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It’s Officially Citrus Season — Try These 11 Sweet & Savory Recipes

We’re officially at the height of citrus season, and with the bounty of fresh produce available in stores, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by its abundance. After all, how many different ways can one consume an orange? Spoiler alert: a lot.

With that in mind, we’re focusing on one specific fruit within the broader citrus category and sought the sweet and savory recipes that make the best use of it. Ahead are the most indulgent uses of fresh winter oranges.

Baby beet, blood orange & heirloom carrot salad

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Image: Michael Wiltbank. Michael Wiltbank.

Blood oranges and heirloom carrots make for way more than just a visually pleasing pairing — the vitamin-loaded combo is just as easy on the taste buds as it is on the eyes.

Carrot salad

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From chef Andy Bennett of Chelsea’s Rouge Tomate comes a savory blend of carrots, radishes and a mint-arugula blend dressed with freshly squeezed orange juice and whole slices of the fruit.

Spring citrus salad

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Image: Laure Joliet. Laure Joliet.

We’re channeling warmer weather with this refreshing combo of fennel, Valencia oranges, radicchio and mint featuring a French mustard-garlic vinaigrette.

Marinated Manchego

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Image: Alex Lau for Bon Appétit. Alex Lau for Bon Appetit.

This crowd-pleaser from Bon Appétit is the appetizer every dinner party deserves. The Manchego may seem like the star of the show, but let’s be real. The rosemary-spiced orange slices really seal the deal.

Blood orange-cardamom bubbly

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For those who are not partaking in dry January, take note from By Gabriella and incorporate the sweet citrus fruit into a zesty cocktail.

Blood orange upside-down cake

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While you can make this cake with virtually any fruit, we’re especially partial to Call Me Cupcake’s rendition featuring blood oranges.

Orange-almond sweet rolls with basil glaze

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Classic sweet rolls get a sweet and tangy upgrade courtesy of the zesty addition of oranges from Two Red Bowls. Pro tip: Take things to the next level by using freshly squeezed orange juice.

Orange-teriyaki beef with pineapple-edamame fried rice

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Switch up your standard weeknight dinners with this sweet and savory stir-fry from Half Baked Harvest. The freshly squeezed orange juice-marinated beef is really something else.

Citrus sheet cake

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Topped with Swiss meringue buttercream and loaded with a fresh mix of oranges and tangerines, What’s Gaby Cooking’s take on sheet cake is one we can definitely get behind.

Orange, pear & date salad with orange-rosemary vinaigrette

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Image: Scott Phillips for Fine Cooking. Scott Phillips for Fine Cooking.

Layers of oranges and pears combine with a spiced mix of onions, Medjool dates and pine nuts in this indulgent yet refreshing salad from Fine Cooking.

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Image: Christelle is Flabbergasting. Christelle is Flabbergasting.

We can’t think of a better way to start the day than with a freshly made cara cara orange marmalade on buttered toast. Christelle is Flabbergasting definitely has the right idea.

Citrus bath

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Image: Meghan McNeer. Meghan McNeer.

OK, sure, this one isn’t technically edible, but it’s refreshing all the same. Draw a bath with an array of winter citrus for a delightfully fresh soak.

Originally published on Domino.

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