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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
chicken with allspice and citrus
Combining fresh, tart citrus with aromatic allspice is the perfect symphony of winter flavors and aromas.
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.
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.
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.
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!
roasted chicken with clementines
This easy sheet pan chicken dinner has layer upon layer of flavor punctuated by those gorgeous charred clementines!
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!