What Is The Boston Bibb Salad?

When you think about food staples that are exclusive to the Boston area, what comes to mind? You’ll likely think of things like Boston cream pie, cannolis and clam chowder. But, did you know that there are far more staples than that? Boston is home to a lot of foods that are far healthier than the ones that we’ve mentioned so far! If you’ve looked on our menu before, you’ve likely seen a dish known as the Boston Bibb salad. So, what is the Boston Bibb salad? We tell you everything you need to know below!

The Name

Many salads tend to be named after the type of dressing on them or certain ingredients. There aren’t many that are named after the type of leafy green used, but this is where the Boston Bibb salad differs! The Boston Bibb salad is named for the type of lettuce that is used in the salad. This type of lettuce is referred to as butter lettuce, which is one of the six different types of lettuce in circulation. The other names for this type of lettuce? Boston lettuce and bibb lettuce! The name was formed under these two nicknames.


Boston Bibb salad has relatively few ingredients, but you’ll need to make use of the oven to get the final product! Besides the Boston lettuce, you’ll need some pecans, red onion, cranberries and cheese. You can use any dressing you’d like for this salad. You’ll need to roast the pecans in the oven and combine the rest of the ingredients in your bowl. Dress it with your appropriate dressing and you’ll be ready to enjoy your own Boston Bibb salad!

Health Benefits

Did you know that Boston lettuce is one of the healthiest types of lettuce out there? There’s actually arguments to be made about it being the most nutritious! The main draw for them is the high levels of potassium and iron, which are both critical for your body’s natural development. Pecans are good sources of protein and healthy fats, which are important for muscle growth and energy replenishing. While a Boston Bibb salad is small, it is mighty health-wise!

Boston Bibb Salad At Quattro

If you’re curious about the Boston Bibb salad, try it today at Quattro! Our speciality is brick-oven pizzas with a variety of flavors and toppings to satisfy your palette. We also boast a large selection of wine and cocktails to pair perfectly with your meal! Get the best Italian dining experience in Boston by making a reservation with us today.