Best Vegan Recipes with Citrus Fruits 🍊From sweet to sour to savory, this collection of 28+ favorite recipes featuring lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit is sure to awaken your taste buds and brighten your day!
C is for Citrus and when I think about it, I imagine juicy, refreshing, thirst quenching treats like lemonade or slices of fresh oranges on warm summer days. What I forget is that those very fruits are at their peak during the winter months, where the majority are grown, in California, Florida, Arizona, and Texas.
If you were to ask me what is my #1 favorite ingredient, lemons would likely be my top choice. A squeeze of fresh lemon boosts flavor in most dishes, and is a healthy alternative to adding salt. It's perfect in marinades, salad dressings, iced tea, sweet and savory recipes.
I love having citrus trees in my yard and use lemons, limes, and oranges almost daily. It's just so nice being able to pick them fresh off the branch. I'm always looking for new ways to enjoy the fantastic flavor and immunity-boosting nutrients in these juicy and vibrant fruits. Even the peels are wonderful to use as zest or in homemade citrus infused vinegars.
Table of Contents
- Lemon Drop Cookies
- Citrus Carpaccio
- Vegan Citrus Compound Butter
- Cranberry Cheese Bites
- Lemon Roasted Potatoes
- Vegan Lemon Blueberry Bread
- Garden Fresh Gazpacho
- Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup
- Cranberry Orange Sauce
- Avocado Lemon Basil Dressing
- Watermelon Pico de Gallo
- Fabulous 4 Bean Fiesta Salad
- Orange Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Easy Lemon Artichoke Orzo Salad
- Fresh Cranberry Pineapple Relish
- Southwestern Quinoa Salad
- Watermelon Salad with Citrus Dressing
- Vegan Classic Caesar Salad & Dressing
- Cranberry Orange Yams (Sweet Potatoes)
- Best Vegan Tom Yum Soup
- Tofu Orange Veggie Skillet
- Pulled Jackfruit Street Tacos
- Homemade Cranberry Applesauce
- Cranberry Orange Bread
- Old Fashioned Apple Crisp with Orange Juice
- World's Best Lemon Meringue Pie
- Coconut Orange Curd
- Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
From my backyard to your kitchen, here is a bounty of my favorite citrus-centric vegan recipes (in no particular order) for you to enjoy, all year long! 🍊
Lemon Drop Cookies
Soft and buttery cookies topped with a bright & citrusy lemon glaze icing. Inspired by traditional Italian lemon drop cookies, this easy vegan recipe has all the delicious flavor and texture without the eggs or dairy. How sweet is that?
An elevated & elegant vegan version of a classic Mediterranean starter prepared with fresh oranges, pink grapefruit, beets, arugula, fennel, and pistachios. GF and oil-free option.
Vegan Citrus Compound Butter
Homemade plant-based butter combined with fresh citrus fruits, herbs, and natural ingredients. Vegan butter just got better!
Cranberry Cheese Bites
Deliciously festive bite-size appetizers baked in puff pastry with vegan cream cheese topped with a homemade cranberry orange sauce, zest & fresh herbs.
Lemon Roasted Potatoes
A simply delicious, healthy & easy recipe for preparing the tastiest lemony potato wedges to enjoy with sauces, dips, vegan cheese or all on their own! GF
Vegan Lemon Blueberry Bread
A simply scrumptious recipe for making the best lemon blueberry bread with all vegan ingredients. Deliciously moist and topped with a citrusy lemony glaze, this quick bread will brighten anyone's day.
Garden Fresh Gazpacho
A zesty & refreshing chilled soup loaded with garden fresh veggies and bright, intense flavor. Ripe red tomatoes, cucumber, celery, peppers and lime juice make this quick & easy gazpacho so healthy & delicious! GF. Oil-free option.
Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup
A refreshing, creamy cold soup made with a fusion of ripe avocado, cucumber, tart fresh lemon, dill & non-dairy yogurt. This easy and delicious vegan recipe is a summertime favorite. GF and no added oil.
Cranberry Orange Sauce
A deliciously vibrant combo of whole cranberries and fresh orange sweetened with maple syrup and a hint of spice. How nice!
Avocado Lemon Basil Dressing
This easy, healthy, oil-free salad dressing recipe has it all. Creamy, citrusy, and subtly sweet with the perfect herbal balance of basil, tart lemon, and the richness of avocado. GF
Watermelon Pico de Gallo
This spicy, sweet and refreshing combo of fresh watermelon, cucumber, lime and mango will brighten up any patio party, potluck, or picnic. Oil-free & GF.
Fabulous 4 Bean Fiesta Salad
A festive, flavorful and colorful combo of delicious beans, peppers, red onion, corn and cilantro in a light & zesty citrus dressing. Perfect for potlucks, patio parties, picnics & outdoor entertaining! GF. Oil-free option.
Orange Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Beautifully roasted and tossed in a lightly sweet & citrusy vegan sauce with fresh orange juice, zest, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and plant-based butter. Brussels sprouts have never tasted (or looked) so good!
Easy Lemon Artichoke Orzo Salad
A delicious & healthy Mediterranean pasta salad full of bright flavors & textures with artichoke hearts, chickpeas, olives, sun-dried tomatoes & plant-based feta in a citrusy lemon basil dressing.
Fresh Cranberry Pineapple Relish
A bright & tangy melange of fresh cranberries, pineapple, apples & oranges lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup and a pinch of holiday spice.
Southwestern Quinoa Salad
Super food. Super good. This vibrant colorful salad is full of bright, fantastic flavor, protein & fresh, nutrient-rich ingredients. You'll love this easy and healthy salad tossed in a zesty lime dressing. Oil-free option & gluten-free.
Watermelon Salad with Citrus Dressing
This easy & delicious vegan salad is abundant with bright fresh flavors, color and healthy nutrition. You'll love this refreshing combo of sweet watermelon, crisp cucumber, red onion, luscious avocado, and fresh herbs tossed in a light and lovely oil-free lime citrus dressing.
Vegan Classic Caesar Salad & Dressing
Get ready for the best vegan version of a classic Caesar salad! Crisp romaine lettuce tossed with a creamy, cheesy, & lemony plant-based dressing, topped with vegan parmesan and toasty croutons.
Cranberry Orange Yams (Sweet Potatoes)
Made with sweet potatoes (yams) and fresh cranberries baked with a citrusy orange and maple glaze and a hint of nutmeg. Enjoy this delish dish anytime you want!
Best Vegan Tom Yum Soup
A bright, flavorful hot & sour Thai soup abundant with fresh veggies, tofu, lemongrass, spicy chiles, fresh lime & other healthy ingredients. Your taste buds are going to say "yum yum" with this delicious & nutritious plant-based soup! Oil-free and gluten-free.
Tofu Orange Veggie Skillet
Savory pan-seared tofu with veggies, chickpeas and citrusy slices of bright fresh orange slices make this a super nutrish & delish all-vegan dish! GF & oil-free.
Pulled Jackfruit Street Tacos
A simply delicious recipe for creating the best meatless street tacos using all plant-based ingredients including jackfruit, onions, garlic, maple syrup, spices and fresh lime juice.
Homemade Cranberry Applesauce
A bright and delicious applesauce recipe with fresh cranberries lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup, a touch of holiday spice, lemon juice and orange zest. Vegan & gluten-free.
Cranberry Orange Bread
An easy & delicious recipe for a sweet, citrusy, and moist quick bread loaf made with oranges & tangy cranberries.
Old Fashioned Apple Crisp with Orange Juice
A simply sweet & scrumptious vegan version of a classic apple dessert made even tastier with a splash of orange juice, a sprinkle of tart cranberries and a crispy caramelized oat topping. Oh my, it's easier than pie!
World's Best Lemon Meringue Pie
The silkiest smooth lemon filling with just the right balance of tart and sweet, topped with mounds of luscious vegan meringue in a golden buttery flaky crust.
Coconut Orange Curd
A lightly sweet, citrusy, creamy spread made with fresh oranges and coconut. Enjoy on freshly baked scones, biscuits and quick breads.
Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
A simply scrumptious sweet & slightly tart frosting made with plant-based cream cheese, vegan butter, fresh lemon & confectioner's sugar.
What are citrus fruits?
Citrus fruits, like lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit, grow on trees and shrubs. They have thick peels and juicy pulp which can range from sweet, sour or bitter in flavor. This article discusses the varieties of citrus fruits in detail.
Are citrus fruits healthy?
Citrus fruits are an excellent source of vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber, in addition to providing several other beneficial nutrients according to this article from healthline.com.
How to keep citrus fruits fresh?
You can store uncut citrus fruits at room temperature for a day or two, but the best way to keep them fresh longer is by storing them bagged in a crisper drawer in the refrigerator. Cut fruit should be wrapped in food safe plastic or in an airtight container.
If you enjoyed my delish citrus dishes, check out these super summer salads!
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