Best Winter Citrus Recipes

Pink and orange citrus fruits such as orange and grapefruit signal immune-boosting vitamins that our bodies love in the winter. Here is a round-up of my favorite recipes for winter citrus (besides just eating it straight of course!)

For more resources for eating in season, check out the Seasonal Eating Cookbook that I wrote with the great Andreea Fegan.

My Favorite Winter Citrus Recipes

1. Cabbage Citrus Salad w/ Miso Tahini Dressing

I discovered this salad when I was living in Japan last year and ate this salad almost every single day. The little clementines that are in season right now are perfect for this salad. It’s a perfect pairing of crunchy cabbage and cucumbers, sweet oranges, creamy umami-filled miso tahini dressing, and wakame seaweed for a fun twist. Find the recipe here.

2. Bejeweled Pomegranate & Orange Buckwheat Bowl

This breakfast provides a welcome splash of color and brightness during the colder, darker months. The pop of pomegranate seeds and winter citrus is so sweet and juicy! I love cooked buckwheat for this, but feel free to swap the porridge for other breakfast grains. Find the recipe here.

3. Winter Bliss Bowls

During the cold season, we’re naturally drawn to calorie-dense, cooked foods and colorful ingredients that signal high nutrient density, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory action, including citrus! Find my complete guide to winter buddha bowls here.

4. Orange & Chocolate Chia Oats

This decadent bowl of porridge is as nutritious as it is tasty. It comes together in less than 10 minutes too.

Recipe:

Serves: 2

Porridge:

  • 1/2 cup dry oats (or other porridge grain of choice)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup plant-based milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • 1 spoonful good quality cocoa powder, to taste
  • small splash of vanilla extract

Toppings:

  • sliced oranges
  • sprinkle of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • a few dark chocolate chips
  • sprinkle of hemp seeds
  • sliced almonds or walnuts

Directions:

  • In a small saucepan, combine all of the porridge ingredients.
  • Simmer over low heat for 5-10 minutes, adding water or milk to your desired consistency.
  • Top with desired toppings!

5. Beet & Citrus Salad

Sometimes simplicity wins, especially when showcasing something as special as sweet, in-season citrus fruit. Try a simple roasted beet salad on top of your salad greens of choice, with oranges, grapefruit, and a simple balsamic dressing.

6. Avocado & Citrus Salad

Another simple salad that doesn’t even need a recipe, avocado, beets, oranges, thinly sliced red onions, and a sprinkle of walnuts. Perfect.

7. Orange Cornmeal Griddle Cakes

These tasty cornmeal flapjacks are beautifully scented with orange zest. Find the recipe here.

What are your favorite ways to eat bright, winter citrus fruits?

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