Dishing Up the Dirt

Za’atar Spiced Kale Chips

Friday night happy hour at the farm has been looking a little bit like this recently. We have local beer on tap in the woodshed (it’s always good to keep beer on tap at the farm!) and of course, endless amounts of kale out in the fields. Saturday mornings are an extremely early wake up call for us due to the farmers market so we keep things pretty low key. But a good beer and tasty snack is all it takes to make us feel like we’re indulging in the end of the work week festivities.

These za’atar spiced kale chips are hands down the best kale chips I’ve ever made. They’re slightly tangy (thanks to the sumac in the spice blend) perfectly salty with the right amount of crunch. Taste your za’atar before adding it to the kale so you know how much salt you may need to add to the batch. I’ve made my own za’atar blend in the past (it’s really easy!) but for ease I keep a stash from my favorite spice shop (Savory Spice) on hand at all times. It has salt in the blend so I don’t add much to the kale chips. However, if you’re mix doesn’t have salt add a touch more to the kale before baking.

Pour a beer, clink glasses with someone you love, and enjoy this tasty happy hour treat. Cheers from Tumbleweed Farm!

Za’atar Spiced Kale Chips

Prep Time: 10 minutes    Cook Time: 25 minutes    Serves: 2-4

  • 1 bunch of kale, touch stems removed and torn into bite size pieces
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • za’atar for sprinkling
  • pinch of salt (if necessary)


  1. Preheat the oven to 325F.
  2. In a large bowl toss the kale leaves with the oil. Use your hands to really massage the oil into the leaves. Toss with a few generous pinches of za’atar and season with a tiny pinch of salt.
  3. Spread the kale in a single layer on 1 (or 2) baking sheets. Bake until crisp, about 18-22 minutes. Rotate the pan(s) halfway through baking.
  4. Remove from the oven and enjoy warm or at room temperature.


*Use this recipe as a guide *Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary *Cooking times will vary from kitchen to kitchen

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