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How to Dice Tomatoes

By Cook's Illustrated Published July 2010

Many recipes call for ripe tomatoes cut into 1/4-inch dice. Here's an easy way to produce uniform pieces.

When dicing tomatoes, we prefer to use a chef's knife. A paring knife is too short to make it through larger tomatoes, and while serrated knife can saw easily through leathery tomato skin, it can also tear at the flesh. A good, sharp chef's knife will nimbly cut through skin and create neat cuts in the flesh. 

1. Place tomato, cored side down, on cutting board and cut into 1/4-inch slices.

2. Stack slices in pairs and cut into ¼-inch strips.

3. Give strips quarter turn and cut crosswise into ¼-inch cubes.