How to Cut Lettuce for Tacos

Shred lettuce with a knife or food processor.
Shred lettuce with a knife or food processor. (Image: Images)

Large pieces of lettuce often slide off tacos, which causes frustration. Shredded lettuce enhances the texture and flavor of tacos. While purchasing shredded lettuce in a packaged bag seems appealing, a head of lettuce usually costs less; and although the process of shredding the lettuce may look challenging, it actually does not take much time. After you shred the lettuce, store it in a plastic storage bag in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.

Things You'll Need

  • Cutting board
  • Chef's knife
  • Food processor

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Chef’s Knife

Put the lettuce on a clean cutting board. Slice through the core and cut the lettuce into quarters.

Place one of the quarter sections facing down on the cutting board.

Grab a chef’s knife and hold it perpendicular to the lettuce.

Slice the lettuce down toward the cutting board into 1/8 to 1/4-inch shreds.

Food Processor

Chop the head of lettuce into small sections that fit into the food processor. For best results, slice the lettuce head into quarters with a chef's knife. Slice each quarter section in half.

Place two or three sections into a food processor. Secure the lid tightly.

Pulse the food processor to shred the lettuce.

Remove the shredded lettuce. Shred the remaining sections.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wash the lettuce in a strainer after you chop it to remove any dirt or debris.
  • Dry lettuce thoroughly before you store it to prevent it from wilting.
  • Avoid packing too many lettuce sections into the food processor because the produce can clog the blades.


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