Stacked Bibb Lettuces with Lemon Cream

stacked bibb lettuces lemon cream
Photo: Lennart Weibull
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins

Cream is brightened with lemon—fresh juice and zest—and used to coat tender butter lettuce in this simple green salad. The leaves are artfully arranged by size on each plate.


  • ½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons fresh juice

  • ½ teaspoon sugar

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream

  • 2 small heads Bibb or other butter lettuce (each 5 ½ ounces), cores removed, leaves washed and well dried


  1. Whisk together lemon zest and juice, 2 teaspoons water, and sugar; season with salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in cream; continue to whisk until mixture has thickened slightly.

  2. Place half of leaves from one head in a large, shallow bowl. Toss with 2 to 3 tablespoons dressing; season with salt and pepper. Arrange on a plate, starting with largest leaves and ending with smallest. Repeat with remaining lettuce leaves and 2 to 3 more tablespoons dressing. Serve with remaining dressing alongside.

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