Love lemons? We love ‘em too! These citrus fruits are so much more than a pretty garnish. From delightful dinners to delectable desserts to delicious drinks, we’ve got 17 lemon recipes for lemon lovers to add to their healthy meal plans.
Lemons are a superfood you can get sweet on. They’re probably most well-known for their high level of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune system and cell health. In addition, research suggests citrus compounds called limonoids may actually inhibit the growth of tumor cells . The vitamin C in lemons also offers anti-aging properties by providing a necessary component for building the collagen that acts as skin’s foundation.
However, lemons, like the ones found in the lemon dishes below, do so much more. For example, they support the body’s natural detox system, helping convert unhealthy toxins to a less-toxic form. These yellow gems may also help battle osteoarthritis as well as rheumatoid arthritis by fighting the inflammation that harms joints. Lemons are healthy for your heart and other muscles, too, because they’re rich in potassium, a mineral key for proper muscle contraction.
P.S. Lemons aren’t just for eating! Try a DIY Lemon Brown Sugar Hand Scrub for soft hands.
Lemon Side Dish & Entrée Recipes
1. Simply Sautéed Lemon Tilapia
Lemon recipes, like this fish dish, are remarkably simple and always yummy.
2. Garden Salad with Lemon & Oil Dressing
From delish avocado to crunchy almonds, this salad is a winner as a light entrée or side salad.
3. Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken
Dish out ready-to-go dinnertime goodness with this healthy recipe, which also includes olives.
4. Wild Salmon Vegetable Salad with Lemon Miso Dressing
We dig this dish because it incorporates a yummy lemon dressing as well as whole foods like cabbage, carrots, and onions.
5. Skillet Chicken with Lemon Garlic Sauce
With garlic and spices, lemon dishes like this entrée are flavorful—not fatty.
6. Fava Beans with Garlic and Lemon
Superfood fava beans combine with a tasty sauce for a healthy side dish or light veggie entrée.
7. Honey-Dijon Glazed Salmon with a Hint of Lemon
Show your heart some love with this lemon dish, which is simple enough for a weeknight and tasty enough for a date night.
8. Skinny Lemon Chicken Skillet
Lemons, honey, vegetable broth, and spices blend in this delicious entrée, which is rich in good-for-you antioxidants—and flavor.
9. Rainbow Salad with Honey-Lemon Dressing
This low-calorie salad is packed with superfoods and lemon yumminess.
10. Slow Cooker Lemon Basil Chicken with Carrots
Combine lemon dishes like this one with brown rice for a hearty entrée that offers slow cooker convenience.
11. Citrus and Spinach Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing
A refreshing choice any time of year, this salad combines creamy dressing with crunchy candied pistachios.
Lemon Dessert Recipes
12. Lush Lemon Frozen Yogurt
Ditch thigh-thickening store-bought ice cream and serve this homemade dish of clean-eating yumminess—no ice cream maker required!
13. No-Bake Lemon Berry Cups
This treat is guilt-free and easy to prep, making it a great choice any night of the week.
14. Refreshing Lemon-Lime Popsicles
Lemon recipes, like this one, which also includes apple or white grape juice, are refreshingly delish whether you’re 8 or 80.
Lemon Drink Recipes
15. Morning Lemon & Mint Detox Water
Enjoy a refreshing start to the morning with a no-hassle, wake-you-up drink recipe.
16. Strawberry Lemonade
Savor the flavor you love, without all the processed ingredients found in store-bought mixes.
17. Nantucket Iced Tea
Part lemonade, part iced tea…all delicious.
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