Lisa and I have had our fair share of lemonade stand-offs. We used to set up shop 15 paces apart to see who was the superior street salesperson. Her stand always had a lineup down the block. Maybe it was because I would sell for a buck-a-cup while she gave it away. Or could it have been that while I poured warm lemonade from a carton, hers was icy cold and hand-squeezed?
But those days are behind us now. Today, we both agree lemons are the perfect addition to your recipes if you want to serve up zingy, lip smacking, crowd-pleasing eats. We love working them in to everything from crisp salads and savoury mains to delicious desserts and refreshing cocktails.
So we've rounded up our all-time favourite lemon-infused recipes to share with you. Prepare to pucker up and get ready to dig in to this selection of fresh and fantastic lemony fare.
But before you run to the store to grab a bag of lemons and start squeezing, we've got some tips for you to ensure you get the most juice out of your lemons:
1) Thin-skinned lemons tend to be the juiciest.
2) Buy a good hand-held juicer -- it will help you get the maximum amount of juice from lemons without exerting yourself.
3) If juicing by hand, heat the lemon in the microwave for 30 seconds and then roll it on the counter with your hand before squeezing.
And remember: 1 lemon= 3-4 tablespoons of lemon juice. Zingy, tart, and lip-smackingly-delicious, get ready to dig-in and enjoy!
Think Queen B is the only one serving up lemonade this season? Our stand is lined up ‘round the block thanks to this hit-making collection of lemon-centric recipes.
This delicious, elegant and utterly simple Baked Lemon Cod
, a mild white fish, takes on a zesty lemon flavour and is paired with a refreshing and crunchy orange jicama salad. GET THE RECIPE HERE
Kale is a superfood and this lemony kale salad with apples, dried cherries, currants and pine nuts is superb food. This amazingly refreshing and crunchy salad is tossed in a lemon vinaigrette and served in an edible Parmesan bowl. GET THE RECIPE HERE
Why is this Lemon Chicken
among our most-requested recipes? Perhaps it's because the chicken is marinated in white wine and lemon juice, or that it's topped with a sprinkle of brown sugar or, it could be because it's baked to juicy perfection in a citrus broth mixture. GET THE RECIPE HERE
This Lemon Dill Grilled Chicken
is quickly going to become your dependable, delicious and easy “old faithful” in your recipe repertoire, a simple yet flavourful grilled chicken that has been marinated in a zesty lemon, lime, dill and Dijon mixture. GET THE RECIPE HERE
Take a big inhale. In aromatherapy, lemon lifts your mood and calms your stress. So let’s take this balm of serenity out of the realm of wind chimes and onto a plate – one bite of this zesty lemon loaf
, drizzled with tart lemon glaze, will have you downright chill. GET THE RECIPE HERE
When life gives you pink lemonade, make these incredible sweet-yet- tart Pink Lemonade Cupcakes
. Super easy to whip up, everyone will be tickled pink when they get their hands (and mouths) on these delicious cupcakes. GET THE RECIPE HERE
Demand is high for this zingy and zesty Lemonade Layer Cake
, moist layers infused with lemon and topped with a smooth lemon and cream cheese frosting. GET THE RECIPE HERE
Love pie? This is the one for you, the perfect Lemon Meringue Pie
with a crust that's the ideal combination of flaky and buttery, topped with a smooth, tart and luscious lemon filling and finished with airy, fluffy and mile-high meringue.GET THE RECIPE HERE
Moist and delicious, these Lemon Glazed Scones
deliver terrific tartness perfect for breakfast, brunch or a teatime snack. GET THE RECIPE HERE
Pucker up and get ready to dig in to this Lemonade Puppy Chow
, a sweet and zesty snack mix that combines creamy white chocolate with tart lemon. GET THE RECIPE HERE
You can have your candy and drink it too with this pucker-up Lemon Jelly Belly Milkshake,
a combo of lemony sorbet, zest and curd, blended with vanilla ice cream and topped with whipped cream and candy! GET THE RECIPE HERE
Think pink with this pink lemonade vodka martini
, a cocktail made with lemonade, Limoncello, vodka and cranberry juice. GET THE RECIPE HERE
What happens when the lemonade stand and the keg collide? The perfectly refreshing and delicious beer shandy drink recipe that combines lager beer with ginger ale and lemonade. Bottoms up! GET THE RECIPE HERE
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