Kale is a x-men like, shape-shifting, healthy-as-popeye’s-spinach vegetable. I have spoken a bit about my inability to cook greens well. There was of course my terrible episode with the collard greens. I did manage swiss chard by grinding it up over pasta but I have yet to master slow-cooked greens. Well, I am loving kale now that I have learned how to roast it!

When talking about my inability to cook greens, my friend Brenda mentioned that she always roasts kale. I tried it and I couldn’t believe what happened. When roasted in a hot oven, kale turns into flavorful, dry crumbles, totally unlike the thick, soupy leaves I often have such a hard time with. If you have little kids, I bet that if you let them eat this with their hands, they may even enjoy these greens.

Roasted Kale
Kale (any type)
Olive oil
Course Salt

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Wash kale leaves and dry them. Remove the stems by folding them in half and ripping them out all the way to the top. Spread the leaves out on a baking sheet. Spray them lightly with olive oil or if you don’t have a sprayer toss them lightly with oil. Cook for about 4 minutes. Remove sheet and use tongs to turn the leaves over. Cook for another 3-5 minutes. Watch that edges do not burn. Remove from oven and sprinkle with coarse salt. Kale should be dry and crumbly.

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20 Responses to “Roasted Kale with Olive Oil and Sea Salt”

  1. Sues Says:

    I’ve been on a kale kick lately and this looks like kale in its simplest, most fabulous form. Yum!

  2. robin @ caviar and codfish Says:

    Mmm.. I love kale. I usually braise it but I’ll give this a try. :)

  3. Blushing Hostess Says:

    Okay, I am skeptical of everything-kale except soup but willing to give it a shot since it so very
    very good for a person and you have never failed me! Be well, The Hostess

  4. Sandie Says:

    Thanks for the tip, Caroline. I’ll have to try this!

  5. RebeccaC Says:

    THANK YOU so much for posting on this. I’ve been making it non-stop for weeks but I can’t seem to get a good picture (okay…I keep devouring all of it before I attempt to TAKE a picture). Who knew a super-veg could be super-delish?

  6. Cakespy Says:

    Yummers. I love kale so much, this looks perfect to me!

  7. Kasey Says:

    I’m a huge fan of roasted veggies, but as much as I love kale, have never thought to roast it! I’ll definitely be giving this a try!

  8. Olive products Says:

    Olive oil makes even kale look good lol

  9. Melanie Says:

    I tried this tonight. Delicious!

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  11. nes mattress topper Says:

    I am not sure if I have eaten Kale before, maybe cause i like salad a lot. I remember seeing or eating something like that, maybe I just don’t know that kale is a word for it.
    Almost all of the dishes has olive oils in it..I love it!

  12. grammy Says:

    I had roasted Kale at a “girls night out dinner”. It was amazing, and I don’t even like Kale normally. I’m trying it tomorrow for my kids.

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