Sunny Citrus SmoothieIf 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 RelishIf you’ve got a longing for lemons, try these tips and recipes:
Pair fish with lemon! Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and/or a sprinkling of zest to baked, roasted, broiled or grilled fish. Try these recipes:
Lemon Tarragon Smoked Salmon Spread (great on crackers, bread or salad greens)
Brighten a pot of your favorite vegetable soup with lemon juice or try this Greek Lemon and Chicken Soup.
Add a squeeze of lemon to a dish of steamed veggies, like in this Sesame Lemon Broccoli.
Season grain and pilaf dishes, similar to this Lemon-Coriander Quinoa.
Add lemon juice and zest to roasted vegetables, like this Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Feta Crumble.
Add lemon juice and/or zest to salad dressing. Here are some ideas:
Lemony Asparagus Salad (experiment with the amount of lemon juice you add. Start with less, adding more as desired).
Spicy Celery Salad is flavored with lemon, dates and almonds.
Try this Dijon Vinaigrette substituting some or all of the vinegar with lemon juice.
Lemons liven up greens, too! Try this lemon-flavored Lemon-Ricotta Kale Dip on whole grain crackers or bread.
Add fresh or dried lemon zest to muffins, quick breads, cookies, pancakes and waffles. Or try these no-cook, totally addicting Lemon Treats.
Add lemon slices to a pitcher of water or sparkling water.
Are you loving with lemons? Got a recipe or an idea? Let me know.