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When you think winter, you probably don’t think produce. (More like barren tundra of carbs, right?) Not so, friends. Behold the Meyer lemon: a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange…that’s also one of the season’s brightest, tastiest fruits. Here are 17 sweet and savory recipes starring the seasonal citrus.

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Ombré Citrus Upside-Down Cake

And you thought winter was dreary.

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Kale Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

With pomegranate, pecans and quinoa, it’s basically the opposite of that sad desk salad you’re eating right now.

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One-Skillet Lemon Butter Chicken and Orzo

Did you know that you can substitute Meyer lemons for regular ones in any dish? They’ll add a burst of citrus flavor without the acidic bite.

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Vegan Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Don’t skimp on the glaze.

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Roasted Broccoli with Meyer Lemon and Garlic

Slice the citrus thin enough and you can actually eat the whole thing.

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Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake

Like two desserts in one, courtesy of Coterie member Liz Harris.

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Rosemary Olive Oil Cake with Meyer Lemon Glaze

A little sweet, a little savory.

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Meyer Lemon and Thyme Bees Knees

A refreshing blend of gin and honey really hits the spot.

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Red Beet Gnocchi with a Meyer Lemon Pesto

Just try and find a more colorful dish than this one, courtesy of Jodi Moreno.

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Flourless Meyer Lemon Almond Loaf Cake

Serve it with lots of coffee.

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Meyer Lemon Chamomile Crepes Suzette with Greek Yogurt

Light, sweet, tangy and brunch-approved.

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Meyer Lemon Roast Chicken

Paging Ina Garten…

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Preserved Lemons

Add them to salads, pasta, veggies, whatever.

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Rosemary, Pomegranate and Meyer Lemon Vodka Sparklers

These cocktails are a celebration in themselves.

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Braised Kale and Cauliflower with Meyer Lemon, Garlic and Olives

To be served over a heaping bowl of warm grains. (Thanks, Jodi Moreno.)

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Simple Lemon Pasta

Fork, twirl, repeat.

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Meyer Lemon Chive Crab Bites

This calls for a cocktail party. (Thanks, Aida Mollenkamp.)

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