice, even coverage.  At first glance it may look like you’ll need more oil, but trust me, you really don’t.

three flavors for kale chips

Decide how many flavors you’d like to make and separate the kale accordingly.  I had three bowls of kale for my three spice mixes:

  • Lemon & Black Pepper
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Spicy Cayenne Pepper and Chili Powder

lemon pepper kale chips

Toss the seasoning with the kale.  Repeat for all flavors.

making kale chips in a dehydrator

Spread kale onto drying frames with plenty of room for air circulation.  Place into dehydrator at 135 Fahrenheit or 57 Celsius for 2 hours or for Raw food dehydrate at 108 Fahrenheit or 42 Celsius for 4 hours.


You’ll know they’re done when they’re light and crispy.

Eat and enjoy!  When you’re all done, send me a note ant tell me your favorite flavor combination.

Here’s the same info in recipe format for easy reference and/or printing.

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Kale Chips 3 Ways


  • 1 bunch kale 6-8 cups torn leaves
  • 1 tbsp canola or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Spicy Mix
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 tsp chili powder
  • Vegan Cheesy Mix
  • 1 1/2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • Lemon & Black Pepper Mix
  • 1 - 2 tsp lemon zest from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/8 fresh ground black pepper


  • Wash and destem kale.
  • Dry leaves well.
  • Rip into chip size pieces and toss into large bow.
  • Massage in oil to cover pieces evenly.
  • Sprinkle in salt to cover pieces evenly.
  • Separate into three bowls.
  • Prepare the spice mixes by combining various ingredients.
  • Add a different spice mix to each batch of kale. Ensure mix is spread evenly over all pieces.
  • Place on dehydrator tray leaving space for air circulation.
  • Dry at 135 F or 57 C for 1-2 hours (for raw food dry at 108 F or 42 C for 3-4 hours).
  • Remove and enjoy immediately.
  • If needed, store in an air tight container. To re-crisp softened chips, return to dehydrator.


You can do these in the oven. On high (350F/180C) for 10 to 15 minutes. WATCH carefully to ensure leaves aren't charring. Or on the lowest heat possible for your oven for 40 to 90 minutes - check frequently.
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  1. HELLO, just an idea….you can put oil oil in a spray bottle….and i wanted to add salt, but salt does not dissolve in oil and i read somewhere to put salt in some lemon juice to dissolve it and it works. Then added the lemon juice/salt mixture to the olive oil in the sprayer and shake, then spray leaves, turn over, spray again and you are ready….. i could not believe how well in emulsifies….I am making kale chips right now and i just happened upon your website, Thanks Will

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