When most people think of Kale, they think of lacinato kale, the kind that looks like dinosaur skin. lacinato kale is great, but we actually much prefer red russian kale. red russian kale is much sweeter, more tender, and much better for making salads. It’s easy to distinguish red russian kale by its frilly edges, red to purple stem, and sweet flavor. You can use it in a variety of ways, just like you would lacinato kale.
red russian kale is a great addition to any salad, gratin or soup. Everyone loves a good salad; massage these leaves in a simple vinaigrette then slice the kale into thin ribbons. Eat those ribbons as a salad, or add them to a pot of lentils or grains. red russian kale doesn’t need to cook for long to make it tender, and it makes for a really hearty and healthy meal.