Baked Arugula Chips

The flavor of arugula can be a little harsh for some tastes.  For me personally, I have grown to love the bitter green leaves I once persistently spit out as a kid.

The key is to compliment its bitterness with other sweet and savory ingredients, such as a light raspberry vinaigrette, a good blue cheese, or freshly slivered pear.

However, another option is to pop those leaves in the oven to create a “chip” that keeps the pungent arugula flavor while diminishing some of its bitterness.  This is a great way to use up some of that arugula that may have hung out a little too long in the garden.

Arugula leaves won’t physically hold up quite as well as other greens, such as kale, but the oven-baked chips are just as tasty, resulting in a unique, slightly peppery, healthy and satisfying snack.  Pairing the arugula with the sweet and smoky flavor of smoked paprika and adding a little kick with some hot sauce, these chips make arugula irresistible, even for those a little weary about the bitter green.

Baked Arugula Chips

-4 cups of arugula

-1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil

-1 tsp. smoked paprika

-2 tsp. Cholula

-Dash salt and pepper

Preheat oven 350F.  In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, paprika, Cholula, and dash of salt and pepper.  Toss arugula with olive oil mixture.  Spread out on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.  Bake for about 15 minutes, or until leaves begin to crisp, stirring once or twice throughout the cooking period.

Note:  These do tend to fall apart much easier than a sturdy kale or collard leave.  Make sure to thoroughly pat leaves dry before tossing them with oil.  You may need to remove them from the oven in batches.

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9 Comments

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    Nicole
    November 16, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Huh!! I don’t liked cooked arugula, but baked to a crisp I may be able to love 🙂 How creative, and unlike kale, arugula is naturally bite-sized!

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    November 16, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I love arugula. I’ve been too nervous to make kale chips (I’m not 100 percent sure I’d like them) but this I could do. I agree that arugula is best with something sweet. I love it with pear and goat cheese.

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    Taylor
    November 16, 2010 at 8:41 am

    I still have not done the kale chip thing, but I live with someone who would probably die and go to heaven if I made arugula chips. Good idea!

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    melindard
    November 16, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Hmm, maybe I should try some. I do not think I am a big fan of arugula, but it seems my tastes have changed recently.

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes
    November 16, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    I love arugula. I never thought of baking it. Thanks for the idea!

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    Angela (the diet book junkie)
    November 16, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    what a great idea! we eat a lot of arugula (or “rocket” they call it here) and i could stand to change things up a bit. thanks for sharing!

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    Cel Maarsh
    March 27, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Tried baked arugula with olive oil, smoked paprika and sea salt, added some chilled avocado slices to the plate before tasting and wow, absolutely fantastic flavors. Thanks for the recipe!

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      grace
      March 27, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Avocado and arugula, can’t go wrong with that!

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