chif·​fo·​nade ˌshi-fə-ˈnād How to pronounce chiffonade (audio) ˌshi-fə-ˈnäd How to pronounce chiffonade (audio)
: shredded or finely cut vegetables or herbs used especially as a garnish

Examples of chiffonade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of oil, reserved sautéed zucchini, puréed zucchini mixture, the chiffonade of basil and a 4-ounce ladle of pasta cooking water, stirring to combine. Dallas News, 7 June 2022 Fortunately for the table, the crusty pork Milanese shows up as merely a substantial cutlet splayed across a chiffonade of snap peas and fresh mint. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 After baking and cooling slightly, sprinkle with powdered sugar and fresh basil—cut chiffonade for the fanciest presentation—for a light and pretty garnish. Sheena Chihak, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Aug. 2021 Stack the mint leaves and slice into very fine strips (chiffonade)., 17 Sep. 2020 Knife skills workshop — Mark Jasso will show how to cut, dice, julienne and chiffonade. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Dec. 2019 Sprinkle basil chiffonade over the top, or overlap the slices and place basil leaves between the slices. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Aug. 2019 Top with buffalo mozzarella, basil chiffonade, balsamic syrup, and capers. Multiple Authors, House Beautiful, 1 May 2010 There's another fantastic element in this salad: fresh basil chiffonade. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, 2 July 2014 See More

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Word History


French chiffonnade, from chiffonner to crumple, from chiffon

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chiffonade was in 1877

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Cite this Entry

“Chiffonade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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