How to Produce a Chiffonade

Learn how the pros quickly and easily cut ribbons from flat leafy greens and herbs
Cooking School: Chiffonading

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How to Produce a Chiffonade
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This technique can be applied to any wide, flat leaf.

Chiffonade (the French word for “made of rags”) is a technique for cutting long thin strips of herbs and leafy greens.

Though it’s typically used to quickly (and easily) create a beautiful, fresh herb garnish for dishes like soups or pastas, it's also a good way to cut larger leafy greens into strips for salads or stir-fries.

Here’s an easy way to produce a chiffonade.

First, wash your leaves to remove any dirt and gently pat them dry with a clean towel. Next, stack them one on top of the other into a small pile. Be careful that you don't stack too many at once or they will be difficult to roll.

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Then, roll the leaves tightly in a length-wise direction, so that you have the longest possible roll.

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With your fingertips tucked back to avoid getting cut, carefully slice through the roll at even intervals to produce long, thin, ribbon-like strips.

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Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.

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