46 Zesty Recipes Where Citrus Is the Star

Sweet, savory, and sippable applications for bright and beautiful citrus fruits

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One of the best things about winter in California is seeing all the neighborhood trees filled to the brim with bright, beautiful citrus fruits. Well, and eating them, too. So to celebrate the season, we’ve pulled together some of our best citrus recipes to make the most out of your lemons, limes, oranges, pomelos, and more.

Our Favorite Citrus Recipes


Citrus-Scented Wine Cake with Fresh Berries

Triple Orange Cake with Pine Nuts

Lemony Quinoa Breakfast Bowl with Earl Grey Strawberry Compote

Grapefruit-Ginger Tea Bread

Orange Napoleons

French Toast with Citrus-Vanilla Syrup

Gluten-Free Vegan Mandarin and Thyme Polenta Cake to Celebrate Citrus Season

Vegan Cranberry-Citrus Muffins

Old-Fashioned Lemon Bars

Summer Squash Citrus Yogurt Cupcakes

Lemon Tofu Cheesecake

Grapefruit Clafouti



Jicama-Mango-Tortilla Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Salad of Shaved Fennel, Oranges, and Candied Pecans

Sesame-Crusted Tofu with Lemongrass-Orange Reduction

Freekeh-Lentil Salad with Artichokes and Preserved Lemon

Lentil Salad with Roasted Oranges and Radicchio

Orange-Chipotle Glazed Tofu

Spicy Ramen Stir-Fry with Broccoli, Tofu, and Mandarin Oranges

Perfect Roasted Beets with Orange Slices

Avocado, Fennel, and Citrus Salad

Caramelized Okra and Corn with Coconut, Mint, and Lime

Quick-Preserved Lemons

Coconut Lime Lentils

Three-Pea Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Bryant Terry’s Citrus Collards with Raisins

Asparagus Tempura with Orange Dipping Sauce

Shaved Sunchokes with Pink Grapefruit and Avocado

Tricolor Salad with Oranges, Olives & Kefir Herb Vinaigrette

Grapefruit-Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Red Cabbage Frittata with Lemon and Herbs

Jerk Tofu with Mango Lime Salsa

Citrus Salad

Shaved Fennel and Red Onion Salad with Grapefruit and Blue Cheese

Fennel, Beet, and Citrus Salad with Yogurt Dressing

Radish, Orange, and Arugula Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette


Drinks and Cocktails

Citrus Spritzers

Three Citrus Basil Cocktail

Ginger-Lime Fizz with Blueberries

Basil Lemonade

Orange Wassail

Citrus-Lemongrass Ice Cubes

Sparkling Lemonade

Carrot-Orange Smoothie

Welcome Spring with This Salty Cucumber Lime Soda

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