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How to Remove the Rib from Kale

How to Remove the Rib from Kale

Kale is having a moment: from smoothies to salads and everything in between, this leafy green is making an appearance in every cookbook. Kale is great, but the ribs—not so much. Watch this cooking video on how to remove the rib from kale to get all of what you want and none of what you don't. Learning to de-stem kale is very simple, and we’re here to help every step of the way.

How to Remove the Rib from Kale - Preparation

Take your kale out of its produce bag and rinse the leaves thoroughly with cool water to remove any grit. Dry leaves with a salad spinner or by patting them down with paper towels.

How to Remove the Rib from Kale - Instructions

  1. Lay a single leaf upside down on a cutting board and use a paring knife to cut a v shape along both sides of the rib, cutting it free from the leaf.
  2. Repeat this step with all of the kale leaves in your recipe.

Check Out Some of Our Favorite Kale Recipes

Once you’ve mastered the tricks to remove the rib from kale, roll up your sleeves and get cooking! Try this hearty green in a range of salads like the Spicy Kale Caesar Salad, Italian Sub Pasta Salad and Kale Salad with Cranberries, or add it to soups like the Rustic Tuscan Soup with Kale. Bake up a batch of Kale Chips with olive oil and Parmesan cheese for a gluten-free snack, or use it as a noodle-replacement in Kale 'Cannelloni'. Find even more inspiration with our kale recipe collection.

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