Bibb Lettuce Salad with House Vinaigrette

serves 4-8

4 heads of Bibb lettuce

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 medium shallot, finely chopped

1/4 cup minced fresh chives

1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chervil (optional)

1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Carefully remove the core from each head of lettuce and separate the leaves, but keep each head of lettuce together (leaves will be reassembled); discard any tough outer leaves.  Wash and spin-dry the leaves.

Place the leaves from one head of lettuce in a large bowl.  Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper, one-fourth of the shallots, 1 tablespoon each of the chives, parsley, and chervil if using.  Then toss gently with 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette and 1 teaspoon of the lemon juice.  Arrange the outer leaves as a base on the plate and rebuild each head of lettuce, ending with the smallest, most tender leaves.  Repeat with the remaining heads of lettuce. Enjoy!

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