The endlessly hip kale salad seems to appear everywhere these days, from our mom’s Sunday dinner table to every restaurant in town. 

It’s a healthy choice—kale is great roughage, after all!—but sometimes, it’s punishingly healthy-tasting (you know, like the bad kind of healthy-tasting). The hearty green is different from lettuce or spinach, so you shouldn’t treat it the same way. 

We asked the ladies of the test kitchen—senior food editor Dawn Perry, senior associate food editor Alison Roman, assistant editor Claire Saffitz, and test kitchen contributor Alfia Muzio—to dish on the mistakes people make when tossing together one of these salads.