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These 2 Recipes Honour Italy's Finest Produce

These two recipes highlight the exceptional flavours of two of Italy’s most in-demand ingredients.

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Due to its unique climate and environmental conditions, Italy is one of the leading producers of fruit and vegetables globally. And thanks to their high nutritional values, the variety of healthy options can provide the perfect base for creating a tasty accompaniment to everyday dishes, as well as a boost of energy and vitamins. 

Luckily for Dubai residents, CSO Italy, the Italian fruit and vegetable cooperative, has shared recipes that include the country’s most saught-after produce. This includes tomatoes, which have so many different uses in Italian cuisine, and lemons, the widely used tangy ingredient for savoury and sweet dishes.

Whether you want to whip up a bright, tasty, nutritious and healthy Tomato Balsamic Vinaigrette or an intensely flavoured Italian Lemon Curd dessert, these are the recipes to follow. (You can find CSO Italy’s delicious tomato and lemon purees ready to use in your homemade recipes online through specialty grocers and on Amazon.)

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Tomato Balsamic Vinaigrette

This Tomato Balsamic Vinaigrette is incredibly versatile. Bursting with flavour and pleasant acidity, this dressing is great drizzled over just about anything, from leafy greens to cold pasta salads.

Whisk together the following ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. Cirio tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 6 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped oregano
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped basil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
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Italian Lemon Curd

When used in desserts, lemons, which are grown all year long with the peak harvest in winter, offer a powerful punch with little bitterness.


  • 160g of Mazzoni Sicilian Lemon Puree
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. of flour
  • 3 tbsp. + 2 tsp. of butter (50g)


  1. Heat the Mazzoni Sicilian Lemon Puree in a saucepan on medium heat.
  2. Whisk all the eggs and sugar together in a separate bowl
  3. Add the eggs and sugar in the sauce pan and stir constantly. Add-in the flour and stir again until the mixture thickens, about four to five minutes.
  4. Turn off of the heat, remove the saucepan from the heat.
  5. Add in the butter and stir until smooth, then pour into jars.

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