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The Best Citrus Recipes to Brighten Your Day

The best citrus recipes to brighten your day! From cooking with citrus and creating delicious, sweet & savory recipes, to our go-to kitchen tools and all natural products, you’ll love these fun new ways to use lemons, limes, and oranges.

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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 spring-y twist, and a squeeze of lime juice on literally everything (let’s be real) is the perfect pop of flavor and freshness.

The best part about cooking with citrus is that it’s delicious in both sweet and savory recipes. I included the best savory citrus recipes, plus plenty of summer salads, healthy breakfasts, and plenty of citrus desserts. With summer *hopefully* around the corner I’ll be adding these fresh juices to more dressings and marinades that are perfect for grilling season. If you haven’t yet, try these out in your next salad and these for your chicken marinades! I also included great tools to help you in the kitchen, some amazing all natural products, and fun, citrus-themed goods to go with these recipes.

Okay okay enough talk it’s time to cook and bake your heart out with all of the seasonal citrus. If you make any of these recipes or use the products below, be sure to leave a comment and let me know how you liked them! Share a photo on Instagram using #ambitiouskitchen, and pop a photo into our Facebook Group. Enjoy, xoxo!

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1. Pistachio Poppyseed Orange Yogurt Bread

2. Melt In Your Mouth Italian Iced Orange Cookies

3. Dreamy Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

4. Paleo Orange-Kissed Loaf with Dark Chocolate Glaze

5. Orange Strawberry Avocado Salad with Citrus Poppyseed Dressing

6. Orange Carrot Zucchini Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

7. Healthy Sesame-Orange Ginger Chickpea Stir-Fry

lemon cookies with lemon glaze on a round wire rack


8. Lemon Cookies with Lovely Lemon Glaze

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

10. Avocado Tomato Chickpea Pasta Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

11. Kale, Edamame & Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

12. Healthy Lemon Poppyseed Muffins with Lemon Blueberry Glaze

13. Paleo Lemon Blueberry Bread

14. Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes

15. Healthy Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

16. 5-Ingredient Lemon Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken Breasts

17. Everything Spring Green Salad with Basil Lemon Vinaigrette

18. Lemon Blueberry Pistachio Cupcakes (Vegan + Gluten Free!)

19. Honey-Lemon Ricotta Breakfast Toast with Figs + Pistachios

20. Chia, Lemon & Strawberry Zucchini Muffins

salmon, avocado, and forbidden rice in a bowl next to a lime wedge and silverware


21. 30 Minute Chili Lime Salmon Bowls with Forbidden Rice

22. Jalapeño Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Crema

23. Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas with Avocado Lime Crema

24. Baked Peruvian Chicken Drumsticks with Avocado Lime Dipping Sauce

25. Honey-Lime Sriracha Salmon with Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodle Salad

26. Strawberry & Mango Chopped Spinach Quinoa Salad with Sesame-Lime Vinaigrette

27. Grilled Chili-Lime Fish Tacos with Sour Cream Cabbage Slaw + Mango & Avocado

28. Mango & Avocado Black Rice Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

29. Nourishing Asian Chicken Soup

30. Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

31. Gaby’s Grilled Fish Tacos with Pineapple-Mango Salsa

32. Street Corn Pasta Salad with Cilantro Pesto & Goat Cheese

33. Fiesta Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad

34. Avocado Strawberry Mango Salsa

35. Skinny Jalapeño Watermelon Margaritas

36. The Best Guacamole You’ll Ever Eat

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

38. Firecracker Salmon with Peach Avocado Salsa

Our favorite citrus-themed tools & products:

  1. Zester
  2. Juicer
  3. Hand Juicer
  4. Primally Pure Citrus & Mint Body Butter
  5. Garden of Life Sweet Orange Essential Oils
  6. Lemon Tea Infuser
  7. Lime & Coconut Body Scrub
  8. Herban Essentials Towelettes
  9. Orange Tasseled Beach Towel
  10. Rosemary + Lemon Candle
  11. Spindrift Lime & Spindrift Lemon Sparkling Water
  12. Herbivore Botanicals Citrine Body Oil
  13. Lime Flaky Sea Salt
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