The Key To Cutting Romaine Lettuce Like A Professional

While some might think salads are boring, their versatility makes them a great way to get in your veggies either as sides or by themselves: They're rich in nutrients and usually have simple recipes to follow. Plus, you can add ingredients you like. However, those who struggle with their chopping techniques may have a hard time. Don't worry: The Internet has the hack you need to improve your lettuce-chopping game.

When cutting romaine lettuce, a classic base for spring salads or the well-known Caesar, use a cutting board and a clean, sharp knife. A TikTok video proposes cutting the head of romaine lettuce through the middle lengthwise with two cuts, starting from the head, until the lettuce is divided into vertical strips. Leave the bottom intact, as this is removed at the end. Then, you can chop both halves at once or individually. While cutting, move the knife through the lettuce horizontally and put space between each cut based on the size of strips you want. Romaine lettuce can work in small thin strips or large, thicker ones for a crunchier salad. Finally, whenever you use a knife, curl your fingers to avoid slicing your fingertips and start slowly.  

Now that you've nailed your cutting technique, you may have other questions about preparing vegetables. As with any other food, correct washing and storage are crucial for getting the best results with any dish you prepare.

Wash and cut your lettuce right before serving it

Although discoloring is a natural process for lettuce, which means it is still safe to eat while brown, your romaine lettuce may not be in the best state. Try chopping the freshest, greenest lettuce possible — and make sure your chopping utensils have been thoroughly washed, too.

On a Reddit forum, some discussed the belief that lettuce browns because of the metal in the knife and suggested tearing it instead. According to McGill University, when lettuce is torn — no matter the medium — some cells are damaged, and browning starts. The knife isn't to blame, except if this utensil is not thoroughly clean, which can bring bacteria to the lettuce and a higher risk of foodborne illness. A sharp knife is an excellent tool, as it creates uniform slices. With the lengthwise cutting hack shown on TikTok, this task should be done in a few seconds.


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When stored properly in the fridge, lettuce can last 7 to 10 days. That being said, if you doubt your storage skills, chop your lettuce right before serving to avoid making one mistake people make when making a salad. Wash lettuce beforehand (although some people wash lettuce in a colander after chopping), and remove any brownish or bad-looking parts with your knife.