Make the vinaigrette
Mix the shallot with the vinegar and 2 pinches sea salt and let sit for 5 minutes to mellow the flavors. Whisk in the two mustards and then slowly whisk in the olive oil in a slow, steady stream. When the oil has been incorporated, add the tarragon and parsley.
Prepare the artichokes
In a 6- to 8-quart stockpot, combine 2 cups water with the lemon zest, peppercorns, bay leaves, thyme, tarragon, and 1 tsp. salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Put a steamer basket in the pot and arrange the artichokes bottom side down in the basket. Sprinkle the artichokes with 1 tsp. salt. Cover, reduce the heat to a simmer, and steam until completely tender and the leaves pull away easily, 30 to 45 minutes. Serve the artichokes hot or at room temperature with individual dipping bowls of the vinaigrette.
Make Ahead Tips
You can make the vinaigrette one day ahead and refrigerate overnight, but return to room temperature before serving.
nutrition information (per serving):
27, Fat Calories
240, Saturated Fat
6, Monounsaturated Fat
19, Polyunsaturated Fat
Photo: Scott Phillips