Tender buttery Bibb lettuce, at its flavorful best in spring, forms the basis for this simple salad, which is tossed with chopped fresh herbs and a light mustard vinaigrette. This salad is all about freshness. Use plenty of freshly picked fines herbes: parsley, chives, tarragon, and chervil; torn fresh onto a salad of Bibb lettuce, and finished with a light, and lively vinaigrette — merveilleux.
Bibb Lettuce with Fine Herb & Mustard Vinaigrette
2 heads Bibb lettuce
3 1/2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Malden salt and freshly ground white pepper, to taste
1 tbsp chopped fresh chives
1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
1 tbsp fresh chervil
1 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Separate the lettuce leaves. Tear the largest outer leaves in half, leaving the smaller leaves whole. Wash, rinse and dry the lettuce. In a large salad bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper to make a vinaigrette. Add the lettuce, chives, tarragon, chervil and parsley and toss well. Serve immediately.