Okay, let’s talk about this Bibb Salad with Black Truffle Vinaigrette + Mimolette shall we… It’s almost difficult for me to put into words how much I love this salad. It’s so simple, yet so elegant, and it’s just absolutely show-stopping and delicious!
Last week, I was in Austin, Texas for my book tour. While visiting, I stopped for lunch at one of my favorite spots in town, June’s All Day. While dining there I enjoyed their bibb lettuce salad as a side dish and I was blown away by how delicious it was. It was elegantly dressed in a black-truffle vinaigrette, and topped off with some grated mimolette cheese. As soon as I got back to Dallas I was craving the salad again, so I made it a mission to recreate it in my kitchen.
Right after I made this and my husband and I devoured it, I looked at him and told him, “I hope you’re okay with eating this all the time”. He giggled and agreed it was simply delicious and he also wanted it all the time. There is just something about the tender, silky bibb lettuce leaves tossed in the tangy black-truffle vinaigrette. The black truffle oil does cost around $13 for a small bottle, but you only use 2 teaspoons of it for each salad–leaving you with the ability to make this salad over and over again 🙂 I also love the mimolette cheese, a hard cheese but when grated its got a fudgy texture with a nutty, salty, and buttery flavor. It’s the perfect finish on this delightful salad.
*mimolette cheese is french cheese and is fairly easy to find! I found it at the first two grocery stores I checked. If you can’t find it, a bright orange gouda would be the best substitute.
For the Black Truffle Vinaigrette:
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 2 tsp black truffle oil
- 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 small shallot, loosely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
For the Salad:
- 1 head bibb lettuce also known as: boston or butter lettuce
- 1/4 cup grated mimolette cheese
- In a small bowl, combine all of the vinaigrette ingredients. Whisk until well combined.
- Place the bibb lettuce in a large bowl. Right when ready to serve, toss with the vinaigrette until evenly coated. Top with mimolette cheese and a few extra cracks of black pepper. Serve immediately! Enjoy!
Melanie LangstonNovember 11, 2022 at 5:32 pm
I made this salad for my family last week for a celebration dinner and it was so good! My husband said it was the best dish of the night- that’s saying a lot! So, I’m making it again tonight for another family dinner! Thank you for always creating the best dishes!
AlexNovember 11, 2022 at 7:12 pm
Amazing! So glad this was a hit — one of my absolute favorites!
NatalieFebruary 8, 2022 at 1:13 am
I made this for the first time about a month ago and now I have mimolette cheese on every grocery order and quadruple the batch so we always have it on hand. All 5 members of our family (ages 5 to 38) declared it there very favorite salad ever!
Katrina DonhamJuly 20, 2021 at 8:12 pm
I’ve been eyeing this recipe for awhile now, and today I finally made it! Sure, the ingredients are bit on the pricey side but in the end you’re getting a fine dining, revolutionary salad experience. I’m calling it the next Caesar. It’s THAT good!
MaryApril 30, 2021 at 6:23 pm
Quick question for you – I volunteered to make your famous Bibb salad with black truffle/mimolette (because I love it so much) for teacher appreciation luncheon next wk. Any other suggestions for adding some more “oomph” (besides cherry tomatoes 🤷🏻♀️)? Thank you!
ChanelFebruary 7, 2022 at 11:11 pm
I have made this a few times (so obsessed), and I recently made it with some toasted slivered almonds and some chopped avocado. Keeps the salad simple (which I think is part of the charm!!)
LindsayApril 1, 2021 at 12:47 pm
I can’t find mimolette cheese in my small town. Is there another cheese that would work well?
Jenni LFebruary 3, 2021 at 7:41 pm
I have been dying to try this and finally made it over the weekend. So simple but SO delicious! I have made this every day this week 🙂
LauraFebruary 1, 2021 at 6:03 pm
So delighful! I made the recipe to test it out and ate the whole thing! I will be making it for a birthday dinner paired with a lobster risotto. It is such a nice light salad full of flavor.
ChristineJanuary 19, 2021 at 1:24 am
So simple but addictive- delicious!!!
Paige WestbrookJanuary 6, 2021 at 9:00 pm
So simple, so so so so good! I have seen Alex post on Instagram about this salad a few times so I finally braved the central market crowd to get me a bottle of truffle oil & Mimolette cheese and now they are considered staples in my house.
BeckyDecember 26, 2020 at 2:08 pm
Amazing!!! Making it again today! Thank you for this easy but incredibly savory salad!
EDecember 23, 2020 at 4:01 pm
Absolutely incredible!!! I even was able to make it ahead and toss the dressing right before and it was perfection. Huge hit at my French Dinner Party!
Joy allenDecember 23, 2020 at 3:50 pm
Will white truffle oil work? Thank you Alex & Merry Christmas!
JeanetteDecember 4, 2020 at 7:40 pm
If you love truffle it’s a must salad! I absolutely loved it!!
BrittanyDecember 2, 2020 at 2:59 pm
I’m obsessed with truffle. Perfect side salad!
LizNovember 22, 2020 at 5:52 pm
Do you have a favorite truffle oil you use? Or brand? Can’t wait to try this
AlexDecember 11, 2020 at 7:31 pm
This is one that I use (I purchased mine from Central Market)
marenNovember 19, 2020 at 1:58 am
so yummy, so savory but light!
SarahNovember 12, 2020 at 10:56 pm
This is by far my favourite salad. Pre-Covid I made it for everyone in my life and I just got struck with a craving so I’m planning to eat it for the next three dinners with some chicken!
TriciaNovember 11, 2020 at 2:48 am
I just ate at June’s last week and had this salad. It was so delicious I went on a search for a similar recipe and found this! Just ordered some truffle oil today. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for posting!
BrookeNovember 3, 2020 at 10:34 pm
I meant to leave a 5 ⭐️ Rating!
BrookeNovember 2, 2020 at 10:46 pm
This salad is so simple and so delicious!! Even if you’re not a fan of truffles, give it a try!