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23 Ways to Add Flavor with Lemons

Sunny Citrus Smoothie
Sunny Citrus Smoothie

If life’s giving you lemons, make more than just lemonade! Lemons add brightness and zingy flavor to a variety of dishes from soup to dessert. Kids of all ages love this Sunny Citrus Smoothie for breakfast. A lunchtime salad of spring greens tossed with Lemony Cashew Dressing is simply delightful. Brighten up your dinner menu with this delicious fresh Winter Greens Pesto spooned over whole grain pasta, steamed vegetables or grilled chicken or fish — or use as a sandwich spread (yummy with marinated grilled tofu or tempeh). See? Lemony goodness from morning to night!

Lemons are sour, acidic and wonderfully refreshing. When blended with other ingredients — think oils in salad dressings, honey in tea, or butter in sauces — lemons and their zest add the perfect “spark” to create flavorful balance. Here’s a little lemon trivia:

  • Eureka and Lisbon lemons are the most common varieties. They’re available year-round and are used interchangeably in recipes. Eureka lemon is thick-skinned, bumpy or knobby in appearance. They have plenty of seeds and a moderate amount of juice. Lisbon lemons have a thinner, smoother skin and are generally seedless and juicier.
  • Meyer lemons are a hybrid between an orange and a lemon, making them slightly more orange in color and a bit sweeter in flavor. They’re super juicy and wonderful in salad dressings and desserts. 

Halibut with Radish Relish
Halibut with Radish Relish

If you’ve got a longing for lemons, try these tips and recipes:

Are you loving with lemons? Got a recipe or an idea? Let me know.


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Jackie Lee says …

Do you have flavored oils like cinnimon oil, clove oil, flavorings for frostings and that type of stuff?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JACKIE - Most of our stores should have an option but our exact products differ between locations. Check with your local store directly to see what they have in stock!

J.B. says …

I've heard that Meyer lemons are seasonal. When do they start becoming available? I'm hoping I haven't missed them already...:-)

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@J.B. - Typically Meyer lemons should be around through May. Check with your local store and they will have more of an exact time they expect them in stock!