Most of the time when we are making a salad we buy a bag of cut up lettuce. It’s not only safer but it’s faster and gives that instant gratification (which we all love) of making a salad quickly. If we have the time or are practicing cutting we will use a plastic lettuce knife. They are light and the handle is large enough to hold easily. It’s also safer at clean up time. With a plastic knife, a slip of the knife doesn’t leave a bloody mess and a frightened student or teacher :(.
For cutting tomatoes – First, I always buy Plum tomatoes and we use a small plastic knife. Plum tomatoes are easier to hold when cutting and the small plastic knife fits perfectly over the tomato when slicing. I have tried using the lettuce knife to cut tomatoes but the serrated blade is too thick to slice the tomato smoothly.
And remember to “saw, saw, saw” when cutting – don’t push your knife, it makes it harder to cut.
FYI: Wal Mart, Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond all carry the lettuce knife but the best price was on Amazon. I only paid around $4-5.00 for mine.