Step 1: Learn When to Use Which Variety
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Step 1: Learn When to Use Which Variety

Curly? Red? Dinosaur? Confused yet? Learn when each of these three varieties of kale shines.

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Step 2: Learn How to Stem Kale in a Flash
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Still painstakingly cutting the fibrous ribs out of kale one leaf at a time? Let us help you out with a life-changing prep trick. (Watch the video to see what we're talking about.)

Step 3: Cook Your Way Through Our Favorite Kale Recipes
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Step 3: Cook Your Way Through Our Favorite Kale Recipes

We've got 18 — count 'em — kale recipes you need to try. Some highlights: cheesy kale chips that put store-bought to shame, kale-cannon (mashed potatoes meets kale), and a kale salad inspired by one of our favorite restaurant versions.

Photos: Anna Monette Roberts, Nicole Perry, Camilla Salem, Fresh Tart, Susannah Chen
Step 4: Get Inspired by Our Nation's Finest Kale Salads
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Step 4: Get Inspired by Our Nation's Finest Kale Salads

Worked your way through our favorite kale recipes? Get inspired to create your own masterpieces by tasting your way through our nation's best kale salads.

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