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A common method for prepping a kale salad is the OG chopping technique that gets those fiber-packed leaves into perfect bite-size pieces. You might want to put down the chef’s knife, though, because one food expert actually prefers a different kitchen tool to get the job done. And, bonus: It could save you a whole lot of time in the kitchen.

Sara Forte, the blogger behind Sprouted Kitchen, recently shared her genius salad-chopping technique on her Instagram Story, and it involves none other than a bowl, those voluptuous greens, and a sharp pair of kitchen shears. “I’m always looking for ways to clean one less item in the kitchen,” she tells me. “I pull the ribs away—I don’t care for the tough texture—rip it into big pieces into the mixing bowl, then go after it with scissors. This spares me the cutting board and knife, and also greens flying all over the counter.”

“I pull the ribs away, rip it into big pieces into the mixing bowl, then go after it with scissors. This spares me the cutting board and knife, and also greens flying all over the counter.” —Sara Forte of Sprouted Kitchen on cutting kale with scissors

To make a salad as flawless as Forte’s, grab one large bundle of stemmed kale and a bowl larger than you think need. “This gives you space to maneuver through the greens and avoids them jumping out of the bowl,” she says. Then, instead of mixing your dressing separately, save another dish and do it right in the bowl, too. “I usually use the juice of one small lemon, 2 Tbsp of olive oil, 1 tsp of maple syrup, 1 clove of finely-grated garlic, and a big pinch of salt and pepper.”

After massaging your dressing into the kale to soften it up—and adding in any other toppings you want—you have a perfect summer salad right at your fingertips. Oh, and minimal cleanup waiting for you after you’re done devouring the nutritious dish.

This kale de-stemming trick is a salad game-changer. Or get your kale in soup-form with this hearty recipe.

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