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7 Ways To Make A Better Kale Salad

We've all had that terrible kale salad experience where it feels like the inside of your mouth is being assaulted by a giant tree. Here's how to avoid that.

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In general, lacinato kale works better.

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It's a little bit sweeter and more delicate (less crunchy and easier to chew) than curly kale, and its ribs (that hard stalk that runs through the middle of each leaf) are edible, so you can use the whole leaf.

Recipe: Raw Kale Salad with Turnips

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Once you've sliced the kale, let it sit with a little oil and salt for about half an hour before mixing with other ingredients and dressing.

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Kale leaves have a natural waxy coating that is great for protecting them from rain. Unfortunately, it also protects them from salad dressing, which does not make for a delicious salad. Rubbing the leaves with oil before dressing them actually removes this waxy coating, so that the leaves better absorb the dressing.

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Try "massaging" the dressing into the kale.

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Seriously, this is a thing that people do. Instead of just tossing the kale leaves in dressing with salad tongs, use your hands to really mix everything together and make sure you've coated every leaf.

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