Kale Powder



I wish I could say that I’ve always eaten kale, but I haven’t.  For most of my life I had never even heard of it.  Then all of a sudden kale was everywhere.  I spied it at the market, in magazines and online, it was in salads and soups, sautéed and even made into chips. Kale was demanding to be noticed.  There wasn’t much I could do except to try this bitter, leafy green myself.

With its long, thick, ungainly looking leaves, it’s an intimidating vegetable at first glance.  From what I’ve gathered people either love it or they fear it.  A member of the cabbage family, kale is highly nutritious leafy green.  It’s a rich source of phytonutrients, calcium and vitamins A, C and K, which makes it an extraordinarily nourishing food to put in your body.  In its raw state, it has an intense flavor; slightly bitter and cabbage-like.  Some like it raw, but I tend to prefer the milder flavor of cooked kale, especially when baked.




When roasted briefly in a hot oven, the once rough and hearty kale leaves crisp up into thin chip-like sheets.  As it roasts, the flavor gets fuller and the sharp bitterness, tamed by the heat, transforms into an earthy sweetness.  If you haven’t made kale chips yet, do so.  But this post isn’t about me making kale chips … it’s about what happened after.

As I was staring at the empty bowl, wishing I had made more, I noticed all the leftover little green shards of crispy kale. Light and airy, the fragile roasted kale leaves had crumbled quickly even with the most delicate handling.  It was then that I tipped the bowl over my salad in a moment of inspiration, and the result was as flavorful and as equally addicting as the chips.




Into the oven went the next batch of kale as I contemplated what other good uses I would put my new found discovery to.  Once out of the oven and cooled I took the entire batch of kale chips for a spin in the food processor; the result was a fine emerald green powder with a savory depth of flavor that I could sprinkle with abandon on anything I chose.  And so I did — I mixed my kale powder into vinaigrettes, salads, soups, pastas, rice, lentils, even popcorn.

I’m now happily getting my daily dose of kale, are you?

kale powder


  • 1 large bunch of Lacinato Kale (otherwise known as Dinosaur or Tuscan kale)
  • Olive oil
  • Fine sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F / 175 C
  2. Wash kale leaves thoroughly to remove any sand or dirt.
  3. Spin dry in a salad spinner until dry. Remove any excess moisture with a towel. (It’s important to remove all the moisture to prevent the leaves from burning in the oven)
  4. Using your hands, tear away the inner ribs and discard.
  5. Massage a small amount of olive oil into the kale until all the leaves are well coated but not dripping.
  6. Arrange the kale in a single layer on a prepared sheet pan so they aren’t crowded when they cook. Sprinkle with a pinch of fine sea salt.
  7. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until dry and crisp.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  9. Place leaves in the bowl of a food processor and process for 1 or 2 minutes, until a very fine powdery consistency is reached.
  10. Sprinkle liberally!
  11. Store any leftovers in an airtight glass container.


Please consider these suggestions as a rough guide; they are just a few suggestions of possible uses for kale powder. Sprinkle over: salads, pasta, rice, grains, cooked vegetables. Mix into mashed potatoes, vegetable purees and soups. Combine with melted butter over popcorn.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

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  1. says

    Genius! I totally get how good this must be. You have all my attention on sprinkling on popcorns. I don’t see Kale much here and can be only bought at specialty stores. The first time I tried Kale chips I really liked them but I realized they turn a bit too dark for me. I dried them enough but should get my salad spinner out to completely dry out next time.

  2. says

    This is very interesting indeed. We’ve recently been on a health kick and have all kinds of powders in the pantry/fridge. I really like this idea of making your own kale powder-and it’s fast and easy.

  3. says

    Yes kale is certainly an intimidating veggie for unhealthy people like me. But in small, powdery doses, I’m sure I can manage! What a discovery Sylvie!

  4. says

    Sylvie this idea is genius. Seriously. I haven’t always eaten kale either, but since I discovered it, I have been eating it like crazy – so healthy! Thanks for this amazing post!

  5. says

    What lovely clicks, Sylvie! Love the color and the macro shots. Simple yet healthy recipe, beautiful. Getting Kale would be difficult though, bookmarked till I get my hands on these green soon.

  6. says

    I’ve never tried kale, but a friend recently asked me to make kale chips. I’ve been too intimidated to try! But now, I’m gonna take the plunge.
    They look and sound delicious!
    Thank you…..

  7. says

    That last picture is particularly stunning… the two next to each other are just gorgeous.

    I’ve seen a few recipes where people sprinkle it over popcorn and i’m going to have to give it a try. Looks wonderful!

  8. says

    Wow, great idea Sylvie! The only problem is that we can buy kale only at autumn-winter time in Hungary so I have to wait to make this recipe until autumn.

  9. says

    Hi Sylvie, The kale powder is looking so good and healthy. thanks for sharing a wonderful way to add kale in daily diet. Saving this recipe of urs and wud love to give ur version a try on the coming weekend. Have a great day….Sonia !!!

  10. says

    I love Kale. But then I love all greens, like crazy. This is such an unique idea! Never ever could have thought of making powder and using it.Wonderful way to feed my kids though:)

  11. says

    I love greens a lot, eat a bowl full of salad or soup almost daily.But never tried kale.Seen it a lot in stores, recipes on blog but always wondered how it tasted.I think I ll get a bunch soon and make this powder, sounds like a wonderful idea!The first picture is sensational.

  12. says

    Kale is something I am so fascinated with. But the last time I tried, it wasn’t something worth a repeat.
    I have seen kale chips on TV and read about it everywhere, but your recipe is so ingenious that I can’t wait to try it in different food preparations, especially for the little picky eater at home. Just have to head to the nearest market now 🙂

  13. says

    What an amazing idea. I love kale- but I was once so afraid it. This would be a great way to sneak into a meal and perhaps get some kale converts!

  14. says

    I have been hearing so much about Kale these days. I never had kale and I am not sure why I haven’t tried it yet. I like chips idea a lot !!! gorgeous pics .. 🙂

  15. @yumivore says

    Gorgeous shots! I’ve been enjoying kale quite a bit at home. A new favorite way is a banana-kale almond milk smoothie. Odd, but delicious.

  16. says

    i definitely used to be intimidated by kale. now i eat it with pastas or just steamed & served with coconut butter & sea salt. my sister makes kale chips – soo addicting.

    love the powder idea! ingenious!

  17. says

    What an interesting idea! My mum’s been cooking kale for years and I love it’s rich, earthy, leafy green goodness so can imagine it would make a really intense, flavourful powder. Can you put some of the recipes you used it in up please?!

  18. says

    What a fantastic idea! I didn’t start eating kale until about 8 or so years ago, I don’t really recall seeing in the store before then. I bet kale powder would be good sprinkled on a lot of things like potatoes and other veggies. 🙂

  19. says

    I’ve made sauteed kale (it’s great w/ sesame oil,tamari, and ginger), and kale chips, but never made kale powder…Great idea! And, beautiful photos as always 🙂

  20. says

    The kale chips idea sounds good. I remember when I was younger (and healthier), we ate a lot of kale out of our garden. But we never did anything quite as creative as you have come up in sprinkling that powder. Maybe over roasted potatoes…

  21. says

    I admit that the only use I’ve had for Kale is in a copycate soup recipe of Olive Garden’s potato soup. And I will admit that I’ve seen recipes for kale chips all over the internet…and I’ve still not decided to try them. I think this might just be the way for me to get on the kale bandwagon. 🙂

  22. says

    Your pictures are lush and beautiful and make we want to start working with kale again. I must admit I overdosed when it was found all over the farmer’s markets. I tend to enjoy Kale in soups, but I’d like to try roasting it again. Thanks

  23. Lora @cakeduchess says

    Hi Sylvie! I buy kale once a week and usually add it to an Italian bean soup or I make it w/chopped tomatoes and pasta (and other ingredients). I really like the idea of adding kale powered to a vinaigrette. Gorgeous photos!!

  24. says

    You clever you!! I would have loved to have been there in your kitchen with all that excitement! How do we know if someone does not go that extra mile to experiment, yes? 🙂 Thanks for sharing and amazing shots as always! I especially like the 2nd from the top. You have captured the deep, deep green superbly!

  25. says

    this is my first time visiting your site and your photos are absolutely stunning.
    I have to agree with Katrina that there have been many kale chip posts out there and I haven’t tried them either. After seeing your pictures, I’ll be going to the store tomorrow to buy some kale.
    I’m thrilled to have found you and will be back!

  26. says

    What a great idea! I’ll have to bookmark this for later, since we are in the middle of a remodel and the new oven won’t be here until mid-August.

    Do you think this would also work with chard? (We have lots of chard growing in the garden.)


    • says

      I think it would be great with chard, I haven’t tried it but I think it should work just the same. I’ll have to test that out too.

  27. says

    What a super idea for a super food, Sylvie. It would never had occurred to me to do what you did but it’s such a delicious (and fun!) way to get your daily dose of vitamins. I still haven’t tried kale chips though I’ve been meaning to. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

  28. says

    What an ingenious idea! This is a wonderful way to get your dose of green. Like you, it is only recently that I have been consuming kale on a regular basis – it’s such a hot ingredient now, it seems. I can definitely see so many ways to enjoy kale powder!

  29. says

    I actually just picked some up at the local organic farm. You can’t beliee how much I got for $2! I’ll definitely try the dust. I like the idea of spreading it around.

  30. says

    Don’t you just love those A-Ha!! moments? I am smiling thinking about the power this recipe would give me over my boys, feeding them kale and they wouldn’t be any wiser, lol. Thnx for that!

  31. says

    Ok i do not eat kale enough – i am one of those people – i find it too grass like 🙂 I prefer spinach and other greens. But this is a FABULOUS idea – i am going to do this – just to get my vitamins in there 🙂 Love it!

  32. says

    I usually saute kale…I’ve never had kale chips, much less kale powder. It does seem like it would add a bright green touch of umami, its so savory and delicious….

  33. says

    Wow I really love this idea. I had kale chips recently for the first time and fell in love with them. Do you think baking them loses any nutrients? I am going to try this next time I get kale at the market. Thanks for sharing!

  34. says

    You know I have eaten kale my whole life. I have even always liked it. But it’s just been recently that I wasn’t ashamed to admit that! I am happy to see kale move to the front of the culinary line. GREG

  35. says

    Sylvie, this is such a smart idea. I have enjoyed kale in every which way, but never ground into a powder. You are right, the applications are endless! The vinaigrette sounds awesome 🙂

  36. says

    I’ve also started noticing kale. I’m sure it was always there in my local markets, but I never gave it much thought. Thank you for introducing interesting tidbits about it.

    I like what you’ve done here with this kale powder…how ingenious and a healthy and smart way to use it!

  37. says

    Sylvie you are a genius mam!! I love this idea I can’t wait to try it — beautiful photos as always, my eyes have missed you 🙂 Good to be back to this lovely post!

  38. says

    What an awesome idea! I can’t wait to try this over EVERYTHING and what a great way to get some into my 4-year-old’s meal.

    Seriously, Sylvie, how do you make something as simple as a kale bunch look this photogenic?!

  39. says

    awesome idea! I just started eating kale after a similar experience to yours. I am going to try out this technique!!!!

  40. says

    Brilliant! I crumble kale chips over rice and toss the chips into salads for texture, but never took it to this next level. Great idea. Do you store the powder at room temperature?

    • says

      If you aren’t going to be using it right away I’d store it in the fridge in an airtight container, it will last longer that way but if it’s just for a few days to a week there’s no problem keeping it at room temperature.

  41. Shaylee says

    Love this idea! I can’t wait to do this. One question, about how long will the Kale powder last in an airtight glass container?