Next time life gives you lemons, go beyond lemonade with Sparkling Spring Punch opens in a new tab or Rosé Lemon Sorbet opens in a new tab. Or if you prefer, make a batch of Lemon-Caper Deviled Eggs opens in a new tab or sauté your favorite veggies with a pat of Lemon, Garlic and Herb Butter opens in a new tab.
Lemons’ tartness enlivens beverages, vegetables like Roasted Radishes with Lemony Herb Butter opens in a new tab, soups, salads like Lemony Potato Salad opens in a new tab, main dishes such as Grilled Spiced Sardines with Couscous opens in a new tab and desserts. When blended with other ingredients such as oils in salad dressing, honey in tea, or butter and seasonings in sauce, lemons add just enough “jazz” to brighten things up, adding balance. Remember, a little bit goes a long way!
The most common varieties of lemons are Eureka and Lisbon. Eurekas have bumpy, knobby looking thick skins, lots of seeds and a moderate amount of juice while Lisbons have smoother, thinner skin, are mostly seedless and juicier. Both are used interchangeably in recipes. Meyer lemons are a hybrid of lemon and orange so they’re a bit sweeter and more orange in color. They’re also super juicy and wonderful in salad dressings, sauces and desserts. Here are some idea and recipes to help satisfy a longing for lemons:
Make Lemon Marmalade opens in a new tab to spread over scones, biscuits, toast or croissants. Or, spoon over slices of cheese, stir into hot breakfast cereal, or baste a roasting chicken.
Add lemon juice and zest to dips, spreads and salsas along with or in place of vinegar. Serve Lemon Tarragon Smoked Salmon Spread opens in a new tab with crackers.
Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Feta Crumble opens in a new tab celebrates fresh spring asparagus. Lemon-Sesame Asparagus opens in a new tab is easy to make; it’s flavored with toasted sesame oil and sesame seeds.
Make salad dressings with lemon juice in place of or alongside vinegar. My favorite is extra virgin olive oil or roasted walnut oil mixed with lemon juice, lemon zest, chives or garlic chives, local raw honey, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve this Big Beautiful Salad with Lemon-Miso Dressing opens in a new tab as a side dish or a main dish or this Shrimp Salad with Lemon Dressing opens in a new tab with hot crusty whole grain bread.
Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to smoothies, hot or cold teas, steamed or sautéed vegetables, or soups and sauces.
Lemony Carrot Slaw opens in a new tab is a healthy, tasty concoction of currants, mint, parsley and some pretty surprising spices.
Add lemon juice and zest to marinades for meats, chicken, pork or fish. Have a spring get-together featuring Lemon-Marinated London Broil opens in a new tab.
Make lemony treats and desserts. Here are a few ideas:
Homemade Lemon Curd opens in a new tab is absolutely divine with scones for afternoon tea.
Lemon Sponge Cake opens in a new tab is wonderful topped with fresh blueberries and sliced strawberries.
Lemon Chess Pie opens in a new tab is almost identical to the pie both my mother and grandmother used to make. It’s a slice of heaven!
Got a favorite lemon recipe or special lemony treat you really love? I’d love to hear about it.