Summer dishes sweetened with Vidalia onions
(ARA) - It's Vidalia onion season and time to sweeten summer recipes. Summer salads, marinades, side dishes and grilled meats can all be given new dimension with the original sweet onion. Throw them on a burger while grilling in the back yard, or grill a sweet onion alone for a standalone side dish. Whether it's a fresh salad or a summer soup, these sweet onions can compliment any dish of the season.
Vidalias are exclusively grown in a small region in southeast Georgia and are known as the original sweet onion. These unique and tasty vegetables add a low-calorie, fat-free, seasonal, Southern touch to meals while providing a good source of vitamin C and fiber.
Because Vidalias are only available during the spring and summer, they conjure up memories for many people. Joan Churchill from New Hampshire shared her childhood reminiscences of rebelliously slurping soup with her siblings in their Sunday best, while her mother prepared dinner in the kitchen and father pretended not to notice.
Churchill's 'Vidalia and Pear Honey of a Soup' was the winning recipe in the Vidalia Onion Committee's 'Sweet Times with Vidalias' recipe contest.
'The soup certainly sounded interesting, but we thought it might be too sweet with both pears and sweet Vidalias. The curry and chicken broth really balance it out,' says Wendy Brannen, Vidalia Onion Committee executive director. 'And, I loved that this soup was so delicious yet different when served cold in the heat of summer.'