50 Easy Citrus Recipes

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Assortment of recipes made with citrus fruits

With each new season comes the opportunity to celebrate new produce at its peak of freshness! In our part of the world, citrus shines in the winter months (especially from December to March). To help you celebrate and eat with the season, we’ve compiled a gathering of our best EASY citrus recipes! From grapefruits to oranges, lemons to limes, read on to find your favorite citrus and some delicious dishes to make with it!

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Grapefruit

Pouring Red Wine Vinaigrette onto a big bowl of Kale Citrus Salad
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Kale Citrus Salad
A simple, 30-minute kale salad with sweet and tart fruits, pickled red onions, and a simple red wine vinaigrette! Crunchy, filling, fresh, and the perfect healthy light lunch or side salad.
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Three glasses of our Grapefruit Green Smoothie surrounded by ingredients used to make it
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Grapefruit Green Smoothie
A simple, tart-sweet smoothie with detoxifying benefits from grapefruit, vitamins and minerals from spinach, and natural sweetness from apple and banana.
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Hand picking up a grapefruit lime spritzer
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Grapefruit Lime Spritzers
A simple grapefruit lime spritzer with freshly squeezed grapefruit and lime juice, 2 types of liquor, and tonic water for a bubbly effect. Simple cocktail perfection.
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Orange

Tall jar of Carrot Apple Ginger Juice surrounded by ingredients used to make it
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Super Powered Orange Juice
A vibrant orange juice made without a juicer! Vitamin C-rich carrots, oranges, lemon, ginger, apple, and nectarines create this hydrating, refreshing juice packed with vitamins and minerals!
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Top down shot of two glasses of Blood Orange Creamsicle Smoothies topped with coconut milk and lime slices
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Blood Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
A healthier take on a creamsicle smoothie with frozen blood orange segments, creamy coconut milk, collagen for a boost of protein, and citrusy lime juice. Just 5 ingredients required!
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Two glasses filled with our Blood Orange Green Smoothie recipe alongside ingredients used to make it
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Blood Orange Green Smoothie
A creamy, citrusy green smoothie infused with coconut milk and frozen banana. Lime and blood orange juice add vitamin C and a tart twist. The perfect way to start your day or recover from a workout.
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Wooden popsicle sticks in lines of All-Fruit Homemade Popsicles
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All-Fruit 4-Ingredient Popsicles
All-fruit popsicles with blueberries, oranges, and peaches. No popsicle molds required — so simple and so deliciously vegan!
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Knife resting in a jar of homemade Orange Thyme Jam
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Orange Thyme Jam
A simple, springtime jam with fresh oranges and thyme. The result is a luscious, not-too-sweet jam perfect for waffles, toast, pastries, and buttery biscuits. Just 7 ingredients and 1 bowl required.
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Spoon in a bowl of fresh cranberry sauce
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Easy Orange Cranberry Sauce (3 Ingredients!)
Simple, flavorful cranberry sauce made in 1 dish with 3 simple ingredients! Perfectly tart-sweet, naturally sweetened with maple syrup, and incredibly easy to make!
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Roasted Fennel and Brussels Sprout Salad
Delicious roasted fennel and Brussels sprout salad with almonds, cranberries, and orange slices. An easy, flavorful, elegant, plant-based side for the holidays and beyond! Just 9 ingredients required!
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Pouring Creamy Orange Chili Dressing onto a bowl of Vegan Mexican Quinoa Salad
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Black Bean Quinoa Salad with Orange Lime Dressing
An easy, 30-minute Mexican-inspired salad with quinoa, corn, black beans, avocado, and a creamy orange, lime, and chili dressing! Healthy, delicious, and so satisfying.
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Sliced orange and cinnamon sticks next to a bowl and baking dish of orange cranberry crisp
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Orange Cranberry Crisp (Gluten-Free & Easy!)
All of the flavors of cranberry sauce in a saucy, streusel-topped crisp! Cranberries are naturally sweetened with maple syrup and orange juice and topped with rolled oats, almond flour, cinnamon, and coconut sugar. The ultimate holiday breakfast or dessert! Just 10 ingredients required.
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Parchment paper filled with Orange Almond Vegan Biscotti dipped in dark chocolate
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Orange Almond Biscotti (Vegan)
Amazing, simple vegan biscotti infused with orange zest and roasted almonds. Dip in vegan dark chocolate for a decadent touch. A delicious vegan breakfast, dessert, or snack with your favorite hot beverage!
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Pouring two glasses of Raspberry Winter Bourbon Smash
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Winter Bourbon Smash
A winter bourbon smash made with raspberry preserves instead of fresh fruit to keep it seasonal and simple. Fresh and citrusy, not too sweet, and perfect for New Year’s Eve and other cold weather special occasions.
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Fresh orange wedge on the rim of a jar of Traditional Red Sangria
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Easy Traditional Red Sangria
Simple, traditional Red Spanish Sangria made with simple methods and just 6 ingredients. The perfect fruity summer beverage that’s adaptable and delicious!
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Lemon

Glasses of our Lemon Ginger Turmeric Wellness Shots on a cutting board with ingredients to make them
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Lemon Ginger Turmeric Wellness Shots
5-ingredient wellness shots with anti-inflammatory benefits, a mega-dose of vitamin C, and a delicate balance of flavors to create the ultimate juice to boost immunity!
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Two glasses of our detoxifying Ginger Lemon Water recipe beside fresh ginger and ground turmeric used to make them
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3-Ingredient Ginger Lemon Water
Nourishing, 3-ingredient ginger lemon water with fresh ginger, lemon, optional spices, and hot water. The perfect way to start the day to detoxify and refresh the body. A favorite morning ritual in the Minimalist Baker office.
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Two glass mugs of our Turmeric Tonic drink on a wood cutting board
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Healing 3-Ingredient Turmeric Tonic
A 5-minute, 3-ingredient, 1-pot healing tea tonic with ginger, lemon, turmeric, and cayenne. The perfect way to detox the body, recover from a cold, or relax before bed.
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Cutting board with glasses of green juice and ingredients used to make it
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Easy Green Juice Recipe + Juicing Tips
Our favorite green juice recipe, just 7 ingredients required! Incredibly refreshing, nourishing, and delicious. Plus, juicing tips, go-to methods, and juicer recommendations.
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Holding a glass jar filled with our green lemonade smoothie recipe
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Superfoods Green Lemonade Smoothie
A refreshing, potassium-rich, plant-based smoothie with banana, pineapple, ginger, greens, and superfoods. Just 1 blender, 10 minutes, and 10 ingredients required.
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Showing the fluffy texture of our vegan lemon cake
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Lemon Loaf Cake (Vegan/GF)
Fluffy, tender lemon cake made in 1 bowl! Vegan and gluten-free and topped with a stunning 3-ingredient glaze. Perfect for spring and beyond!
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Cutting board with Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins topped with icing
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Vegan Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
1-bowl, 30-minute vegan meyer lemon poppy seed muffins with a 2-ingredient lemon glaze. So moist, wholesome, perfectly sweet-tart, and delicious.
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Plate with a stack of two Blueberry Lemon Waffles topped with fresh blueberries
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Lemon Blueberry Waffles {Vegan + Gluten-Free}
Simple vegan, gluten-free waffles bursting with lemon + blueberry flavor. Minimal equipment and just 30 minutes required. Hello, quick, healthy breakfast.
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Spoon resting in a bowl of our Lemony Ginger Tahini Sauce
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Gingery Lemon Tahini Sauce
A perfectly balanced & gingery tahini sauce PERFECT for salads, dipping, bowl meals, and more. Just 1 bowl, 5 minutes, and 5 ingredients required!
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Picking up a spoonful of Avocado Aioli from a glass jar
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Easy Avocado Aioli (Oil-Free!)
An incredibly creamy oil-free aioli made with ripe avocado! Just 6 ingredients, 5 minutes, and 1 blender required for this dip or sauce that’s perfect alongside roasted potatoes, veggies, chips, and more!
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Whisking together ingredients for our easy Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing recipe
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How to Make Lemon Vinaigrette
An easy, step-by-step tutorial on how to make delicious lemon vinaigrette every time. Perfect for warm and cold salads, roasted veggies, and more!
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Bowl of white bean hummus surrounded by fresh vegetables and pita bread
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Lemon and Herb White Bean Dip
A zesty, herby, lemony dip made with white beans! A protein- and fiber-rich dip or snack made with just 7 wholesome ingredients in 10 minutes. Perfect for spring (or any time!).
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Spring Buddha Bowl with pickled vegetables, quinoa, kale, and white beans
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Spring Buddha Bowl with Quinoa & Lemony White Beans
A Buddha bowl that’s perfect for spring! Fluffy quinoa, lemony marinated white beans, massaged kale salad, lemon & herb bean dip, Green Goddess Dressing, and optional pickled vegetables! Just 10 ingredients required and perfect for meal prep!
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Salad spoons in a big wood bowl filled with Arugula Salad with Crispy Shallots
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Lemony Arugula Salad with Crispy Shallot
Our go-to side salad with arugula, roasted garlic, lemon vinaigrette, crispy sautéed shallot, and our 5-minute macadamia nut cheese! Perfect for hosting and beyond!
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Sprinkling vegan parmesan cheese over a bowl of pasta al limone
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Vegan Pasta Al Limone
A pasta that screams spring: Pasta Al Limone! Our vegan take doesn’t skimp on lemony, cheesy flavor or mega creamy texture. Just 10 ingredients and simple methods required!
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Plate of Vegan Asparagus Pasta topped with cooked lemon slices
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Creamy Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta
A vegan pasta that requires simple ingredients and just 30 minutes! A creamy butter- and dairy-free white sauce is infused with lemon and roasted garlic. Simple, light, delicious. See notes for adapting if you’re gluten-free or not vegan.
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Close up shot of two filets of freshly baked salmon topped with dill, lemon, and garlic sauce
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Lemon Baked Salmon With Garlic Dill Sauce (20 minutes!)
Simple, flavorful baked salmon with a quick garlic sauce. The perfect weeknight meal with just 20 minutes and 7 ingredients required.
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Platter of Oven Roasted Chicken and Roasted Root Vegetables with rosemary
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Lemon & Herb Roasted Chicken
A simple, fool-proof recipe for roasted chicken made in 1 pan with 6 ingredients. Infused with melted butter, rosemary, and fresh lemon. Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. Perfect for the holidays and beyond.
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Batch of Creamy Vegan Lemon Bars topped with lemon slices and powdered sugar
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Creamy Vegan Lemon Bars
Creamy, naturally sweetened vegan lemon bars made with 10 simple ingredients and a delicious gluten-free crust.
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Blue bowl filled with a batch of our vegan Lemon Donut Holes
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No-Bake Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Donut Holes
Tender no-bake donut holes infused with lemon juice and zest and speckled with poppy seeds! A 30-minute naturally sweetened, easy-to-make snack or dessert!
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Blueberry Pie Bars on parchment paper and in a pan
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Almond Lemon Blueberry Pie Bars
Simple, 10-ingredient Blueberry Pie Bars with a cookie crust, slivered-almond coating, and 2-ingredient glaze! The perfect easy summertime dessert.
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Jars of Vegan Lemon Curd topped with lemon zest and fresh raspberries
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Vegan Lemon Curd
EASY vegan lemon curd with just 5 ingredients and 1 pot required! Creamy, perfectly tart, naturally sweetened! Enjoy straight from the jar, or add to waffles, pancakes, and baked goods!
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No-Bake Lemon Cookie Fruit Tarts in parchment-lined mini tart tins
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No-Bake Lemon Cookie Fruit Tarts
Simple no-bake vegan tarts with a date-walnut crust and a creamy, dairy-free filling that tastes just like a lemon cookie!
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Lemon White Chocolate Cheesecake with Walnut-Date Crust for a gluten-free vegan dessert
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White Chocolate Lemon Cheesecake (Vegan + GF)
Amazing 10-ingredient White Chocolate Lemon Cheesecake made entirely in the food processor or blender! So rich, decadent, and satisfying you’d never guess it was vegan and gluten-free.
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Lime

Mango chunks, shredded coconut, and lime slices on a glass of our vegan Mango Lassi
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Creamy Vegan Mango Lassi
Our inspired take on a classic mango lassi with frozen ripe mango, tangy coconut yogurt, and lime juice! Just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes required for this sweet, creamy smoothie.
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Two glasses of our Cherry Limeade Smoothie recipe beside fruit used to make it
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Cherry Limeade Smoothie
A simple, 5-minute smoothie that tastes just like a creamy cherry limeade! 5 ingredients, perfectly tart and sweet, and perfect as a healthy breakfast or snack on the go!
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Bottle of mango habanero hot sauce next to limes, habaneros, and mango
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Zesty Mango Habanero Hot Sauce
A zesty, vibrant habanero hot sauce infused with ripe, juicy mango, fresh lime juice, smoky cumin seed, and garlic. So versatile and just 8 ingredients and 25 minutes required!
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Overhead shot of a bowl of oven roasted pepitas
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Chili Lime Roasted Pepitas (5 Ingredients!)
Zingy, crunchy, roasted pepitas perfect for snacking or topping salads or bowls. Plant-based, oil-free, and just 1 pan, 5 ingredients, and 15 minutes required!
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Lazy 1-Pot Vegan Tom Yum Soup
Easy, sweet and sour vegan Tom Yum Soup made entirely in 1 pot with ingredients you likely have on hand right now! Weeknight comfort with tons of flavor!
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Squares of our delicious Key Lime Pie Bars recipe
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Creamy Lime Pie Bars
Creamy lime pie bars with an almond-oat crust and creamy, cashew-based filling! Perfectly tart, naturally sweetened, and so delicious! 10 basic ingredients required.
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Half eaten Mini Vegan Key Lime Pie on a cutting board
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7-Ingredient Vegan Key Lime Pies
7-Ingredient key lime pie bites with a simple graham cracker crust! Perfectly tart, creamy, and so satisfying.
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Fresh limes, mint, and two Coconut Gin and Tonics
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Coconut Gin and Tonics
4-ingredient Gin and Tonic cocktails infused with naturally sweet coconut water for a refreshing, healthier cocktail perfect any time of year.
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Homemade Watermelon Slushie served in a watermelon rind with fresh limes on top
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Coconut Lime Watermelon Slushie
Super simple, 3-ingredient watermelon slushie with coconut milk and lime juice. The perfect refreshing, naturally sweetened summer treat!
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Glasses of homemade Pomegranate Lime Spritzers surrounded by Christmas lights
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Pomegranate Lime Spritzers
Simple Factor: 7 ingredients or less; 10 minutes or less. The perfect spritzer is born: Pomegranate juice, freshly squeezed lime, vodka, and tonic water. Light, cool, fruity, refreshing.
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Wood cutting board with lime wedges and Chili Lime Mango Margaritas
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Chili Lime Mango Margaritas
Simple mango margaritas with orange, lime, agave, and silver tequila! Cold, sweet, tangy, and subtly spiced. Perfect for Mexican food and warm weather!
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