Food·Posted on Aug 16, 20137 Ways To Make A Better Kale SaladWe'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.by Christine ByrneBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink There are two kinds of kale you'll usually find at the supermarket. foodsofparadise.wordpress.com One is curly kale: Photo by Evan-Amos / commons.wikimedia.org The other is lacinato kale, also called Tuscan kale, cavolo nero, or dinosaur kale (dino for short): taylorganic.blogspot.com Curly kale is fibrous and grassy tasting, so it's not the *best* for salads, unless you really love chewing. food52.com Recipe: Raw Kale Salad with Lentils and Sweet Apricot Vinaigrette In general, lacinato kale works better. thecooksnextdoor.com 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 eatliverun.zippykid.netdna-cdn.com Recipe: Kale Salad with Oranges, Almonds and Avocado First things first: Cut the ribs out of the leaves. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF youtube.com You do not want to eat them raw. They are hard and gross. Now, you can rough-chop the kale leaves... chocolateandchiles.com ...or you can "chiffonade" them, which means slice them into thin ribbons. Flickr: notahipster To slice them into ribbons, use this great trick: Stack and roll up a bunch of leaves: Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF youtube.com Then, slice through the roll: Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF youtube.com Chiffonade kale makes beautiful salads. smittenkitchen.com Recipe: Kale Salad with Pecorino and Walnuts Also, it's best if you're making a grain-based salad with kale. marthastewart.com How would you feel if you were a tiny little grain and a bunch of HUMUNGOUS pieces of kale came and crashed your party? Yeah, you wouldn't like it. Recipe: Vegetable-Barley Salad 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. brit.co 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. Choosing the right dressing makes a huge difference. ohsheglows.com ohsheglows.com Recipe: Weekend Glow Kale Salad with Tahini Lemon Dressing Kale is a really sturdy green, so you can use a heavy sauce. Nut-based dressings work well. dishingupthedirt.com Recipe: Raw Kale Salad with Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette Ditto ones made with avocado. foodeverywhichway.com Light, dainty vinaigrettes are no match for kale. A thicker, creamier dressing will weigh the leaves down a little bit. Recipe: Kale Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing Or, a vinaigrette with a lot of acid will break down the fibers in the kale and make it easier to chew. veganmiam.com Go heavy on citrus juice or vinegar. Recipe: Tuscan Kale Salad with Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette braisedanatomy.com This is not a typical lettuce salad — the kale won't wilt as easily — so you can use a little more dressing than usual. fiveandspice.com Those kale leaves are strong.Recipe: Kale Salad with Avocado Caesar Dressing Try "massaging" the dressing into the kale. chobani.com 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. You can even dress it a day in advance, then put it in the fridge and let all the flavors mingle. thedietschmietdiet.blogspot.com The leaves will absorb some of the dressing and get a little bit softer. Or, use a warm vinaigrette, which will cook the leaves *just* enough to take a little bit of the harsh raw crunch out. pinchandswirl.com Warm (not hot). Recipe: Kale Salad with Almonds and Warm Golden Raisin Vinaigrette If you hate raw kale, you can always make a cooked kale salad. Try roasting the leaves. foodiecrush.com Roasting the kale will soften it and make it a little bit sweeter. Remember to remove the center stems before you roast the kale leaves.Recipe: Roasted Kale and Fennel Salad with Avocado Caesar Dressing Or grilling it. bonappetit.com Soft, sweet kale with crispy, slightly bitter edges. Pairs well with fruit. Recipe: Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums And, remember that bacon has a way of making anything better. Recipe: Raw Lacinato Kale Salad with Egg and Bacon Want more amazing recipes like these? Sign up for the BuzzFeed Food newsletter, and we’ll send them to you twice a week!