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how to cut romaine lettuce

How To Cut Romaine Lettuce

  • Author: Ryan Limbag
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Varies


Learn how to cut romaine lettuce for salads, stir-fries, and as a topping.


  • 1 Head Romaine Lettuce


Thoroughly wash romaine leaves before making any cuts.

For Large Pieces

  1. Split romaine leaves in half lengthwise to form strips. Split them again if you want smaller pieces.
  2. Make cross cuts to make pieces the size of your liking.

For Thin Ribbons (Chiffonade)

  1. Create a stack of 2-3 similarly sized romaine leaves
  2. Fold or roll the stack into a long tube.
  3. Use your knife to make cross cuts as thin as possible.


Large lettuce pieces can also be made by tearing whole leaves by hand.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Knife Skills
  • Cuisine: Any

Keywords: cutting romaine lettuce, chopped romaine lettuce, romaine salad