in the meantime, you can chiffonade the kale leaves. (chiffonade—pronounced “shif-oh-nod”- is a knife technique used for cutting herbs and leafy vegetables such as lettuce into thin strips or ribbons) wash and rinse them nicely. kale has a thick stem. fold the leaf in half, lay it on the chopping board and trim out the stem which cuts easily. do this to all the leaves.then roll them tightly and chop into thin ribbons.