A demonstration of the chiffonade technique, using sage leaves

Chiffonade (French pronunciation: [ʃi.fɔ.nad]) is a cooking technique in which herbs or leafy green vegetables (such as spinach and basil) are cut into long, thin strips. This is generally accomplished by stacking leaves, rolling them tightly, then cutting across the rolled leaves with a sharp knife, producing fine ribbons.

"Chiffon" is French for "rag" referring to the fabric-like strips that result from this technique. To chiffonade simply means to turn into rag-like strips, as seen in the picture.

This technique is unsuited to small, narrow, or irregularly-shaped herb leaves such as parsley, thyme or rosemary due to there being less surface area for the knife to do a practical job.

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  • chiffonade — noun Etymology: French chiffonnade, from chiffonner to crumple, from chiffon Date: 1877 shredded or finely cut vegetables or herbs used especially as a garnish …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • chiffonade — /shif euh nayd , nahd /, adj. a mixture of finely cut vegetables, herbs, or the like, for use in soups, salads, etc. [1875 80; < F; see CHIFFON, ADE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • chiffonade — noun A culinary preparation of herbs or leafy vegetables cut into long, thin ribbons …   Wiktionary

  • Chiffonade — Chif|fo|na|de [ʃɪfo ...], die; , n [frz. chiffonnade] (Kochk.): als Suppeneinlage verwendetes in feine Streifen geschnittenes Gemüse …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Chiffonade — Chif|fo|na|de [ʃifo...] die; , n <zu fr. chiffonner (vgl. ↑chiffonieren) u. ↑...ade> in feine Streifen geschnittenes Gemüse, als Suppeneinlage verwendet …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • chiffonade —    (shih foh NAHD) [French, from chiffon: a rag] A mixture of greens or herbs sliced in fine ribbons, used in soups or salads …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • chiffonade — [ˌʃɪfə nα:d] (also chiffonnade) noun (plural same) a preparation of shredded or finely cut leaf vegetables, used as a garnish for soup. Origin Fr., from chiffonner to crumple …   English new terms dictionary

  • chiffonade — chif·fo·nade …   English syllables