16 delicious citrus-inspired dinner recipes

16 delicious citrus-inspired dinner recipes

We could talk forever about citrusy desserts. I would tell you about when I was little and my family ventured “Down Neck” to the Portuguese neighborhood of Newark and I ordered orange sorbet and it arrived in an actual orange. About when I was in college and I went to catered events only to snag lemon bars and scatter back to the library with my loot. About the chocolate-covered key lime pie that crossed paths with me in Key West and melted all over my clothes but stole my heart anyway (it was on a stick!).

But I don’t want to talk about any of that. I want to talk about citrusy dinners. Which no one talks about enough, and it’s time we did.

Lemon and friends — lime, grapefruit, and orange — are the bright, colorful, seasonal saviors that our winter-worn bodies need. They perk up any cookie season sluggishness and get ahead of any flu season foolishness. And they’re sour, sure. But that doesn’t mean sugar always has to get involved. Instead of asking, What balances citrus? let’s ask, What does citrus balance?

A lot! Acidic ingredients cut richness (a lemon squeeze over fried fish), brighten savoriness (the French classic duck à l’orange), and tame saltiness (Japanese ponzu with yuzu and soy sauce). In other words, they’re just what dinner wants. Here are 16 of our favorites:

Lemon

1. Julia Turshen’s olive oil-fried eggs with yogurt & lemon

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2. Barbara Kafka’s creamy lemon pasta

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3. Small Oven’s green salad with preserved lemon and candied ginger

(Mark Weinberg/Courtesy Food52)

4. Greek lemon soupAvgolemono

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Lime

5. Roasted butternut and red quinoa salad with spicy lime vinaigrette

(James Ransom/Courtesy Food52)

6. Skillet-grilled fish tacos with cilantro-lime crema

(Alexandra Stafford/Courtesy Food52)

7. Braised peanut chicken curry with Thai gremolata

(James Ransom/Courtesy Food52)

8. Coconut-lime pork tacos with black beans and avocado

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Grapefruit

9. Sugared grapefruit salad with fennel and mint

(Julia Gartland/Courtesy Food52)

10. Grilled scallops skewers with Ruby Red grapefruit and chile glaze

(James Ransom/Courtesy Food52)

11. Halloumi and grapefruit salad

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12. Savory grapefruit sabayon

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Orange

13. Garlic-orange-rosemary marinated olives

(Bobbi Lin/Courtesy Food52)

14. Molly Stevens’ roasted Fennel, red onion, and orange salad

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15. Roast squash & chickpea salad with orange-Tahini dressing

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16. Spicy orange-ginger chicken

(Mark Weinberg/Courtesy Food52)

This story was originally published on Food52.com: When life gives you lemons, make dinner.


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