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Zesty & Bright: 30 Savory Lemon Recipes, from Meats and Pasta to Salads and Side Dishes

Zesty & Bright: 30 Savory Lemon Recipes, from Meats and Pasta to Salads and Side Dishes

When life gives you lots of lemons, showcase them and their bright, bold citrus tang! Get inspired by these 30 zesty and bright savory lemon recipes.

Zesty & Bright: 30 Savory Lemon Recipes, from Meats and Pasta to Salads and Side Dishes // FoodNouveau.com

It always seems to me like savory lemon dishes don’t get the same amount of love as their sweet lemon counterparts and that is a culinary shame!

If there is one ingredient you need to have in your fridge at all times, it’s a lemon—or 3 or 4! When you have lemons, you can turn almost anything in your fridge or pantry into a zesty, aromatic, flavorful meal.

Lemon pairs beautifully with so many ingredients, from pasta and vegetables to seafood and meats. Can you imagine a world without lemon garlic butter drizzled generously over a skewer of shrimp, a dish of asparagus, or a bed of noodles? It’s not a world I want to contemplate!

Instantly brighten up a salad or veggies with a squeeze of lemon. Highlight the delicate flavors of your favorite fish with lemon butter. Add depth to your soups and pasta with a sprinkle of lemon zest. Adding a touch of acidic lemon to a rich dish has the power to perfectly balance flavors and textures, making it a delight for your tastebuds!.

And don’t forget condiments! Having a bottle of lemon vinaigrette or a jar of preserved lemons in the fridge is a quick way to add a hit of bright lemon flavor to your cooking.

When you have lemons, you have options! And these 30 savory lemon dishes will give you lots of cooking inspiration.

Pssst… If you love adding a splash of citrus to your savory dishes as much as I do, be sure to check out my Citrus Savory Delights ebook, which is filled with 16 well-loved and meticulously tested savory citrus recipes!



Lemon Pasta and Risotto Recipes


1. Spaghetti al Limone (Creamy Lemon Spaghetti)

by Food Nouveau

Spaghetti al Limone will please all fans of mac’n’cheese and Cacio e Pepe! This easy, 5-ingredient recipe is rich, zesty, and utterly satisfying to eat. Dig in as is, or fold in veggies and/or proteins for a heartier dish!

Spaghetti al Limone (Creamy Lemon Spaghetti) // 30 Zesty & Bright Savory Lemon Recipes // FoodNouveau.com

2. Lemon Water Spaghetti

by The Pasta Project

This divine lemon water spaghetti is based on a recipe by Neapolitan Michelin star chef, Peppe Guida. With just 3 ingredients and some good olive oil, you can create a plate of pasta your guests will never forget.

Lemon Water Spaghetti by The Pasta Project // FoodNouveau.com

3. Garlic Lemon Pasta with Roasted Shrimp

by Frugal Mom Eh!

This quick and easy lemon pasta recipe is super fresh and delicious. It’s an utterly family-friendly recipe!

Garlic Lemon Pasta with Roasted Shrimp by Frugal Mom Eh! // FoodNouveau.com

4. Lemony Broiled Cauliflower Pasta

by Food Nouveau

This easy broiled cauliflower pasta dish combines enticing flavors and textures to create a simple, satisfying, vegetarian weeknight meal.

Lemony Broiled Cauliflower Pasta // FoodNouveau.com

5. Lemon Asparagus Risotto

by Food Nouveau

This creamy lemon asparagus risotto combines zesty lemon with the iconic, bright green spring stalks. A delightful dish for special nights, but quick enough for weeknights, too!

Lemon Asparagus Risotto // FoodNouveau.com


Meat-Centric Lemon Recipes


6. Roasted Lemon Chicken (Pollo Al Limone)

by What a Girl Eats

Roasted lemon chicken is one of the easiest savory lemon recipes ever. Everyone should know how to make a basic roasted chicken! This is the Italian version, Pollo Al Limone. Three simple ingredients produce the moistest and most flavorful chicken ever!

Roasted Lemon Chicken {Pollo Al Limone} by What a Girl Eats // FoodNouveau.com

7. Chicken Tenders (Lemon Garlic Butter)

by Recipes from a Pantry by Bintu

This lemony chicken tenders recipe is one of the best ways to make chicken strips at home. Flavorful and versatile chicken tenders cook fast and are ready to serve in just 15 minutes!

Chicken Tenders (Lemon Garlic Butter) by Recipes from a Pantry by Bintu // 30 Zesty & Bright Savory Lemon Recipes // FoodNouveau.com

8. Lemon Chicken Skewers

by The Petite Cook

Looking for a quick, healthy meal ready in less than 30 minutes with 5 ingredients only? Look no further, these tasty lemon chicken skewers are awesomely gluten-free, dairy-free, and loaded with flavor!

Lemon Chicken Skewers by The Petite Cook // FoodNouveau.com

9. Sheet Pan Lemon Pepper Chicken

by Thrifty Jinxy

This zesty lemon chicken sheet pan dinner combines with French green beans and potatoes to make a delicious sheet pan dinner seasoned with lemon pepper that’s perfect for any night of the week.

Sheet Pan Lemon Pepper Chicken by Thrifty Jinxy // FoodNouveau.com

10. Za’atar Grilled Chicken Drumsticks + Lemon Yogurt Sauce

by Killing Thyme

These super garlicky, crowd-pleasing za’atar grilled chicken drumsticks slathered in tangy lemon yogurt sauce will leave your loved ones begging for the recipe!

11. Caramelized Lemon Meatballs

by Food Nouveau

The recipe for these zesty caramelized lemon meatballs is adapted from a Tuscan family recipe. Best enjoyed with a side of pasta and roasted broccoli rabe!

Caramelized Lemon Meatballs with Roasted Broccoli Rabe // 30 Zesty & Bright Savory Lemon Recipes // FoodNouveau.com

12. Lemon Cardamom Meatballs with Garlic Tahini Sauce

by Heartbeet Kitchen

These delicious lemon cardamom meatballs are made with fresh lemon and aromatic cardamom, which makes them bright and flavorful. The creamy tahini sauce is worth making this dish alone!

Lemon Cardamom Meatballs with Garlic Tahini Sauce by Heartbeet Kitchen // 30 Zesty & Bright Savory Lemon Recipes // FoodNouveau.com

13. Veal Escalopes in Lemon Sauce

by Where Is My Spoon

These incredibly tender veal escalopes are served with a bright lemon sauce. A classic Italian dish–Scallopine al Limone, it’s simple and delicious, and it’s made with only four ingredients.

Veal Escalopes in Lemon Sauce by Where is My Spoon // FoodNouveau.com


Lemon Fish and Seafood Recipes


14. Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp with Chilies

by Killing Thyme

These lemon garlic butter shrimp are the perfect complement for grilled meats and pasta. Its flavors are bright and garlicky and the prep is uncomplicated.

Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp with Chilies by Killing Thyme // 30 Zesty & Bright Savory Lemon Recipes // FoodNouveau.com

15. Lemon Salmon 

by The Clean Eating Couple

This easy lemon salmon recipe is perfect for a quick dinner. Learn how to make lemon salmon in one pan that is healthy and delicious!

Lemon Salmon by The Clean Eating Couple // FoodNouveau.com

16. Sole in Lemon Butter Sauce (Sole Meunière)

by Vikalinka

Sole Meuniere recipe is an absolute classic but did you know you don’t have to be a classically trained chef to master it? It’s incredibly simple and quick. Learn how to make this savory lemon recipe and impress your guests with its elegant flavors!

Sole in Lemon Butter Sauce (Sole Meunière) by Vikalinka // 30 Zesty & Bright Savory Lemon Recipes // FoodNouveau.com


Lemon Appetizer and Soup Recipes


17. Greek Lemon Chicken Soup (Kotopoulo Soupa Avgolemono)

by The Greek Foodie

This Greek lemon chicken soup is delicious and can be used for healing purposes—or quite simply for pure comfort and delight. Avgolemono is a much-loved traditional Greek soup!

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup (Kotopoulo Soupa Avgolemono) by The Greek Foodie // 30 Zesty & Bright Savory Lemon Recipes // FoodNouveau.com

18. Zucchini Lemon Ricotta Crostini

by Three Olives Branch

These easy lemon ricotta crostini bring light and fresh flavors to an elegant appetizer recipe. Serve these to your guests and watch them disappear from the plate in record time!

Zucchini Lemon Ricotta Crostini by Three Olives Branch // FoodNouveau.com

19. Honey Butter Baked Lemon Pepper Wings

by Dish’n the Kitchen

These baked lemon pepper wings are crispy zesty chicken wing perfection! Simply bake them in your oven, then glaze with a melted butter honey sauce.

Honey Butter Baked Lemon Pepper Wings by Dish'n the Kitchen // 30 Zesty & Bright Savory Lemon Recipes // FoodNouveau.com


Lemon Salad and Side Dish Recipes


20. Greek Lemon Potatoes with Garlic & Oregano 

by The Greek Foodie

These delicious Greek lemon potatoes with garlic and oregano will be the star at your next dinner party. Easy to make with few ingredients, they are the perfect side to a chicken or lamb roast or anything grilled.

Greek Lemon Potatoes with Garlic & Oregano by The Greek Foodie // 30 Zesty & Bright Savory Lemon Recipes // FoodNouveau.com

21. Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus

by My Kitchen Love

Lemony roasted potatoes are a deliciously wholesome side dish. The addition of bright green asparagus makes the dish truly elegant!

Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus by My Kitchen Love // 30 Zesty & Bright Savory Lemon Recipes // FoodNouveau.com

22. Meyer Lemon Roasted Carrot Strings with Lemon Garlic Sauce

by Running to the Kitchen

These roasted carrot strings are bright, fresh, and zesty with a little bit of crunch. This bright salad is a really fun, delicious way to eat your carrots!

Meyer Lemon Roasted Carrot Strings with Lemon Garlic Sauce by Running to the Kitchen // FoodNouveau.com

23. Sauteed Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic 

by The Food Blog

Sautéed green beans are a simple, delicious side dish. When you add lemon and garlic, green beans shine so bright! These lemony green beans are equally perfect as a side for a family dinner or served as part of a fancy feast.

Sauteed Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic by The Food Blog // FoodNouveau.com

24. Lemon Broccoli with Beans and Bacon

by A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

This recipe for lemon broccoli with beans and bacon is an easy great northern dish that combines roasted broccoli, chewy-crisp bites of bacon, and a squeeze of fresh lemon. It’s humble, yet truly stunning!

Lemon Broccoli with Beans and Bacon by A Farmgirl's Dabbles // 30 Zesty & Bright Savory Lemon Recipes // FoodNouveau.com

25. Lemon Kale Salad

by Feasting Not Fasting

This is the best kale salad you’ll ever have! This quick and easy savory lemon recipe has kale. pistachios, cranberries, and parmesan all tossed in a zippy lemon vinaigrette.

Lemon Kale Salad by Feasting Not Fasting // FoodNouveau.com


Lemon Condiment and Dressing Recipes


26. Lemon Olive Oil

by Champagne Tastes

This easy lemon olive oil is a quickly infused oil made with lemon zest and fresh herbs, and it’s perfect in salad dressings or to add flavor to meats, fish, and seafood. Make a big batch and freeze it in portions to use year round!

Lemon Olive Oil by Champagne Tastes // 30 Zesty & Bright Savory Lemon Recipes // FoodNouveau.com

27. Preserved Lemons

by Craving Something Healthy

When life gives you lemons, preserve them—and enjoy them in savory dishes all year long! This unfussy savory lemon recipe will show you how to create an incredibly aromatic condiment you can use countless ways.

Preserved Lemons by Craving Something Healthy // FoodNouveau.com

28. Zesty Preserved Lemon Tahini Salad Dressing

by Dish’n the Kitchen

This bright and zesty tahini salad dressing features aromatic preserved lemons. Drizzle it over a simple green chopped salad or a grain-  or legume-based salad.

Zesty Preserved Lemon Tahini Salad Dressing by Dish'n the Kitchen // FoodNouveau.com

29. Anchovy Lemon Vinaigrette

by The Devil Wears Salad

Salty, tart, and strong in flavor, this Anchovy Lemon Vinaigrette is not for the faint-hearted! A real flavor bomb, this salad dressing packs a punch.

Anchovy Lemon Vinaigrette by The Devil Wears Salad // 30 Zesty & Bright Savory Lemon Recipes // FoodNouveau.com

30. Herby Lemon Vinaigrette

by A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

This homemade lemon vinaigrette recipe is loaded with bright flavors. Incredibly versatile, it promises to brighten any and all salads, year-round!

Herby Lemon Vinaigrette by A Farmgirl's Dabbles // 30 Zesty & Bright Savory Lemon Recipes // FoodNouveau.com


Savory Citrus Delights Cookbook

Love savory citrus recipes? Then you’ll love my Savory Citrus Delights Cookbook! Discover zesty variations on timeless classics, create colorful, nutritious lunches, and expand your weeknight dinner repertoire with aromatic, creative dishes the whole family will love. Savory Citrus Delights is a 16-recipe downloadable eBook that comes in a handy, “save it everywhere” PDF format! LEARN MORE

Citrus Savory Delights: Easy Bites, Salads, and Meals for Citrus Lovers, an eBook by award-winning author of FoodNouveau.com, Marie Asselin

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