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The Best Lemon Recipes (sweet & savory!)

Fun fact about AK readers: they are truly lemon OBSESSED. Seriously, every time I post a new lemon recipe on the blog or share it on social everyone goes crazy for it. One of the most requested desserts is “anything with lemon.”

Alright people, I’ve heard your call for more and more lemon recipes so I decided to put together this roundup of ALL of my recipes using fresh lemons. That’s right, you’ll find over 50 amazing, sweet and savory lemon recipes that you can seriously enjoy for every meal.

*Don’t forget about this fun tutorial where you can learn How to Make Dried Citrus!

Fall in love with lemons

As I started to put together this giant list of healthy lemon recipes I realized just how frequently I cook and bake with lemons. Lemon juice (and zest) just happen to sneak their way into everything from breads and muffins to dressings, main dishes, and of course, cakes, cookies and bars. It adds freshness and acidity to things like dressings & marinades, plus adds bright flavor to sweet treats.

For ease, I broke these recipes down into:

  • Sweet breakfasts
  • Fruit & veggie salads
  • Quinoa & pasta salads
  • Sandwiches & wraps
  • Dressings & sauces
  • Snacks, apps & sides
  • Savory dinners
  • And incredible desserts

If you’ve ever wondered “what can I do with excess lemons?” the answer is to choose a recipe from each of these categories and go have yourself a lemon party.

lemon blueberry baked oatmeal in a baking dish with a slice cut out

Sweet breakfasts

Lemon Poppy Seed Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

The Fluffiest Lemon Blueberry Poppy Seed Pancakes (high in protein, gluten free!)

Lemon Blueberry Smoothie

Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes

Honey-Lemon Ricotta Breakfast Toast with Figs + Pistachios

Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with Lemon Blueberry Glaze

Paleo Lemon Blueberry Bread

Chia, Lemon & Strawberry Zucchini Muffins

Vegan Lemon Blueberry Loaf

vegan caesar salad on a platter

Fruit & veggie salads

Vegan Caesar Salad

Everything Spring Green Salad with Basil Lemon Vinaigrette

Peach Brussels Sprouts Crunch Salad with Creamy Tahini Poppy Seed Dressing

Spicy Ranch Chopped Chicken Cabbage Salad

Healthy Summer Broccoli Salad

Grilled Carrot Arugula Salad with Fig, Goat Cheese & Avocado

The Easiest Chopped Greek Chickpea Salad

Southwest Chicken Salad with Chipotle Greek Yogurt Dressing

Avocado Peach Tomato Salad with Dilly Tahini Dressing

Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Kale Salad with Apple, Gorgonzola & Candied Pecans

Easy Mediterranean Pesto Chickpea Salad

Vegan Potato Salad with Herbed Tahini Sauce

Summer Chicken Chopped Salad with Strawberries, Avocado + Feta

Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad

Winter Roasted Butternut Squash Black Lentil Salad with Grapes + Arugula

Vegan Potato Salad with Herbed Tahini Sauce

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Cranberries & Toasted Almonds

Italian orzo salad in a bowl

Quinoa & pasta salads

Herby Olive Italian Orzo Salad

Vegan Caesar Pasta Salad

Roasted Carrot Cauliflower Quinoa Salad with Sunshine Dressing

Kale, Edamame & Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Damn Good BLT Pasta Salad with Creamy Jalapeño Cashew Dressing

Roasted Veggie, Chickpea & Pesto Quinoa Salad

Peach, Tomato & Corn Arugula Pasta Salad

Green Goddess Tuna Quinoa Salad

Avocado & Tomato Chickpea Pasta Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad with Cherries, Goat Cheese + Candied Walnuts

Fresh Strawberry Basil Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese, Sunflower Seeds & Lemon Vinaigrette

curry chickpea salad wraps on a plate

Sandwiches & wraps

Vegan Curry Chickpea Salad Collard Wraps

High-Protein Black Bean Avocado Tuna Salad Sandwiches

Farmer’s Market Spicy Tuna Wraps with Homemade Chipotle Greek Yogurt Ranch

Smashed Chickpea Avocado Salad Sandwich with Cranberries + Lemon

spooning sunshine dressing out of a jar

Dressings & sauces

Sunshine Dressing

Healthy Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Creamy Tahini Poppy Seed Dressing

Vegan Caesar Dressing

Healthy Curry Tahini Dressing

Creamy Feta Yogurt Dressing (or dip!)

Jalapeño Cashew Cream Sauce

The Best Creamy Tahini Sauce Recipe

five bowls of homemade hummus on a board

Snacks, apps & sides

How to Make Super Creamy Hummus (+5 different flavor variations!)

Cilantro Pistachio Pesto Hummus

Whipped Feta Yogurt Dip with Hot Honey, Basil & Toasted Almonds

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with Bleu Cheese Yogurt Dip

Grilled Crostini with Roasted Cherries, Goat Cheese & Basil

Roasted Garlic Tahini Carrot Dip

Sweet and Spicy Curry Hummus

Roasted Garlic Hummus

White Cheddar Brussels Sprouts & Pistachio Crostini with Hot Honey

Healthy Bleu Cheese Yogurt Dip (or dressing!)

Roasted Garlic Basil Pesto Potatoes with Arugula

Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus

Summer Berry Crostini with Lemon Ricotta + Honey

Roasted Beet Hummus

Garlic White Bean Basil Hummus

honey lemon garlic salmon on a baking sheet

Savory dinners

Honey Lemon Garlic Salmon

Grilled Tahini Chicken Caesar Sandwiches

One Pan Tandoori Chicken with Spiced Coconut Rice

Greek Turkey Meatballs with Lemon Orzo & Creamy Feta Yogurt Sauce

Jalapeño Curry Turkey Burgers

Sheet Pan Moroccan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes & Cauliflower

How to Spatchcock a Chicken

5-Ingredient Lemon Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken Breasts

Avocado Basil Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Paleo Turmeric Chicken Meatballs with Green Tahini Sauce

Butternut Squash, Chickpea & Lentil Moroccan Stew

Healthy Chicken Burgers with Spinach Basil Pesto & Mozzarella

Comforting & Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup (with a hint of lemon & rosemary)

pulling a slice of lemon raspberry cake out of the cake

Incredible desserts

Almond Lemon Raspberry Poppy Seed Cake

Paleo Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Soft Brown Butter Ginger Cookies with Lovely Lemon Icing

Lemon Blueberry Zucchini Cake with Lemon Frosting

Lemon Cookies with Lovely Lemon Glaze

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

Vegan & Gluten Free Lemon Blueberry Pistachio Cupcakes

If you make any of these lemon recipes be sure to leave a comment and a rating on the recipe so I know how you liked it!

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