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Orchard Salad

A combination of colorful lettuces, fall fruits, cheddar cheese and an apple cider vinaigrette dressing makes for a wonderful salad. Serve with Chicken and Dumplings and Gingerbread Cupcakes.


  • 1 head red leaf lettuce
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (from a wedge of lemon)
  • 1 crisp red apple, such as McIntosh or Paula Red, thinly sliced
  • 1 Anjou pear, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil ( EVOO)
  • Salt and coarse black pepper
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, thinly sliced


Coarsely chop the lettuce. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the apples and pears and toss with the greens. Combine the cider, cider vinegar and sugar in a bowl and whisk in the EVOO in a slow stream (eyeball it).

Pour the dressing over the salad and season with salt and pepper. Toss the salad to combine and coat evenly with the dressing. Serve with a garnish of sliced sharp cheddar cheese

Rachael Ray