Your New Main Squeeze: 6 Zesty Recipes to Try

by Kristen Troy

When life gives you lemons… make awesome recipes with lemon juice! We have compiled six recipes that can fit into specialized diets such as gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, paleo, and vegan. Lemons are a versatile fruit since almost the entire lemon can be used. The peel of the lemon can be used as zest or in curls for flavor and decoration. Lemons can be cut along their segments to create lemon wedges for garnish. Lastly, the juice of the lemon can be used in cooking, baking, making beverages, and in many cleaning and other household uses.

No-Bake Paleo Lemon Bars

Not only are these lemon bars no-bake but they also only take 15 minutes active preparation time before placing in the freezer for a couple of hours to firm up. Some planning is required for this recipe to make sure you have soaked cashews overnight before your 15 minutes of preparation. The planning is worth it to have a Paleo Lemon Bar that is just 164 calories!

Vegan Lemon Curd

Afternoon tea treats can be limited for people on plant-based diets. This lemon curd recipe is just 5 ingredients and one pot. The cook time is about 10 minutes and then a couple hours of refrigeration to finalize this delicious topping for baked goods.

Whole Grain Vegan Lemon Scones

Hold on to the feeling of summer with these Whole Grain Vegan Lemon Scones. Taking about 30 minutes for preparation and cook-time these tasty scones would be great at brunch, as a snack, as dessert, or whenever. Plus, they stay fresh up to 3 days in a container or can be frozen for up to a month!

No-Bake Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

Craving a dessert that won’t be too heavy or hard to make? Look no further. These Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars are fruity and full of flavor, dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan. In just 20 minutes you’ll have a pan of these bars ready to firm up in the freezer.

Fresh Lemonade

A refreshing drink fit for any time of year at just over 100 calories per serving. In just 10 minutes have 12 servings of lemonade to serve at an occasion.

Blackberry Lemonade

Indulge in an elegant blackberry lemonade with the addition of homemade blackberry syrup. This will add color and flavor to your lemonade. The recipe has instructions to make the lemonade by the glass or by the pitcher.

If you want to see more recipes using lemon juice and lemons, check out our National Lemon Juice Pinterest board.


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