30 Savory Citrus Recipes That Bring Sunshine to the Dinner Table
Perk up your meal with winter citrus fruit.
Whether it's a dark, chilly day in winter or a sunny summer afternoon, citrus flavors instantly brighten just about any meal. From lemons and limes to oranges and grapefruit and everything in between, citrus fruit holds a special place in our heart. That's why we collected 30 citrus dinner recipes for you to make year-round, such as the Bibb-and-Citrus Salad with Sesame Crunch that's
We have several citrus recipes that you can make on the grill, such as grilled chicken breasts and grilled shrimp. The zest and juice of citrus are mixed into a glaze that is brushed on the meat, which infuses it with bright acidity. Serve these entrées with one of our delicious citrus side dishes—we pair the fruit with asparagus, carrots, fennel, peppery greens, and more. Of course, lemon juice is a classic ingredient in a traditional salad vinaigrette. In some recipes, we don't stray too far from the norm but other times we experiment with whole grain mustard instead of the usual Dijon, or preserved or Meyer lemons instead of freshly squeezed juice from Eureka lemons. See how the slightly sweeter citrus product shines in recipes like Peppery Greens with Meyer-Lemon Dressing.
Citrus (especially orange) can instantly perk up hearty meats like braised brisket or pork tenderloin, and we have several phenomenal recipes that show you how to do just that. And when paired with aromatics like garlic, shallots, and herbs, these citrus recipes become even more spectacular. Ready to start adding this bright fruit to your meals? Our recipes are exactly what you need.
Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lemon-Thyme Sauce
Roasted Wild Salmon with Caramelized Fennel and Fennel-Frond Pesto
Lemon is used in three totally different and absolutely genius ways in this citrus recipe. First, lemon zest is mixed with finely chopped pistachios, fennel seeds and fronds, and garlic; next, it's mixed with panko breadcrumbs; finally, lemon and fennel wedges roast together before being served alongside the salmon.
Fennel, Avocado, and Satsuma Salad
Just three ingredients make up this easy but elegant salad: thinly sliced fennel, avocado, and mandarin oranges. Serve it as an appetizer or a side dish—either way, it's sure to be a bright spot in your dinner routine.
Soba and Sweet Potatoes in Miso-Lime Broth
Cozy up with a nourishing bowl of this citrus-infused soup for dinner. An aromatic broth that starts with ginger, scallions, and garlic gets even more flavor from umami-rich miso and bright lime juice.
Citrus and Green Olives with Goat Cheese
Brussels Sprouts with Oranges and Bacon
Broccoli, Lemon, and Gouda Pizzas
Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Orange Glaze
Seafood and citrus go together like peanut butter and jelly. Here, shrimp skewers are grilled then brushed with a citrus glaze that balances sweetness, spice, and acidity all in one, thanks to ingredients like orange-juice concentrate, brown sugar, vinegar, and pickled jalapeño peppers.
Spicy Chicken-and-Lime Soup
Orange Pork with Watercress Rice
Our weeknight dinner recipe with citrus pairs pork tenderloin with orange marmalade, fresh lime juice, ginger, garlic, and fish sauce. The syrupy meat is served over jasmine rice.
Steamed Carrots with Lemon and Sea Salt
This easy vegetable side showcases rainbow carrots with extra-virgin olive oil, lemon wedges, and flaky sea salt. It would also work well with brilliant orange carrots.
Cucumber Salad with Herbs, Kumquats, and Sumac Dressing
Tart kumquats are available for a short season in winter, so let them shine atop a bed of tender baby greens (think arugula and watercress) and fresh herbs (mint, cilantro, and dill).
Easy Skillet-Poached Salmon
Roasted Branzino with Lemon and Thyme
Stracciatella Soup with Kale and Lemon
Peppery Greens with Meyer-Lemon Dressing
The star of this salad is in the dressing. Two teaspoons of fresh Meyer-lemon juice—which is sweeter and slightly less acidic than regular lemon juice—is mixed with Dijon mustard, a pinch of sugar, and extra-virgin olive oil for a classic vinaigrette that you can serve over mixed greens.
Slow-Cooker Sicilian-Style Beef Stew
One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon
Creamy Lemon Chicken with Spinach and Artichokes
We're all about one-skillet dinners and this rich chicken recipe is particularly dreamy. The secret? Four ounces of cream cheese, which creates a super creamy base for chicken cutlets, artichoke hearts, grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, and lots of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Pasta with Preserved Lemon and Anchovies
Preserved lemons offer tanginess, brightness, and saltiness, making them a wonderful ingredient to use when you want to make a big impact. Here, they round out the robust flavor of this pasta dish that's packed with garlic, anchovies, and parsley.
Grilled Chicken with Mango and Mint-Lime Dressing
Creamy Lemon-Barley Soup
In under one hour, this hearty chicken, lemon, and barley soup comes together for a rich meal with citrus.
Roast Chicken with Lemony Harissa Glaze
Cara Cara and Blood-Orange Salad with Ricotta Salata
One variety or citrus is good, but two are even brighter and better! This gorgeous salad layers Cara Cara and blood orange slices with ricotta salata and mixed greens for a recipe that's delicious during winter.
Radicchio Salad with Chopped-Lemon Dressing
Who could resist this unique salad made with a whole lemon and whole-grain mustard? The sharp, acidic ingredients are balanced out by fresh mint and bitter radicchio for a perfectly balanced bite.
Seared Halibut Tacos with Grapefruit-Avocado Salsa
The vivid color and tart flavor of pink grapefruit is a highlight of these tasty fish tacos that are family-friendly and easy to prepare.