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Summer Sides

By Nick Handley

Are you getting those invites to outdoor grilling parties? You know, the ones where the hosts will fire up the meat but ask you to bring a side? I’ve got a great one for you and hey, it’s even healthy but we won’t tell anyone. The June issue of Hy-Vee’s Seasons magazine has a fantastic recipe for those summer get-togethers. It’s called the Tomato-Cucumber Toss. It takes around 20 minutes to prepare and it’s a very easy recipe to follow. My wife and I made it and served it when we had friends over a few days ago. They all loved it and wanted the recipe. Well, here you go. See the beautiful photo my wife took of this creation as well. Enjoy!

3/4 cup Hy-Vee plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup lightly packed cilantro plus cilantro, chopped; for garnish

1/2 Small jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

1/4 tsp. Hy-Vee salt

3 cups Hy-Vee sweet grape tomatoes, halved

1 English cucumber, sliced 3/4 in. thick and quartered

1 avocado, seeded, peeled and chopped 1/2 cup sliced red onion

Hy-Vee coarse-ground black pepper, for garnish

Step 1. For Dressing, place yogurt, 1/2 cup cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, lime juice and salt in a blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Set dressing aside.

Step 2. Combine tomatoes, cucumber, avocado and onion in a large bowl. Add dressing. Gently toss until coated. Cover and chill for 30 minutes before serving. Garnish with chopped cilantro and black pepper, if desired.

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