A julienne is a food that has been julienned, or sliced into the shape of a skinny little matchstick. Juliennes aren’t just classy; they’re also a convenient way to get kids and other picky individuals to eat some zucchini or broccoli without facing the textural issues that tend to obsess vegetable eschewers. Give julienned vegetables a light saute to make a great side for a fish filet, or stir them up into a simple pickled salad to lend tang and color to your rice or noodle bowl. Chefs julienne vegetables so they cook evenly, and to make restaurant-worthy slaws and sides. But as anyone who’s tried it will tell you, julienning with a knife alone can wear out your patience something awful.