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(recipe, Rob Patronite & Robin Raisfeld)
Redbor kale is a fantastically frilly but super-hardy hybrid kale that comes in a magnificent shade of Crayola magenta (or is it fuchsia?) and is grown as often for ornamental purposes as it is for eating. But don't let that stop you from tossing it into a salad, like the one from New York's Northern Spy Food Co. (Its former chef Nathan Foot typically used the crinkly-leafed cavolo nero_ variety, but his method applies just as well to other types.) It's funny to think that, not so long ago, offering a pile of raw kale to the general dining public was tantamount to offering them a bale of hay. Not so in these kale-crazed days. The trick is cutting the leaves into thin strips and hand-mixing them vigorously with olive oil, salt, and lemon juice, as if you were shampooing a Labradoodle, which has a delicious tenderizing effect.