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Has anyone substituted raw mustard greens, collards, or other stern leaves for kale in salads? How did it work?

Has anyone substituted raw mustard greens, collards, or other stern leaves for kale in salads? How did it work? (Fond as I am of kale, I don't know why it gets all the love to the exclusion of other winter greens.)

asked by Jennifer about 3 years ago
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added about 3 years ago

I eat all of those greens you mentioned - each has a different level of bitterness and "green" taste to them. Kale is the least bitter and most mild flavor, that is probably why it is the most popular. If you don't mind the bitterness of collard greens and especially mustard greens, your salad will be fine, I personally like any of the greens with a bit of garlic (and sometimes bacon), but I would say to try each out to determine which you like in your salads and which you think are too overpowering for your taste.

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HalfPint

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added about 3 years ago

Collards and mustard greens can be really tough as well as bitter. If you have very fresh and young collards and mustard, you can add them to salads. The young plants are often tender and sweeter.