Citrus for Dinner! Recipes for Vibrant Winter Meals

creamy lemon asparagus pasta in a skillet

Peel those oranges and zest those limes ~ when there’s juicy citrus fruit involved, you know it’s going to be good! Here are some of my favorite savory citrus recipes to liven up your winter meal plan.

Winter citrus fruit, sectioned, in a bowl

are you making the most of peak citrus season?

It’s easy to think that there’s no exciting seasonal produce in the middle of winter, but it’s actually one of my favorite times of year to cook because of all the beautiful citrus in the stores. Meyer lemons, blood oranges, grapefruits, naval oranges, it’s a riot of color and flavor and I’m always coming up with new ways to use this juicy bounty. Today, let’s bring it to the dinner table!

creamy lemon dill salmon

The salmon is succulent because it’s bathed in a creamy wine sauce perked up with lots of lemon juice and fresh dill. 

creamy lemon dill salmon in a skillet

roast chicken with blood oranges and olives

Briny olives, sweet blood oranges, and herbaceous thyme are a fragrant and flavorful combination you’ve likely never had before!

Pan of chicken with blood orange and olives.

creamy lemon and asparagus pasta

Calling all comfort food lovers – this dreamy pasta combines the best of late winter seasonal lemons with spring’s first fresh asparagus for the perfect transitional meal.

spicy tangerine chicken

Swapping oranges for fresh, tart and bright tangerines makes this take-out style meal extra special. I love using the zest of the tangerine as well as the juice for so much extra flavor.

tangerine chicken in a wok

fish with blood orange and thyme

If you’re looking for some light meals this time of year (who isn’t?), this gorgeous fish is a feast for all of the senses. Use blood oranges like I did, or swap out any other citrus that strikes your fancy. Lemons would be classic, grapefruit would be great too!

TROUT steamed in parchment with blood oranges and thyme

shrimp in lemon sauce with olives

This meal is bursting with bright flavors, perfect for the winter doldrums. I like to serve with with fresh crusty bread for the best dinner ever.

Greek style Shrimp in Lemon Sauce with Olives ~

chicken with allspice and citrus

Combining fresh, tart citrus with aromatic allspice is the perfect symphony of winter flavors and aromas.

Chicken with allspice and citrus

spicy citrus salad

The combination of fistfuls of fresh parsley, tangy citrus, and rich olives is really unique. Serve it with simply prepared fish or chicken and you have a knock out meal with very little effort.

Spicy Mixed Citrus Salad

poached halibut salad with Meyer lemon vinaigrette

Masses of baby lettuce, radishes with their leafy tops still attached, snippets of herbs, and a tart citrus vinaigrette make the perfect healthy mid-winter meal.

poached halibut salad

lemon garlic shrimp with orzo

My weeknight friendly shrimp scampi is served over toasted orzo for an easy meal with lots of saucy Mediterranean flair.

a pan of lemony shrimp with orzo

spaghetti with tuna, lemon, and dill

This old family favorite is a straight from the pantry meal that everybody can agree on. Ready in under 30 minutes, this is weeknight eating at its best.

pomegranate and lime chicken

Moist and juicy chicken thighs roasted with a delicious pomegranate lime glaze. This is a quick, healthy, and stunning meal!

Pomegranate and lime glazed chicken thighs in a green baking dish

roasted chicken with clementines

This easy sheet pan chicken dinner has layer upon layer of flavor punctuated by those gorgeous charred clementines!

Roasted Chicken with Clementines on a sheet pan

Moroccan lemon and cardamom meatballs

Tender cardamom spiced lamb meatballs nestled in creamy lemon tahini sauce. I have a feeling this is going to become your new favorite meal!

Moroccan Lemon and Cardamom Meatballs

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