Wednesday, November 14, 2012

How to Chiffonade Collard Greens

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Although collard greens taste lovely raw, preparing them using the chiffonade technique and then gently sauteing them is another good way to enjoy the greens in a stirfry, salad or just by themselves. This is more of a method than a recipe, and the ingredients listed below are simply a suggestion, as the focus of this preparation is all about transforming the collard greens from large, flat leaves into soft, spaghetti-like tendrils.

collard greens leaves
dark toasted sesame oil
soy sauce or tamari
sriracha or red chili pepper flakes
sesame seeds

Slice away the tough veins from the center of the collard greens leaves. (I use these veins for making stock later.) Stack 8-10 halves of leaves on top of each other and roll tightly.

Using a very sharp knife, chop the roll into thin slices to produce spiral-like ribbons. 

Then wash the sliced collard greens very well under cold water and pat dry. Place the collard greens into a saute pan with a few dashes of sesame oil, soy sauce and sriracha or chili pepper flakes and saute over medium heat for only one to two minutes, stirring continuously. Remove from the heat and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve immediately.


  1. I made this last night, and it was a simple and delicious little side dish. I added a packet of stevia for a little sweet with the sesame and salty soy. I was also thinking this would look beautiful mounded on top of one of your marinated/pan seared tofu steaks:)

  2. Glad you enjoyed it, Leila! What a great serving idea!

  3. This was such a great recipe! I am not the biggest fan of collard greens, but I keep getting them in my CSA. Thanks for helping me give collard greens a second chance :) I also added some sushi vinegar at the end.

  4. Can't wait to try this! At first glance, it strikes me as a local, healthy (sans food dye and sugar) alternative to seaweed salad! I bet it would pair nicely with veggie sushi!


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