Salad has come a long, long way since its 1960s-era nadir. (Iceberg lettuce topped with cherry tomatoes, a couple of thick cuke slices, and bottled French dressing, anyone?)
Luckily, we are squarely in the the era of eating local, seasonal and with wonderful diversity. Even average supermarkets have an array of produce that would have been exotic only a few years ago. Kale is as familiar as broccoli, and that Red Delicious apple (a misnomer if there ever was one) you avoided in the school cafeteria is now trumped by the likes of Macoun, Pink Lady, and Jazz.
Salad incorporates autumn's best offerings into a meal — and saves time in the kitchen so you can to carve a pumpkin, go apple picking, or make like a big kid and jump in that big pile of leaves out back. Here are seven of fall's best.
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