Tomato Tahini Kale Chips

by Gena on May 26, 2010

Wow! I’m so glad that you’re as into salad dressings (and the nutrient dense salads they help to create) as I am. I’ve spent the week using my tomato tahini dressing up in various ways, and enjoying them all!

One of my favorite applications so far is to use the dressing as a marinade for kale chips. Most rawcurious eaters (and many non-curious ones, too!) have experimented with kale chips before. I was actually late to jump on the kale chip bandwagon, when I played around with Averie’s kale chips in Florida. Now that I’ve discovered them, I’ve prepared them in various ways: raw and cooked, dressed up and plain. It had never occurred to me to use tahini on my kale chips, but on Monday, as I dove into a bowl of massaged raw kale and tomato tahini dressing at lunchtime, I thought “why not?” Luckily, I had some kale that was about to lose its freshness in the fridge, and plenty of dressing.

The “recipe”? Easy. Wash, chop, and spin a very small bunch of curly kale (or half a bunch of large kale). Make sure it’s quite dry. Then, cover it in 1/4 cup tomato tahini dressing and massage it with your hands till its evenly coated. Load it onto a dehydrator tray, and dehydrate it for 8 hours or so. When it’s done, it should look like this (sorry for the blurry photo!):

And they’ll smell nice and tangy.

The finished product:

I’ve found some kale chip recipes to be very heavy; others are far too plain (namely, the ones that only involve oil and sea salt). These are a perfect in between: decidedly flavorful, but not overly heavy or salty. Yum! If you don’t have a dehydrator, never fear: you can stick them in an oven that’s on low (about 200 or 250) for an hour or two. Test them, and if they need more time, put them back in the oven till crispy!

There’s nothing I love more than recipes that can double up in applications: dressings that can be marinades; soups that can be dips; raw “rice” that can be a stuffing or a salad topper–you get the idea!

Hope you try the dressing–and these chips–very soon! I can’t wait to hear what you think :) I’ll be back soon!


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Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Totally missed your dressing post :( but i made a remarkable strawberry/balsamic dressing in the blender and i thought of you as I blended!! SO GOOD!


Danielle (Runs on Green) May 26, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Tomato tahini dressing sounds heavenly :) I’ve made kale chips before but I always burn them! I think I’ll try the dehydrating method


Kenzie (Healthy Purpose) May 26, 2010 at 11:53 pm

these look awesome–i’m late on the kale chip wagon as well. i had a failed attempt once and never went back. but now im feeling inspired again!


jenny (green food diaries) May 27, 2010 at 12:29 am

i was late to jump on the kale bandwagon, too. i only tried about two weeks ago (bought it from a local raw vegan resto) and was HOOKED. i tried four different flavours they had and defs liked the cashew/red pepper/nooch combo the best.

i think i’ll stop being lazy and actually make these in the oven this time.


BroccoliHut May 27, 2010 at 12:43 am

Need. Kale. Now.


Katie May 27, 2010 at 1:36 am

I always just make mine with oil and salt. I am boring, I guess. I’ve tried them dehydrated, but they weren’t as crispy- maybe I jumped the gun and took them out too soon?


Jackie (Peaces of Earth) May 27, 2010 at 2:36 am

Tahini makes the most perfect kale chips ever!! My first kale chip experience a couple of years ago involved tahini and I haven’t looked back since. :)


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 27, 2010 at 6:32 am

I love kale chips!! Yes, yes I said it! I love a veggie!


Amy @ The adventures of a Ginger Grad Student May 27, 2010 at 7:17 am

I love kale chips in any form! I first tried them a couple months ago and since then I’ve been experimenting with different toppings, though I must say I really do enjoy just the plain salted ones, they go great with a nice pasta sauce, and they don’t over power the dish. But I think I need to give these a try, they look so delicious!



Stefanie May 27, 2010 at 8:27 am

Yum! Its not helping my kale craving. Must try this.


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 27, 2010 at 8:40 am

I’ve been traveling…going back to check the dressing post right now!!

Kale chips are so good…I haven’t made them in WAY too long! Perhaps this weekend… :-)


Valerie @ City|Life|Eats May 27, 2010 at 8:52 am

What an awesome idea :) Will definitely have to try it. I am planning to buy a dehydrator this summer – curious if you have an excalibur five or nine tray. i am leaning towards the later, but worried it might be too big for my tiny city apartment.


Gena May 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Valerie — I have a 5 tray. I don’t use my dehydrator very often (unless I’m SUPER pressed for time and need lots of snacks to go), so I’d never use a 9 tray!


Annie D. from Annie'sSimpleLife May 27, 2010 at 8:52 am

Those look FABULOUS!!!!! I haven’t gotten any kale in a long time, but I think you have inspired me to do so again!


Lauren May 27, 2010 at 8:59 am

Great mind.. I just made kale chips for the first time in months the other day! Never made them with a dressing though, these look amazing!! I could dive right in!


Christine (The Raw Project) May 27, 2010 at 9:14 am

These look like a great way to use the kale and tomatoes in my garden, my sisters think it’s the best thing ever when I bring them kale chips. Thanks!


Camille (Raw Candy) May 27, 2010 at 9:36 am

Looks yummy, Gena! My favourite kale chips recipe is similar to yours… tomato + tahini base, with some liquid smoke and paprika for spiciness. They’re just like BBQ chips :)


Ilana May 27, 2010 at 11:21 am

I’ve only tried my hand at kale chips once, but I think I can get behind this recipe!


sophia May 27, 2010 at 11:31 am

Tomato and tahini chips! Lovely! I wish there was a line of potato chips in that flavor, too. Not that you would approve, haha. ;-p


Catherine May 27, 2010 at 11:47 am

I don’t have a dehydrator, so I appreciate the tip about keeping the oven at 200/250 for similar results! Can’t wait to try this.


Bianca- Vegan Crunk May 27, 2010 at 11:55 am

I love kale chips, but I’ve not tried dehydrating them for raw kale chips. I think I’ll have to try your dressing and make some raw ones for my next raw food day!


Veronica (lifewithnature) May 27, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I love the idea of “all purpose” food! It makes a refreshing change to my routine without having to look for other recipes. Once you know something’s good, why not take the full advantage of it! Especially when it’s healthy AND delicious!

I never tried kale chips yet since I thought I needed a dehydrator. I’m not fond of letting my oven run for a long period, but I just brought a big kale bunch from the store, and I love healthy snacks. Maybe I’ll give it a try. If I do, you can be sure that I’ll post the results on my blog!


Aletheia May 27, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Cool, butttttt I’m so over kale chips. JUST KIDDING – ha!

I think I’m going to make tomato tahini dehydrated chickpeas. :)


miss v May 27, 2010 at 3:10 pm

i never make kale chips – because when there is kale in the house, i’m scarfing it down so fast it never makes it to the dehydrator!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 27, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Gosh I neglect my reader for 24 hrs and you’re a posting machine! And thank you for the link:) You’re so sweet to mention mine rendition!

As for this: “I’ve found some kale chip recipes to be very heavy; others are far too plain (namely, the ones that only involve oil and sea salt).”


And I love the tomato version you’ve created. I am not really a super tahini loving girl but I can get on board b/c i adore tomatoes!

Thanks Gena for your linky lovin :)


bitt May 28, 2010 at 2:43 am

i like to put leftover curry sauce on kale chips. mmm.


Melanie @ I Dream of Tahini May 28, 2010 at 9:34 am

Tahini is awesome on Kale chips. A week or two ago I posted a recipe of some Tahini Kale chips I made. They were so good, although super rich. Kept me from eating them all at once :)


Deborah (The Food Psychologist) May 30, 2010 at 2:03 pm

These sound delicious! I’ve been making simple Tuscan kale chips with olive oil and sea salt, and I can’t wait to try these.


Ricki May 31, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Love kale chips of all sorts (even the plain oil and salt ones!), so I’m sure I’ll enjoy these. And since I’ve gone bonkers over your other dressings, I have no doubt! :)


Judith June 5, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Inspiring. I’m making kale chips right now.


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