25 Essential Ways to Use Citrus This Winter

25 Essential Ways to Use Citrus This Winter

Without citrus fruits, the winter months would be bleak indeed. Luckily there are plenty of lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, pomelos, and more to go around. Now all you need are some recipes that put them to use. Well, look no further — these 25 recipes make the best of the bright fruit family.

1. Herbed Citrus Salad with Tahini Dressing and Greens

This colorful salad makes use of both orange and grapefruit slices and dresses them up in a honeyed tahini dressing that's spiced up with just a bit of chili powder.

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2. Citrusy Breakfast Polenta Cake

This brunch-friendly cake can actually be prepped ahead of time: Just make the batter the night before and refrigerate it until you're ready to bake.

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3. Quinoa and Black Bean Salad with Orange-Coriander Dressing

Not only is there orange juice and zest in the dressing of this winter grain and bean salad, but there are also supremed orange sections. It's the perfect refreshing lunch or side dish.

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4. Lemon-Rosemary Roast Chicken with Winter Green Stems

This is the perfect way to use up those stems and ribs from your favorite hearty winter greens. Roasting mellows them and provides a perfect base for this lemony roasted chicken.

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5. Chicken in Orange Sauce

Why rely on Seamless when you can make this delicious orange chicken at home? The best part is that you can prep your ingredients in advance, so assembling it on a weeknight takes just as long as delivery.

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6. Pomelo Citrus Bars

As much as we love lemon bars, these vibrant pomelo bars are one of our favorite desserts to make. They are more tart than grapefruit, and make the perfect companion for a mug of afternoon tea.

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7. Lemon-Lime Curd with Rosemary Sables

Don't be intimidated by making citrus curd; it's easier than you might think, and completely worth it when paired with these savory, buttery cookies. It's the perfect treat to brighten a winter afternoon.

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8. Orange Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon poppy seed may be the more traditional combination, but these orange-laced muffins will have you changing your allegiances. Be sure to use cake flour for this recipe — it will take your muffin-making skills to new heights.

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9. Grilled Cabbage Wedges with Spicy Lime Dressing

The most irresistible part of this grilled (or roasted) cabbage recipe isn't the dressing, but just how quick and easy it is to make. You can have this side dish ready in minutes.

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10. Scallops with Lime & Cilantro

What makes scallops one of the best weeknight meals around? The fact that they cook in just three minutes. They can be a bit pricier than other protein options, so you might only make them occasionally, but when you do have them, they suddenly make the weeknight feel pretty special.

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11. Key Lime Pie S'mores

When you're looking to take the traditional campfire treat to a new level of sophistication, this is the recipe to try. You can use key lime curd or key lime pie filling and you'll end up with a delightfully bright take on a childhood classic.

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12. Chili-Lime Steak Fajitas

Once you've learned the secret to cooking flank steak in the oven, we predict you'll go on a fajita-making kick. And first up should be these delicious, citrusy chili-lime ones. Bonus: It's the perfect low-key dinner party meal.

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13. White Grapefruit & Elderflower Marmalade

Pink grapefruit usually gets all the glory, but for this winter marmalade, the white-fleshed grapefruit takes center stage. When combined with elderflower, you end up with a spread that is citrusy, floral, and refreshing.

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14. Pomelo Couscous

The combination of fresh mint leaves, crispy fried shallots, and juicy pomelo segments takes this couscous salad to a whole new level. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it.

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15. Green Salad with Orange, Avocado, and Red Onion

There's something about the addition of orange segments to a green salad that just takes it to another level, and this salad is no exception. You can also use this four-ingredient combo as a base and mix in other elements like slivered almonds, blue cheese crumbles, or even croutons.

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16. Potatoes, Green Beans, and Corn with Lemon-Brown Butter Dressing

Consider this as the base for your farmers market salad. Whatever veggies you pick up can be swapped in and out of this simple salad. All you have to is roast or sauté them, and then toss them with lemon-brown butter.

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17. Black Rice Salad with Avocado and Grapefruit

Avocado is one fruit that pairs well with almost any type of citrus. And in this vegetarian lunch salad, it helps to temper the acidity of the grapefruit and adds a bit of creaminess. The orange juice, garlic, and red pepper dressing for this salad is one to remember, too.

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18. Sautéed Zucchini with Chorizo & Lime

How do you turn sautéed zucchini into a full-fledged meal? By adding spicy chorizo, and dressing it with cilantro and lime. You can also serve it over your favorite grain like brown rice, quinoa, or farro.

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19. Chocolate Orange Truffles

These perfect little truffles are ideal for a potluck brunch or an impromptu afternoon visit to a friend's home. The centers are made with crushed-up cookies, orange juice, pecans, and candied ginger. We can't get enough of them.

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20. Crunchy Chili-Lime Quicos

Think of quicos like next-level popcorn. You can find them in most Latin American groceries or you can order them online. You can also prepare them on the stovetop much the same way you would popcorn. Toss them with chili powder, lime zest, and a little bit of salt for an elevated movie snack.

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21. Lemon Rice Pudding

This citrusy rice pudding is magical. It's a bit more rustic than some versions you may have tried before, and the lemon peel keeps it from being overly sweet. We think it makes a terrific dessert or even a breakfast for those decadently slow winter weekend mornings.

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22. Tri-Color Slaw with Lime Dressing

The combination of red cabbage, green cabbage, and carrots gives this slaw its vibrant color palette. And the dressing is made up of one of our favorite flavor combinations: lime and cilantro. You should probably make a double batch.

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23. Heavenly Lemon Bars with Almond Shortbread Crust

These heavenly lemon bars certainly live up to their name. Silky homemade lemon curd sits atop nutty shortbread for a delightful sweet-tangy treat.

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24. Sticky Lemon Rolls with Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze

These lemon rolls are modeled after the classic cinnamon roll, with a buttery yeast dough flecked with nutmeg and lemon. But inside each roll is a rich filling of sugar and lemon that bakes into gooey, oozy deliciousness.

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25. Breakfast Sangria

This simple sangria features fresh grapefruit, navel orange, and lime juice. It's a light and refreshing drink to toast the morning, without too much alcohol to buzz you up too early.

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