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Kale Salads

Kale salads can make a bad first impression if you treat them like your typical salad. Kale is a hearty, thick green, which means you need to take a few extra steps to make sure it’s palatable in your dish. Try massaging your kale in your favorite dressing or a combination of olive oil and salt to soften it up and remove some of the bitterness. Giving your greens the spa treatment may sound absurd, but a quick massage (less than five minutes) really makes a difference. To test out your skills and find new recipes, turn to Food & Wine’s guide.

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Chile-Kale Salad with Fennel

Rethink your classic kale salad with this Indian-inspired version from Graffiti Earth chef Jehangir Mehta. In place of croutons, Mehta uses store-bought crispy chickpeas for that perfect crunch. Slideshow: More Kale Salad Recipes 

Kale Salad with Root Vegetables and Apple

This refreshing, superhealthy salad is one of chef Marcus Samuelsson’s favorite ways to showcase kale; massaging the leaves with vinegar, salt and olive oil makes them tender and sweet. This recipe is adapted from the chef’s book Marcus Off DutySlideshow:  More Thanksgiving Kale Recipes 

Kale & Apple Salad with Pancetta and Candied Pecans

Kale is a marvelous green for salads because it's hearty enough to handle hefty ingredients like nuts and meat, plus it doesn't wilt as it sits on the table. When chef Ryan Hardy makes this kale salad for Thanksgiving dinner at Montagna at the Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado, he deep-fries the pecans, but it's quicker (and less messy) to toast them in the oven.Plus: F&W's Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide More Thanksgiving Salads

Kale Salad with Chicken

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Kale salads are great with a dressing that relies on cured fish, like anchovies or the salted oysters I make, which I call ‘oy-chovies,’” says chef Spike Gjerde.
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Kale Salad with Miso and Pistachios

Andrew Zimmern breaks from the standard kale salad by adding pistachios and sesame seeds for rich nuttiness and a bright, vinegary miso dressing. Plus: Andrew Zimmern's Kitchen Adventures Slideshow: Delicious Kale Recipes