High-quality, extra-virgin olive oil brings amazing new flavor dimensions to cakes, cookies, breads, and more. When swapping out butter for olive oil in a recipe, learn some of minor adjustments that create success. Discover what olive oil can do in the world of baking, pastry and sweets.  

Sorbet will never be the same once you discover what an aromatic, extra-virgin olive oil can do for added flavor and texture. A robust or medium green fruitiness olive oil works beautifully in this Passion Fruit and Olive Oil Sorbet served with a Greek olive oil cookie. The bitterness of the oil is dampened by the bonds formed with proteins so the flavor and fruitiness shine through, with minimal bitterness or pungency.

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Pesto Trapanese is a bright and fresh Sicilian pesto made with tomatoes, basil, garlic, almonds, chiles and olive oil. This Pesto Trapanese is served over whole grain pasta and paired with broccoli rabe and blistered tomatoes. Feel free to pair this with your favorite seasonal vegetables.

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Tunisian Market Sandwich

The Tunisian Market Sandwich is one of the best secrets of the Mediterranean kitchen! Filled with Harissa, carrot salad, tuna confit, potatoes, hard-boiled egg, and Mechouia (a Tunisian charred vegetable dish), the sandwich offers complex, flavor-packed bites.

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Padrón peppers are a mild variety of Capsicum peppers from Padrón in Spain’s northwestern region of Galicia. Cooked over high heat in extra virgin olive oil, the peppers soften and blister for some truly delicious results. These delicious Blistered Padron Peppers with Romesco are terrific served as a classic tapa or they can be served as a shared appetizer with a side of romesco sauce.

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This beautiful, hearty and healthy Mediterranean Grain Bowl is inspired by the amazing flavors of the North African Mediterranean. This delicious lunch or dinner is full of hearty whole grains — farro and quinoa — paired with a myriad of flavor-packed components, including a chermoula vinaigrette, crispy za’atar chickpeas, marinated olives, tuna confit, and zalouk, a Moroccan salad of cooked eggplants and tomatoes.

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Across the Mediterranean, one of the great gifts of the olive oil kitchen is a whole collection of sauces—including dips and spreads—that always include olive oil with ingredients ranging from nuts and seeds to spices, herbs, and other aromatics. Learn about the world of sauces that the Mediterranean has to offer! Discover the olive oil-based sauces of the European and North African Mediterranean.

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Cooking with olive oil offers endless opportunities for creativity and a lifetime of culinary pleasure. Learn which olive oil to use while cooking, as well as new techniques for sautéing, deep frying, and slow braising with olive oil.

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There is a world of flavor in olive oil—multitudes of varietals, styles, aromatics, and markers of excellence. Learn about the difference between extra virgin and regular olive oils, olive varietals, and olive oil flavor profiles. There are four categories of olive oil flavor profiles: Intense green fruitiness; Medium green fruitiness; Mild green fruitiness; and Ripe fruitiness. Learn about flavor profiles and how olive harvest time effects flavor.

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The olive oil–rich, traditional Mediterranean diet has long inspired healthier food choices among Americans. Even today, we continue to learn more about how Mediterranean flavors can revolutionize American menus. The positive health impacts of the olive oil-based, traditional Mediterranean diet—rich in plant-sourced ingredients--has been widely researched. What’s more, abundant scientific evidence indicates that shifting to a more plant-forward diet will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food production, mitigate climate change, and cut water usage. Learn more about the health benefits and sustainability of the Mediterranean diet.

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Looking for a decadent dessert with a healthy plant-forward twist? Chef Toni Sakaguchi at The Culinary Institute of America adds black beans to these chocolate baby cakes for a rich and fudgy texture. She tops the cakes with mocha aquafaba frosting made from the liquid of canned black beans. You would never know that these delicious chocolate cakes are packed with protein and fiber.

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You will love the combination of sweet and tangy oranges, hearty beans, crunchy endive and fennel, and peppery arugula in this wonderful winter salad. Chef Toni Sakaguchi at The Culinary Institute of America uses a colorful blend of kidney beans, white beans and navy beans, but any combination of bean varieties is delicious. The vivid colors, bright flavors and healthy profile of this salad is sure to get you out of your winter funk!

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This delicious vegan version of creamy alfredo sauce uses white beans in place of heavy cream. Swapping out heavy cream with white beans in this plant-based alfredo sauce cuts down on saturated fat and cholesterol, and also gives this pasta a tasty protein boost! Chef Toni Sakaguchi at The Culinary Institute of America serves the sauce on pasta with peas and rosemary walnuts.

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With red beans and quinoa, this vegetarian version of tortilla soup is just as flavorful, hearty, and protein-packed as its traditional chicken counterpart. Red beans are the hearty powerhouses in this vegetarian soup. Chef Toni Sakaguchi at The Culinary Institute of America garnishes the soup with chips, avocados, cilantro, and lime wedges. You will love the bold smoky flavors of this protein-packed soup!

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Watch Chef Toni Sakaguchi at The Culinary Institute of America show you how to make this mouthwatering Blue Cheese, Onion Ring, BBQ Kidney Bean Blended Burger. She blends kidney beans into the burgers to give them a perfectly juicy texture! Swapping some of the beef with beans also reduces the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol, and the beans add fiber, and protein. This is one of the best burgers you’ll ever have. Enjoy!

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Wings are a winning item on a menu, and the trick is to make them stand out. These Smoky Honey Citrus Chicken Wings have a delicious smoky-sweet flavor that shines with a subtle citrus tang. Einav Gefen, corporate executive chef at Unilever Food Solutions adds Knorr® Professional Intense Flavor Citrus Fresh and Knorr® Professional Intense Flavor Charred Chili Heat. These Knorr Professional Intense Flavors are easy to use and add great flavor. Enjoy!

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Freshen up your BBQ menu with this recipe for grilled peach and napa cabbage slaw, dressed with a subtly spiced Aleppo pepper, almond and peach vinaigrette. The Smoked Peach Vinaigrette is made from real peach puree and has a delicious full flavor. Delicious!

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These sweet and smoky medjool dates stuffed with goat cheese, pistachios, garlic and citrus are sure to be a winner with your guests. This delicious plant-forward recipe can be served as an appetizer, a shared small plate, or as a passed hors’d'oeuvre. The Knorr® Professional Intense Flavours Citrus Fresh adds a delicious, bright citrus element to the dish. Enjoyment guaranteed!

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This dish offers a twist on traditional corn-on-the-cob. This quick and easy-to-make recipe captures the sweet and smoky flavors of flame-grilled corn-on-the-cob, known in Mexico as “Elotes”. Einav Gefen, corporate executive chef at Unilever Food Solutions combines Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise, cilantro, green onions, garlic, New Mexican Chili Powder, Pimenton, cumin, Knorr Professional Intense Flavor Citrus Fresh and Knorr Professional Intense Flavor Charred Chili Heat in a bowl. The Knorr Professional Intense Flavor Citrus Fresh adds a refreshing citrus flavor and the Charred Chile Heat adds the perfect level of spice.

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Looking for plant-based BBQ recipes? Here’s a bold, flavor-packed recipe for fire-roasted kohlrabi served with a salad of tomatoes and feta cheese and drizzled with a tangy lemon za’atar dressing. Einav Gefen, corporate executive chef at Unilever Food Solutions drizzles Hellmann’s Lemon Za’atar Dressing over the kohlrabi and tomatoes to add a citrusy, Middle Eastern flavor profile.

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Chef Einav Gefen shares her experiences from the barbecue stops in Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, and the Carolinas.

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