Cut basil leaves using a knife or scissors. A knife is the correct tool for mincing or creating a chiffonade,and scissors work best for snipping basil into salads or other dishes.Continue Reading
Wash the basil under cold running water to remove sand. Blot dry using a clean kitchen towel.
Stack the basil leaves so the stems all face in the same direction. Beginning with the stem end, roll the basil into a straw shape.
Use a knife to cut across the roll, beginning at either end. Make thin slices to create ribbons of basil. The ribbon cut is a chiffonade that can be used as is. Alternatively, cut across the ribbons to mince the basil.
Use scissors to snip whole basil leaves directly into a dish. Begin at the narrow tip and cut the corners in the shape of small triangles.