Making a dark leafy green salad has never been faster.

By Heath Goldman
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Illustration: stripping greens step 3
Discard stems and tear or chop leaves as needed.
| Credit: Kendyll Hillegas

The health benefits of kale and other dark leafy greens like collards or mustard greens are undeniable. But it can be a huge pain to prep them. Stop using your knife to cut down either side of the stem and ditch any fancy gadgets that claim to do the job. All you need is two hands, a big bowl to catch your prepped leaves, and the following tips.

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Illustration: stripping greens step 1
Credit: Kendyll Hillegas

Step 1

Hold the stem end firmly with your non-dominant hand.

Illustration: stripping greens step 2
Credit: Kendyll Hillegas

Step 2

Gather the leaves between the thumb and forefinger of your dominant hand. Pull back and away along the stem in one confident motion, applying even pressure to strip the leaves from both sides. (This works for thyme and rosemary, too.

Illustration: stripping greens step 3
Credit: Kendyll Hillegas

Step 3

Discard stems and tear or chop leaves as needed.