Are you struggling with how to cut a tomato but unable to find the right way? There are numerous ways to cut a tomato perfectly: slices, diced into a salad, or some wedges. Here is a foolproof method of cutting tomatoes in four different ways. We use these techniques in everything from our Native American Salmon recipe to our Dr. Oz Salmon recipe!
Learning how to cut a tomato guarantees your salads will have aesthetic half-moon tomatoes, your burgers will have thin tomato slices, and your salsas will have perfect dice. Tomatoes appear in cuisines worldwide – including the Norwegian diet – and we’ll share our favorite ways to cut them.
Here is a step-by-step guide for how to cut the perfect tomatoes, including some extra tips and proven techniques that can be utilized in your kitchen.
Different Uses and Cuts for Tomatoes
Dices: the pillar of any salsa, creamy guacamole, fresh salads, or egg breakfast such as omelet, frittatas, and quiche.
Slices: an integral part of any burger stack, sandwich, and the hero of every Caprese salad.
Wedges: Salads or just plain wedges drizzles with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
3 Proven Ways; How to Cut a Tomato?
Despite how you want your tomatoes, having a sharp knife at hand will make it much simpler! Serrated or bread knives work wonders, especially on softer, more ripe tomatoes. It’s okay if you don’t have a serrated knife; a sharp blade in the kitchen will work too.
How to Cut a Tomato Slice?
- Place the tomato sideways, so the head of the tomato faces your left or right. Slice off the tomato head and discard the stem.
- Then thinly cut the tomatoes into parallel slices, starting your way from the top to the bottom of the tomato.
These perfectly round tomato slices are ready to be added to your burgers and BBQ platters!
How to Cut Diced Tomatoes?
- This one is easy. Start by using the same sliced tomatoes from the previous step.
- Now cut the slices into thin strips.
- Hold the slides together from the side and cut crosswise again in the opposite direction.
- When you cut tomatoes this way, a good amount of meat is left on each piece.
Add these diced tomatoes to your favorite salsas, guac, and frittatas.
For dicing, you can use a variety of tomatoes, such as Roma Tomatoes and Tomatoes-on-the-Vine. However, Beefsteak Tomatoes will result in firm dices and yield less meat.
How to Cut Tomato Wedges?
- The first step is to place the tomatoes with the stem facing upward. Next, cut and discard the green stem. Using your sharp knife, slice the tomato in half, starting from the stem to the bottom.
- Next, cut it in half again from the stem to the bottom to make quarters.
- Removing the stem green part is a choice. If you want, you can keep it on.
- You can cut smaller, even smaller wedges by cutting through the quarter of the already cut wedges. But, again, make sure to cut from the stem part.
Viola! You now have beautifully cut tomato wedges for your salads.
More Tips on How to Cut a Tomato.
Here are some more tried and tested tips on how to cut a tomato:
- Always use sharp knives – Before you cut the perfect tomatoes, make sure your knives are sharp. A sharper knife is safer and cuts cleaner, precise slices. Dull knives, on the other hand, can cause the knife to slip mid-cut.
- Use a wooden cutting board – A plastic cutting board will get wet and become slippery. When cutting tomatoes, ensure your board is dry and fixed on the countertop.
Cut tomatoes in the end – If you have lots of vegetables to cut for a meal, start with the least messy ones. Tomatoes are juicy with lots of meat and seeds. So save them for the last.
Best Ways to Use Tomato Wedges
You can add tomato wedges in appetizers, salads, or as a flavorful side. Here are a few ideas for serving sharped cut tomato wedges:
- Our Longhorn Salmon Recipe includes tomato wedges on the side. These juicy, red, and meaty tomatoes are drizzled with olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper to make them more flavorful.
- Try a new salad recipe with red onion, feta, thinly sliced cucumbers, tomato wedges, and a balsamic dressing.
- Use tomato wedges to make Caprese skewers by adding a balsamic glaze, a pinch of salt and pepper, and some bocconcini cheese.
- Our favorite is an avocado toast topped with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and tomato wedges.
- Here are some mouth-watering recommendations to add your cut tomatoes to; Lettuce Tomato Cucumber Salad Recipe, Tomato Bruschetta, and Vegan Cavatappi Pasta with Tomatoes & Spinach