Kale Chips And Vegan Pasta Salad

July 28, 2010 by Keri

Even with my devout love of kale, I’d never made or tried a kale chip until last night.  I’ve seen various recipes for them around blogs; I’ve even seen them packaged for sale on shelves at Whole Foods.  And despite wanting to make them for so long, this poor recipe kept getting pushed aside.  Finally, last night, I said enough is enough and got to making fresh-baked kaley goodness.  For the cheezy coating recipe I turned to the trusty Love Veggies And Yoga.  I don’t have a dehydrator yet, therefore I opted to bake them in the oven instead.  The chips turned out so addictively delicious.  Chris and I sat down at lunch and ate almost the whole batch before I even realized it!  To me, they taste like a cheezy broccoli flavored potato chip (I doubt anyone actually makes that chip flavor….).

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Speaking of deliciousness, tonight I made a vegan pasta salad recipe from Hearty Vegan testing.  It has everything going for it; it’s beautiful, quick, delicious, and the recipe made enough to feed a small army, making it a perfect dish to take to parties or gatherings.  We had it as a main dish and there was still over half of it left after each of the four of us had two bowls.  Perfect for leftovers lovers like me!

Vegan Pasta Recipes

Vegan Pasta Recipes

Vegan Pasta Recipes

Actually, I’m getting kind of hungry.  I think I might go snag a bowl of those pasta salad leftovers from the fridge right now…

What recipe have you really been meaning to try, but keep putting off or forgetting?

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  1. I do a super simple recipe for kale chips that’s awesome!
    Olive oil, garlic powder, braggs and nooch!! That’s it, it’s fantastic!

  2. Rashdent says:

    Oh the pasta salad looks awesome…plz share the recipe with us !!!

    • Keri says:

      It’s actually not mine- it’s a test recipe from the upcoming Hearty Vegan by Celine Steen and Joni Marie Newman, so I unfortunately can’t post it, but it’s going to be a great cookbook!! 🙂

  3. With all the amazing recipes going around there are just TOO many recipes I’m still meaning to try! Black Bean Brownies is on the top of my list though 😉
    Those chips look Devine! A broccoli cheese flavour sounds like a good idea…:) I LOVE leftovers too- my boyfriend thinks I’m crazy to eat my meals cold the next day!

    • Keri says:

      I had to try the black bean brownies too! I’d never heard of such a thing.
      And cold leftovers are the best!! 🙂

  4. Funny! I blogged about my love of kale yesterday, too! I love, love, love kale chips. I’ve tossed them in Bragg’s and tahini and WOW. I like them in the grill, I love them in the dehydrator! (I didn’t go big with the excalibur, I went middle of the road with the L’Equip dehydrator). I turn it up on high and within an hour I’m eating the whole batch 🙂

    • Keri says:

      Mm.. I think I’m going to try just making plain kale chips as well. They sound delicious!! Kale Lover’s Club here!! 🙂

  5. Yummy kale! I had kale yesterday for breakfast. So delicious. That pasta salad looks so yummy!

  6. Jessie (Bites and Pieces) says:

    Mmm, I love me some kale chips! Are those chunks of tofu in the pasta salad? It looks like feta cheese!

  7. Priyanka says:

    Honestly I have been wanting to try the cheezy dip for a long time. Looking at your success with the kale chips, I am tempted to try it too!

    • Keri says:

      I haven’t tried the dip yet, but I’d definitely recommend the cheezy kale chips! 🙂

  8. Morgan says:

    mmmmm…those kale chips look awesome!!

  9. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    “The chips turned out so addictively delicious.”—SO GLAD TO HEAR IT!!!!!!

    Thanks honey bunches for the linky love! I have been so busy, just catching up on things now but thank you so much for the shout and so happy you loved them!

    I know, I can eat an entire bunch of kale with the coating in a sitting if i didnt actively put the brakes on LOL. They are soooo addicitive. I know! Even non raw vegan hubs loves them as does 3 yr old skylar so they please the entire family 🙂

    have a great weekend and we’re lovin our Mary’s Crack too 🙂


    • Keri says:

      You’re welcome! 🙂 I need to catch up too.. I think there are like 200 posts in my reader right now. EEP! Hope your weekend is going well too!!

  10. Tiffany says:

    I love kale chips! They really do have that potato chip quality about them, even without a coating–it’s pretty awesome. But the cheesy coating is definitely something I want to try.

    There are so many recipes I have bookmarked–online and in my big stack of cookbooks–but lately I’ve had my eye on Happy Herbivore’s recipe for baked vegan corn dogs.

  11. Michelle says:

    Kale chips are on my list to try. Maybe I’ll try today, as I did just get back from the store with a big ol bunch of kale. Off to find the cheese recipe….

  12. Jennifer says:

    I tried kale chips for the first time (in fact, kale for the first time) earlier this week, and they did such a number on my stomach that I don’t know what to do with the rest of the kale in my fridge. As for taste…My browser kept dying when I visited the Love Veggies and Yoga blog for the recipe, so I made do with sea salt, olive oil, nutritional yeast, and garlic. The result tasted like sea salt, olive oil, nutritional yeast, and garlic with interesting undertones of overcooked broccoli and dry autumn leaf. Sigh. I guess it wasn’t meant to be!

    • Keri says:

      Aww, I’m sorry it messed with your stomach; I wonder why. Don’t give up on kale yet! It’s magical! 🙂
      LVAY actually kills my browser often too; I’m not sure why that happens. Hers is just a red pepper, nutritional yeast, salt, agave, cashews, and lemon juice in the blender. I definitely get the broccoli, but I love that flavor! Haha

  13. Jennifer says:

    While I was rolling around in gastro-intestinal distress, I looked up kale stomach pain on Google (nerdiness alert) and learned that kale, like other vegetables in the cabbage family, can cause bloating and gas. Which is weird, because I can handle lots of broccoli (love it, just not overcooked!). I blogged about my full kale chip experience a few days ago, if you’re interested. No graphic details. 🙂