BIBB LETTUCE WITH MONTICELLO DRESSING
3 firm heads Bibb lettuce 1/4 c. cider vinegar 1/2 tsp. salt 6 drops Tabasco sauce 1 tsp. Dijon mustard Juice of 1 lemon Pepper 1 tsp. finely diced red bell pepper 3/4 c. sunflower oil 1/2 tsp. chop fresh chives 3 slices bacon, crumbled 1 hard boiled egg, chopped
Separate leaves from lettuce heads and soaking very cold water until crisp; drain. Wash lettuce thoroughly and dry on paper towel. In metal bowl, stir together vinegar, salt, Tabasco, mustard, lemon juice, ground pepper and red pepper using a wire whisk. Gradually add oil beating constantly until dressing is thickened. Add chives and stir. Transfer dry lettuce leaves to large mixing bowl. Add 1/4 cup of dressing and toss lightly. Divide salad among 4 plates. Sprinkle with bacon and chopped egg and serve at once.