Bibb Lettuce and Watercress with Lemon-Mint Dressing Recipe

Bibb Lettuce and Watercress with Lemon-Mint Dressing Recipe
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Bibb Salad

Yasmin Fahr

Bibb Salad

The brightness of the lemon-mint dressing nicely balances out the slighty spicy bitterness of the watercress in this simple salad. Letting the salad sit for a few minutes before serving softens up the leaves as the lemony-mint dressing is soaked up. Blood oranges or any other type of citrus is a great addition for some added color. Try serving this dish with a simply cooked piece of white fish for a healthy, balanced meal. 

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  • 2 tablespoons good quality extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
  • Juice of ½ lemon, plus more as needed
  • 1 sprig of mint, leaves removed and chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 head of Bibb or Boston lettuce, trimmed
  • 1 bunch of red or green watercress (about 1-2 cups), stems removed
  • 2 sprigs cilantro or basil, leaves removed, chiffonaded (optional)
  • 1 blood orange, segmented
  • Sunflower seeds (optional)


In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, mint, salt, and pepper. Taste. Re-season as necessary, adding more lemon or oil as needed. Set aside.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl. Mix the dressing so it's combined, then pour over the salad. Toss gently, preferably using your hands, until all the leaves are coated. Let sit for about 5 minutes, then serve immediately.

Bibb Lettuce Shopping Tip

Buy green leafy vegetables like arugula, watercress, and collards – they are good sources of vitamins A, C, and K and minerals like iron and calcium.

Bibb Lettuce Cooking Tip

Brighten up sandwiches or salads with small, tender leaves like spinach and add larger, tougher leaves like kale to soups and stews.