How to Cut Romaine Lettuce

Here’s how to cut romaine lettuce for a salad. Here are simple step by step photos to show you how!

diced romaine lettuce.

If you’re looking for a way to cut romaine lettuce (also known as cos lettuce) quickly and easily for salads, this is how you do it! When making salad, I like everything to be bite sized so it’s important for me to dice them all up evenly. It can be confusing at first glance since a head of romaine lettuce looks kind of odd but here’s how to cut your romaine lettuce into salad-ready pieces.

I have a handful of salad recipes coming up and thought it’d be easier to make a post sharing how to cut romaine lettuce for it instead of explaining it in every single post. Hopefully you find this helpful!

How to Cut Romaine Lettuce for Salads

  • Wash your head of romaine lettuce and shake off excessive water.
  • Cut the romaine lettuce in half lengthwise.
  • Make an angled cut to remove the core of the romaine lettuce.
  • Turn the lettuce cut-side down and cut it in half again lengthwise. (Or in thirds if you have a wide head of lettuce)
  • Cut the lettuce from the core’s end to the tips into bite sized pieces.
  • Wash again if desired.
diced romaine lettuce.

FAQs

Do you wash the lettuce before or after?

You can do either. I like to wash my lettuce beforehand and then do a quick rinse after. If you have a salad spinner, it’s much easier to wash and dry after you’ve diced up your romaine lettuce.

Is romaine lettuce healthy?

Don’t mistake romaine lettuce for iceberg lettuce. While iceberg lettuce isn’t nutritionally dense, romaine lettuce has vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate, and more.

How do I store romaine lettuce?

Before cutting: Before cutting my romaine lettuce, I leave it in the package it came in inside of my crisper drawer in the fridge. I try to use it within the week.
After cutting: After cutting up my lettuce, I place them in a vented container inside of the fridge. Add in a paper towel to absorb any excessive moisture.

How do I pick the best romaine lettuce?

At the store, the romaine lettuce should be fresh and crisp. Avoid any with limp or wilted leaves or leaves with yellowed edges.

Recipes to Use Chopped Lettuce For

Links are coming soon for each of these recipes. Stay tuned!

  • Chopped Chicken Salad
  • Chicken Cobb Salad (Meal Prep)
  • Chopped Salad with Shrimp
  • Honey Chipotle Chicken Salad
  • Herb Chicken Thighs Salad
  • Thai Chopped Salad with Peanut Sauce
diced romaine lettuce.

How to Cut Romaine Lettuce

Here’s how to cut romaine lettuce for a salad. Here are simple step by step photos to show you how!

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Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 0 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 heads romaine lettuce

Instructions

  • Wash your head of romaine lettuce and shake off excessive water.

  • Cut the romaine lettuce in half lengthwise.

  • Make an angled cut to remove the core of the romaine lettuce.

  • Turn the lettuce cut-side down and cut it in half again lengthwise. (Or in thirds if you have a wide head of lettuce)

  • Cut the lettuce from the core’s end to the tips into bite sized pieces.

  • Wash again if desired.

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Nutrition

Serving: 4servings | Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 773mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 27262IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 3mg

Authour: Carmy

Course: Salad

Cuisine: American

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