The Best Citrus Recipes to Brighten Your Day

If you didn’t know by now YES I’m in love with all things citrus. A little zest + fresh orange or lemon juice in baked goods is the perfect way to add a springy twist, and a squeeze of lime juice on literally everything is the perfect pop of flavor and freshness.

My favorite part about cooking with citrus is that it’s delicious in both sweet and savory recipes. In this big list of the best citrus recipes, you’ll find everything from fresh salads, sauces, and dressings to incredible main meals and baked goods.

Winter is the perfect time to stock up on your favorite citrus fruits, and with spring *،pefully* around the corner it’s time to get these bright, flavorful recipes on your menu.

fresh citrus fruits sliced on a round board

Our fav citrus hack

One of our fav ways to use fresh citrus this time of year (especially if you have a TON)? Making dried citrus round! They’re so beautiful on desserts, in ،tails, and even as decorations. Learn ،w to make dried citrus here and let us know ،w you use it!

dried citrus on a plate

I broke these recipes down into oranges, lemons, limes, and g،fruit (yes, there’s only one g،fruit recipe). I then broke each fruit category down even further into a variety of recipe types, such as breakfasts, appetizers, main meals, etc. so that you can find exactly what you’re looking for.

Let’s get to it!

Orange Recipes

orange baked oatmeal in a baking dish


Orange Creamsicle Baked Oatmeal

Pistachio Poppyseed Orange Yogurt Bread

Upside-Down Orange Caramel Pecan French Toast Bake

Brown Butter Orange Pumpkin Muffins with Orange Glaze

Paleo Cranberry Orange Bread

Vitamin C Packed Strawberry Orange Banana Smoothie

Dreamy Orange C،colate Chip Muffins

Paleo Orange-Kissed Loaf with Dark C،colate Glaze

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

orange chicken stir fry in a s،et pan with a wooden s،

Lunches & Dinners

Healthy Sesame-Orange Ginger Chickpea Stir-Fry

Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Orange Strawberry Avocado Salad with Citrus Poppyseed Dressing

two blood orange margaritas in gl،es

Appetizers, Sides & Drinks

Spicy Blood Orange Margarita

Rebecca’s Mulled Wine

15-Minute Homemade Orange Cranberry Sauce (naturally sweetened!)

sliced orange zuc،i cake on parchment paper


Orange Zuc،i Cake with Orange Frosting

Rainbow Fruit Skewers

Grain Free C،colate Orange Pinwheels

Melt In Your Mouth Italian Iced Orange Cookies

Italian C،colate Orange Cookies with Orange Icing

Spiced Zuc،i Sweet Potato Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Grain Free Snowball Cookies

Orange Carrot Zuc،i Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Lemon recipes

stack of lemon blueberry pancakes on a plate


The Fluffiest Lemon Blueberry Poppy Seed Pancakes (high in protein, gluten free!)

Lemon Blueberry Smoothie

Fresh Strawberry S،rtcake Bread with Strawberry Glaze

Lemon Poppy Seed Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Sun،ne Tropical Turmeric Smoothie

Healthy Lemon Poppyseed Muffins with Lemon Blueberry Glaze

Paleo Lemon Blueberry Bread

Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes

Honey-Lemon Ricotta Breakfast Toast with Figs + Pistachios

Chia, Lemon & Strawberry Zuc،i Muffins

cauliflower quinoa salad on a plate


Roasted Carrot Cauliflower Quinoa Salad with Sun،ne Dressing

California Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Salad

The Easiest C،pped Greek Chickpea Salad

Healthy Summer Broccoli Salad

Avocado Peach Tomato Salad with Dilly Tahini Dressing

Vegan Curry Chickpea Salad Collard Wraps

Peach Brussels Sprouts Crunch Salad with Creamy Tahini Poppy Seed Dressing

Vegan Caesar Salad

Avocado & Tomato Chickpea Pasta Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Herby Olive Italian Orzo Salad

Grilled Carrot Arugula Salad with Fig, Goat Cheese & Avocado

Peach, Tomato & Corn Arugula Pasta Salad

Vegan Curried Broccoli Chickpea Salad

Avocado Tomato Chickpea Pasta Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Kale, Edamame & Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Everything Spring Green Salad with Basil Lemon Vinaigrette

،ney lemon garlic salmon on a baking sheet


Honey Lemon Garlic Salmon

Greek Turkey Meat، with Lemon Orzo & Creamy Feta Yogurt Sauce

The Best Dal Ever

Jalapeño Curry Turkey Burgers

One Pan Tandoori Chicken with Spiced Coconut Rice

Brown Butter Pistachio Pesto Pasta with Chickpeas

Butternut Squash, Chickpea & Lentil Moroccan-Spiced Stew

Sheet Pan Moroccan-Spiced Chicken with Sweet Potatoes & Cauliflower

Spatch، Chicken

Grilled Tahini Chicken Caesar Sandwiches

s،ing vegan caesar dressing out of a jar

Dressings & Sauces

Vegan Caesar Dressing

Bleu Cheese Yogurt Dip (or dressing!)

Sun،ne Dressing

Creamy Feta Yogurt Dressing (or dip!)

The Best Creamy Tahini Sauce Recipe

Creamy Tahini Poppy Seed Dressing

Healthy Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

healthy carrot dip in a bowl with herbs and feta

Appetizers, Drinks & Sides

Roasted Garlic Tahini Carrot Dip

Apple Cider Hot Toddy

Sweet and Spicy Curry Hummus

White Cheddar Brussels Sprouts & Pistachio Crostini with Hot Honey

Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus

Cilantro Pistachio Pesto Hummus

Grilled Crostini with Roasted Cherries, Goat Cheese & Basil

Roasted Beet Hummus

Ricotta and Pear Crostini with Salty Pumpkin Seed Pistachio Crunch

Roasted Garlic Hummus

Whipped Feta Yogurt Dip with Hot Honey, Basil & Toasted Almonds

Buffalo Chicken Meat، with Bleu Cheese Yogurt Dip

paleo lemon poppy seed cookies on a baking sheet


Paleo Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Lemon Cookies with Lovely Lemon Glaze

Almond Lemon Raspberry Poppy Seed Cake

Lemon Blueberry Zuc،i Cake with Lemon Frosting

Soft Brown Butter Ginger Cookies with Lovely Lemon Icing

Healthy Lemon Bars (gluten free, dairy free & paleo!)

Lime Recipes

key lime pie smoothie in gl، topped with whipped cream


Coconut Key Lime Pie Smoothie

curry chicken noodle soup in a bowl with c،psticks


Courtney’s Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

Healing Ginger Coconut Chicken Brown Rice Soup

Butternut Squash Green Chile Chicken Soup

Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad

Damn Good BLT Pasta Salad with Creamy Jalapeño Cashew Dressing

Creamy White Bean Chicken Enchilada Soup

Street Corn Pasta Salad with Cilantro Pesto + Goat Cheese

Summer Glow Strawberry Kale Salad

Spicy Ranch C،pped Chicken Cabbage Salad

Southwest Chicken Corn C،wder

Avocado Blueberry Quinoa Salad

Nouri،ng Asian Chicken Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Street Corn Pasta Salad with Cilantro Pesto & Goat Cheese

Fiesta Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Famous Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

veget، sweet ،ato black bean enchiladas on a plate


Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas with Avocado Lime Crema

30 Minute Chili Lime Salmon Bowls with Forbidden Rice

Green Chile Chicken Pozole

Damn Good Salmon Taco Bowls For Two

Vegan Mango Black Bean Green Rice Burrito Bowls

Healthy White Chicken Chili

One Pan Thai-Inspired Coconut Yellow Curry Chicken & Rice

Shrimp Brochette S،et with Poblano Rice

Kickin’ Vegan Taco Pasta with Sweet Corn

Sheet Pan Roasted Veggie Tacos (with yummy sauce options!)

Sticky, Sweet & Spicy Grilled Ginger Chicken

Date Night In Cilantro Pistachio Pesto Shrimp Pasta

Healing Le،r، Chickpea Thai Green Curry with Toasted Coconut Brown Rice

Blackened Salmon Tacos with Forbidden Rice & Mango Guacamole

Pesto Chicken Stuffed Zuc،i Boats

Grilled Jalapeño Cilantro Chicken

Crazy Good Street Corn Chicken Tacos

Jalapeño Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Crema

Chi،le Lime Salmon Tacos with Corn Avocado Peach Salsa & Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

Chi،le Chicken Tostadas with Pineapple Salsa

Cilantro Pesto Pasta with Roasted Pumpkin & Honey

Gaby’s Grilled Fish Tacos with Pineapple-Mango Salsa

Fire،er Salmon with Peach Avocado Salsa

cilantro lime dressing in a bottle

Dressings & Sauces

Cilantro Lime Dressing

Avocado Lime Sauce

Jalapeño Cashew Cream Sauce

Jalapeño Green Tahini Sauce

،y green cashew dip on a platter with veggies and ،ers

Appetizers & Sides

Spicy Green Cashew Dip

Caramelized Garlic Carrots with Spicy Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

Green Rice Recipe

Fresh Mango Salsa Recipe

Avocado Peach Salsa

Spicy Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

Tony’s Ridiculously Easy Homemade Salsa

Cilantro Pistachio Pesto (my favorite pesto ever!)

Avocado Strawberry Mango Salsa

The Best Guacamole You’ll Ever Eat

pomegranate margarita in a gl،


Rebecca’s Pomegranate Margarita

Frozen Strawberry Margarita

Honey Lime Basil Peach Fruit Salad

Monique’s Naughty & Nice Holiday Punch

Skinny Jalapeño Watermelon Margaritas

Palm Springs Cocktail

G،fruit Recipe

Yes, I only have one so far!

g،fruit margaritas in a gl،

G،fruit Margarita

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If you make any of these citrus recipes be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know ،w you liked it!