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Jul 26, 2009 02:27 PM

Lettuce, do you cut or tear?

In the beginning.....I would only tear, heard that was the only proper way, now, being busy and making a salad nearly everday, I cut. How about you?

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  1. I tear lettuce, mostly just for the aesthetic appeal of the difference shapes and sizes.

    1. depends what i'm making. if i want a more rustic or homey look, definitely tear. but if i'm doing a chopped salad, well, then, obviously i chop it ;)

      1. I think it depends on the type of lettuce. Some (like Iceberg) seem to lend themselves to cutting, others (like Cos) seem better torn.

        1. Usually just tear it up. I think I have a plastic 'lettuce knife' floating around but it's never there when I want it. I will shred it with a knife for certain things though.

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          1. re: Boccone Dolce

            I have one of those plastic lettuce knives. The reason I bought it was the claim that the lettuce wouldn't quickly turn brown where it was cut. And surprise, surprise it works.

            1. re: mexivilla

              yep, i have a lettuce knife made of plastic. i like it!

              i'll cut or tear, depending on what i'm into at the moment. i hate it when restaurants make caesar with huge long pieces of romaine, unless they're super crisp.

              1. re: alkapal

                The only time I like whole leaves of Romaine is if its grilled...I love a good ceasar salad made with grilled romaine...actually I like any kind of salad with some good grilled romaine-made a good one a few weeks back with all grilled veggies though I did cut my lettuce before tossing the salad :-)

                1. re: fmcoxe6188

                  yes, a former chowhound told us about her delicious grilled caesar salad, too. it is a terrific idea! one feels quite virtuous eating it. ;-).

                2. re: alkapal

                  Accordeing to Julia Child, the authentic version of Caesar salad has whole Romaine leaves, which are supposed to be picked up and held in the hand.

                  1. re: greygarious

                    maybe so, but the romaine shouldn't be a stinkin' foot long! it should be the delicate, inner leaves that are 5-6" at most. most restos just lazily chop the coarse outer leaves into oversized pieces. ;-(.

            2. About the only time I can think of that I cut lettuce is iceberg for a chiffonade for tacos. Ooops! And I do cut romaine in about inch and a half pieces for Caesar salad. Yes, yes. I know. The original Caesar was made with whole romaine blades, but I prefer eating salad with a fork. Other than these two examples, I tear lettuce.

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              1. re: Caroline1

                i hate caesar salad with whole leaves too. iceberg i use a knife, everything else i generally tear.