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Simply Sweet Summer Dips

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Grilled Onion Salsa
Sweet Onion Avocado Dip

(Family Features) - Although it's easy to grab prepared foods off the grocery store shelf, nothing beats the fresh, homemade taste that comes from fixing food at home. Despite what you may think, homemade fare doesn't necessarily require a long list of ingredients or complicated instructions.

By simply combining fruits and vegetables, even the less-experienced cook can create a unique dish at home that showcases seasonal flavor and freshness. Grocery stores, farmers' markets and backyard gardens have an array of summer produce.When looking for the perfect blend of flavor, texture, color and nutrients, think onions!

Onions offer endless possibilities year-round, but summer is the perfect time to enjoy an onion raw or grilled. That's because fresh U.S.-grown onions (available until mid-September) are higher in water content and milder in flavor than fall and winter varieties. To capture that fresh flavor, create a signature salsa or avocado dip. This duo goes well with tortilla chips and Mexican food, but these dips can also add unforgettable flavor and freshness to grilled meats, vegetables and other dishes.

For more recipes, visit our Web site at www.onions-usa.org.

Grilled Onion Salsa

Ingredients
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup seeded jalapeño peppers, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • salt

Preparation
    1. Grill onion slices. Coarsely chop the grilled rings and mix with chopped tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, cilantro and cumin seeds. Season with fresh lime juice and salt.

Serves
Makes 3 1/2 cups

Sweet Onion Avocado Dip

Ingredients
  • 6 avocados
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 ounces green chiles, diced
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 ounces black olives, chopped
  • 1/2 cup each red, yellow and green bell peppers, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons sweet red wine

Preparation
    1. Peel and seed the avocados; mash in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients, mixing well. Chill before serving.

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Recipe courtesy of Carzalia Valley Produce.

SOURCE: National Onion Association


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