10 Bright Citrus Recipes to Beat the Dead-of-Winter Blues

Winter's silver lining? Lots and lots of fresh citrus. Here are 10 winter citrus recipes that will brighten your day.

Winter does have its perks believe it or not and we're not talking fresh powder perfect for skiing. Fresh citrus has a way of making even the darkest of winter days seem that much brighter. And during months where heavy, heart dishes reign supreme, a dash of sweet and sour citrus is a welcome addition — it's like a tropical vacation for your palate. Find warmth in these 10 sweet and savory recipes.

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1. Lemon Chicken & Pepe Soup//Foxes Love Lemons: This is basically the chicken noodle soup you wish you'd grown up eating. The addition of romaine, lemon and scallions put a sophisticated twist on the classic recipe, while the addition of garbanzo beans ups the protein factor, so go hungry you most definitely will not. (Photo via Foxes Love Lemons)

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2. Beet and Blood Orange Bundt Cake//Brooklyn Homemaker: Baked goods made with beets and blood oranges count as a serving of fruit and veg, right? Either way, the earthy sweetness of this seasonally appropriate cake is too good to pass up. (Photo via Brooklyn Homemaker)

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3. Meyer Lemon Focaccia//deensiebat: Salty, sweet and a little bit tart — this crusty focaccia hits all the right notes. It's brightness is perfect for waking up your senses. (Photo via Food52)

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4. Roasted Chicken With Allspice and Lemon//The View from Great Island: Bust out of the dinner doldrums with this effortless recipe that packs a major flavor punch. Just make sure to have plenty of parchment paper on hand! (Photo via The View from Great Island)

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5. Preserved Lemons//Saveur: Add brightness, salt and depth to everything from stews, dressings, salsas and sauces with this North African kitchen staple. (Photo via Saveur)

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6. Roasted Pumpkin and Citrus Tartines With Whipped Thyme Goat's Cheese//Butter and Brioche: Happy hour at home is about to get a whole lot more interesting. This wintry take on classic bruschetta is all things delicious with herbed goat cheese and a savory citrus-pumpkin mix. (Photo via Butter and Brioche)

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7. Pavlova With Mascarpone Coconut Cream and Candied Citrus//Salted Plains: Never made pavlova? With citrus in season, now's the perfect time to start. Sweet and light, it's the perfect finish for heavy winter dishes, plus the leftover syrup can be used in cocktails or drizzled on top of yogurt, pancakes, oatmeal and more. (Photo via Salted Plains)

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8. Citrus and Sesame Carrot Fries//Joyful Bite: The ultimate good-for-you alternative to traditional fries, these roasted carrot fries make a great side or anytime-appropriate snack. (Photo via Joyful Bite)

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9. Chia Seed Raspberry and Blood Orange Jam//The Blonde Pantry: Store-bought jams are loaded with unidentifiable ingredients that make them less than appetizing. But this effortless recipe only has five — all of which you can pronounce. Whether spread on fresh bread or served warm over vanilla ice cream, it makes a delicious companion to endless dishes. (Photo via The Blonde Pantry)

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10. Citrus Salad With Shaved Fennel//Elizabeth Stark: Brighten up even the darkest of winter days with a pretty citrus salad that strikes just the right balance of texture and spice. (Photo via Food52)

Feature image via The View from Great Island

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