Citrus: Sweet & Savory Sun-Kissed Recipes


What better way to beat the winter doldrums than to immerse yourself in a beautiful book devoted solely to Citrus! My dear friend Victoria Pearson has filled it’s pages with stunning images and well known food stylist and recipe developer Valerie Aikman-Smith provided mouth watering recipes you’ll want to have on repeat in your kitchen. They offered to share a few recipes with us here and give away a copy of their new book – signed by Victoria Pearson.

Personally, I really love this Meyer Lemon & Thyme Hearth Bread. It’s an easy focaccia that makes a stunning addition to a round of appetizers or along side a big green salad.


Meyer Lemon & Thyme Hearth Bread

Juicy Meyer lemons and freshly picked lemon thyme add a perfumed, zesty kick to this simple, no-nonsense focaccia. It will surely become part of your life very quickly.

1 cup warm water (about 110 ºF)

¼ cup olive oil

1 package (¼ounce / 7 grams) active dry yeast

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon fine sea salt

4 Meyer lemons, thinly sliced

1 small bunch lemon thyme

Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling

Pour the water into a measuring jug, stir in the oil, and sprinkle the yeast over the top. Let stand for about 5 minutes, until frothy.

Place the flour and salt in a food processor and pulse until mixed. Then, with the motor running, add the yeast mixture to the flour and process for about 4 minutes, until the dough comes together and forms a ball. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl and turn to coat on all sides. Cover with plastic wrap, set aside in a warm place, and let the dough rise for about 11⁄2 hours, until it doubles in size.

Oil a 9 by 13-inch sheet pan. Transfer the dough to the center of the prepared sheet pan, punching it down to deflate it. Then, using your fingers, press and stretch the dough out evenly in the pan, extending it to the edges. Using your fingertips, dimple the entire surface of the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375°F.

Uncover the dough, arrange the lemon slices on top and scatter with the lemon thyme. Sprinkle generously with the coarse sea salt.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm.

Serves 6 to 8


And one of my other favorites is this tangy Fennel, Tangerine & Olive Slaw which pairs well with grilled chicken or steak. I was lucky enough to be in the studio the day they were working on this recipe and loved the addition of the dill flower heads sprinkled on top…such a pretty detail.

Fennel, Tangerine & Olive Slaw

~Serves 4 to 6

1 fennel bulb with fronds attached

1 Granny Smith apple

4 tangerines, peeled and thinly sliced

14 cup sliced green olives


Zest and juice of 1 tangerine

2 pinches red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon whole-grain Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons sherry vinegar

14 cup extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Fennel blossoms, for garnish (optional)

Cut the fennel fronds from the fennel and set aside. Using a mandoline or a sharp knife, cut the fennel bulb into matchsticks and transfer to a large serving bowl. Cut the apple the same way and add to the fennel. Add the tangerine slices and toss in the olives.

To make the vinaigrette, combine all of the ingredients in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Screw the lid on and shake the jar vigorously until the mixture emulsifies.

Pour the vinaigrette over the slaw and toss to mix thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper and toss again. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

To serve, tear the fronds and sprinkle them and the fennel blossoms on top of the slaw.


To enter the giveaway for Citrus: Sweet & Savory Sun-Kissed Recipes please answer the following question in the comments:

What’s your favorite way to enjoy citrus?

For me…I would have to say Lemon Bars!

Winner will be announced on this post Friday, January 29th!

Winner of the book by random number is comment #18: Shelby Mikucanis!

Reprinted with permission from Citrus, by Valerie Aikman-Smith and Victoria Pearson, copyright © 2015, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Photographs copyright © 2015 by Victoria Pearson

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  • Kelley

    zest, zest and more zest! I love the addition of zest to most dishes. Adds such a bright and amazing finish.

    January 24, 2016 at 10:08 am Reply
  • Julianne

    Squeezing fresh lemon into salad dressings!!

    January 24, 2016 at 11:17 am Reply
  • Susan

    Fresh squeezed juice – preferably blood orange.

    January 24, 2016 at 11:55 am Reply
  • Carolyn M

    My favorite way to enjoy citrus has to be in cocktails or a detox drink. I love the extra zing that citrus gives! ?

    January 24, 2016 at 12:28 pm Reply
  • Kim Inglee

    Hmmm… a made from scratch lemon cake with meringue frosting. Delish!

    January 24, 2016 at 12:31 pm Reply
  • Genevieve

    We grew up with citrus trees in our yard and my favorite way to enjoy citrus is to take whatever variety is on hand, squeeze it fresh and blend with a little vanilla and some ice. My mom made a pitcher of this on weekend mornings, usually with tangerines, oranges and one lemon. An occasional strawberry guava or two would make it into the mix. As an adult, I have discovered that a fresh sprig of tiny basil or a single basil leaf adds a spicy note that I really enjoy.

    January 24, 2016 at 12:38 pm Reply
    • Taylor

      That sounds positively delightful! ?

      January 24, 2016 at 12:52 pm Reply
  • Taylor

    What a lovely book! I love lemon curd with many things but especially in yogurt. Or a fresh blood orange is hard to top by itself.

    January 24, 2016 at 12:51 pm Reply
  • Maria

    I have a lemon bread with poppie seeds recipe that’s my favorite.

    January 24, 2016 at 12:57 pm Reply
  • Tess Frame

    I made a lemon rosemary focaccia that was sooo good, it might be my favorite lemon recipe, which is funny because it’s savory! I’ve also fallen in love with diffusing citrus essential oils (grapefruit + lavender is my fave).

    January 24, 2016 at 12:59 pm Reply
  • Laura venosa

    What a beautiful book. I love Lemons and my favorite way to enjoy them is squeezed on avacados with sea salt and mashed on crusty bread.

    January 24, 2016 at 1:01 pm Reply
  • Andrea C

    I love lemon zest added to a plain cheesecake recipe. Adds just a hint of flavor. Yum!

    January 24, 2016 at 1:05 pm Reply
  • Kim Chiasson

    Citrus Salad!

    January 24, 2016 at 1:11 pm Reply
  • Erin Kate

    As a california girl I loved eating Satsumas right off our tree. Now I live in Utah, Satsumas are hard to find during their short season…but when I find them I savor every single one. It’s honestly my favorite way to enjoy citrus season. Brings back great childhood memories.

    January 24, 2016 at 1:45 pm Reply
  • Deana N Caputo

    I love lime in my vodka sodas 😉
    I also love baking lemon pound cakes and tarts…lemon is my favorite when it come to baked goods!

    January 24, 2016 at 1:53 pm Reply
  • Lynn

    I love citrus in garden salads as well as on their own!!

    January 24, 2016 at 1:54 pm Reply
  • Eleanor

    Once the cold weather comes I need citrus every day! Sitting on top of a bed of greens with some thinly sliced red onion and a good feta or ricotta salata is pretty much perfection.

    January 24, 2016 at 2:06 pm Reply
  • melissa mites

    Being able to grow up amongst the citrus fields of central FL i got very spoiled by being able to just go sit in a tree and eat them as fresh as possible. Other than that im a huge fan of my grandma’s version of ambrosia where she and now i use multiple types of citrus along with everything else.

    January 24, 2016 at 3:01 pm Reply
  • Shelby Mikuconis

    Lemon Tart! A flakey buttery crust with a delicious tart lemon filling is pure magic.?

    January 24, 2016 at 3:09 pm Reply
  • Karen Lane

    Lemon curd and scones 🙂

    January 24, 2016 at 4:09 pm Reply
  • Debbie

    Lemon cake, soaked in a lemon glaze while it\\\\\\\’s still warm. Mm!

    January 24, 2016 at 5:01 pm Reply
  • Terry Littman

    Lemon risotto or lemon curd….hard choice

    January 24, 2016 at 6:51 pm Reply
  • Garden, Home and Party

    I love lemon bars, but I enjoy grapefruit fresh with a touch of salt.
    This book looks interesting.

    January 24, 2016 at 7:38 pm Reply
  • Jan

    I love orange ice cream.

    January 24, 2016 at 8:43 pm Reply
  • Sue W.

    Nothing beats freshly squeezed orange juice! When my Grandparents had their fruit stand, it was my job to squeeze the orange and grapefruit juice. We would always mix in a bit of tangerine juice with the oj. Gave it a wonderful sweetness that no one ever figured out!

    January 25, 2016 at 1:55 am Reply
  • Laura

    Why an orange,
    Just an orange!
    (Christina Rossetti)

    January 25, 2016 at 2:46 am Reply
  • Nikki@ProjectHome

    So fun! I love anything with lemon or oranges, but my favorite is a tart and dense lemon cake with icing! Yum!

    January 25, 2016 at 10:50 am Reply
  • Jennifer

    It really doesn’t get much better than walking out in the morning and being able to pick an orange off the tree and eat right then and there. But, I would never pass up a Meyer lemon bar or lemon roasted chicken!

    January 25, 2016 at 11:12 am Reply
  • Mary Beth Bruder

    Key lime pie!!!! So easy to make and delicious every time.

    January 25, 2016 at 11:13 am Reply
  • Marni Todaro

    Lemon pasta……preferably homemade with lots of lemon juice, lemon zest, browned butter, and sprinkled with Italian parsley and extra Parmigiano-Reggiano.

    January 25, 2016 at 11:38 am Reply
  • JJ Julian

    Currently, my favorite way to enjoy citrus is in a simple glass pitcher of ice water.

    January 25, 2016 at 11:40 am Reply
  • Lisa @celebrate creativity

    Hi Heather, lovely post and book preview. Victoria’s pictures are lovely and the book looks delicious.

    I agree with the lemon bars choice but I’d also have to add how much I love to use citrus zests in various desserts. Adds just the right amount of subtle tang.

    January 25, 2016 at 11:51 am Reply
  • NancyC

    My favorite way to enjoy citrus is adding it to water–lemons and oranges, mostly. I also like using it in my baking–mostly muffins and quick breads!

    January 25, 2016 at 12:03 pm Reply
  • Wendy in Kennewick

    I love lemon/parmesan pasta with grilled shrimp in the summertime.

    January 25, 2016 at 12:08 pm Reply
  • Kathy

    I love all things lemon! I recently baked a lemon butter cake that my family devoured! I enjoy zesting lemon in blueberry muffins, too. Lemon in my iced tea is a favorite. And, clementines! They are a delicious way to get a dose of vitamin c!

    January 25, 2016 at 12:43 pm Reply
  • Anne Oswald

    For New Year’s Eve dinner I served a Grapefruit, Avocado, Crabmeat over Bib lettuce with a light Dijon mustard/champagne vinegar/honey herb dressing. Besides looking really pretty, it was super yummy!! Was a really big hit!!

    January 25, 2016 at 12:43 pm Reply
  • Mary Vitullo

    I love lemons in my Iced Tea. I love anything orange, from Lifesavers, to orange and fennel salad, to fresh squeezed, to orange muffins, to orange ice-cream bars, the smell of anything citrus puts me in a good mood!

    January 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm Reply
  • Katey

    These pictures and recipes sound divine. I am sure you have tried many of them with your orange grove. My mother in law makes a fruit salad every Christmas, it’s nothing complicated or fancy but I love it because she makes it. It has oranges, apples, grapes and bananas.

    January 25, 2016 at 1:30 pm Reply

    I love to add fresh lemon or orange zest to Chocolate Chip cookies. I also add orange zest to an Oatmeal Cookie recipe along with white chocolate chips and craisins.

    January 25, 2016 at 1:34 pm Reply
  • Linda Rubin

    I love anything citrus in my salads. I add lemon zest to my sugar cookies. Yum!!

    January 25, 2016 at 1:48 pm Reply
  • Amy Collett

    Lime juice in my glass of water, with ice!! Absolutely refreshing!!

    January 25, 2016 at 1:49 pm Reply
  • jenni

    omigosh! i just LOVE citrus. these recipes look amazing. thank you for sharing them! i love lemon sour cream pie, but don’t have that in my kitchen too often. i like lemon bars as well. i adore pasta with lemon cream sauce…I crave that some days. I have a recipe for a deliciously citrusy and moist lemon bread that is so dreamy. but i think my favorite way to enjoy citrus is with lemon ice. my sister turned me onto this. i squeeze a lemon into a tall glass, add agave syrup to taste, then fill the glass with ice and water, stir and drink with a straw. it is the most refreshing drink, slightly sweet and tangy and quenches my thirst on a hot day. if i’m sick with a cold, it is the perfect drink. my grandson was sick at my cottage this summer and i made this for him. he drank 5 of these every single day. meyer lemon makes a drink just as delicious. another favorite is ambrosia, which we have every christmas morning. it is simply sliced oranges with a generous sprinkle of coconut and a nice dusting of powdered sugar. my dad had this as a young man in the south and after he and my mom got married, we had it every christmas morning. thank you for the opportunity to win this amazing book! and i so love your work in the pages of country living and your instagram…you always inspire.

    January 25, 2016 at 2:10 pm Reply
  • Annette

    My favorite citrus recipes are meyer lemon curd, orange marmalade and lime yogurt cake.

    January 25, 2016 at 2:59 pm Reply
  • Valerie

    So many different ways…Lemons, I use the zest to make limoncello and the juice goes into the freezer or lemon bars; Oranges, freshly squeezed juice is the best but I have been know to make marmalade for my friends – if they beg enough; Grapefruit, juice and freeze – in the summer add some grapefruit juice to either 7-Up or Club Soda and you have a refreshing drink; Tangerines, if I have a lot, I will peel them and put them into snack size bags and freeze them – I can either put in my water as an “ice cube” or I just eat them frozen like a popsicle (can also be good thrown into a smoothie).

    January 25, 2016 at 3:03 pm Reply
  • Karen Beach

    I have a wonderful recipe for lemon pecan shortbread cookies. Yummy!

    Karen Beach

    January 25, 2016 at 4:34 pm Reply
  • Jill Jones

    Wow, wonderful recipe and beautiful photography! Almost ANY lemon flavored baked good is a hit in my book. Right now, I am especially enjoying Martha Stewart’s recipe for Glazed Lemon Cookies. In fact, I made a batch over the weekend and they are delicious.

    January 25, 2016 at 6:36 pm Reply
  • Robin Mc

    Beautiful photographs in this book. I love fresh squeezed orange juice mixed with grapefruit juice. Sweet and tart.

    January 25, 2016 at 7:13 pm Reply
  • Jill Burgess

    I love having lemons or tangerines piled into a bowl on the kitchen counter. And I love fresh squeezed orange juice.

    The photographs and recipes look beautiful!

    January 25, 2016 at 8:13 pm Reply
  • Kim

    Definitely fresh squeezed Florida orange juice!

    January 26, 2016 at 3:52 am Reply
  • Jody

    Favourite way to enjoy citrus–lemon merangue pie. Homemade of course with lots of tart freshly squeezed lemon juice. My mouth is watering as I write this.

    January 26, 2016 at 2:02 pm Reply
  • Jane

    I make a lot of citrus infused water for my 3 liters per day. I use glass bottles recycled by Voss, a Norwegian water and there is no risk as opposed to reusing plastic.

    Great giveaway, Heather~~


    January 26, 2016 at 6:42 pm Reply
  • Pam

    Grapefruit, “in the shell”, with a light sprinkle of salt!

    January 26, 2016 at 7:28 pm Reply
  • Evelyn

    Lemon Squeezed on my popcorn with a couple dashes of hot sauce! No calorie snack.

    January 26, 2016 at 8:10 pm Reply
  • Janet

    I like to quarter citrus and eat it right out of the peel. Yum!

    January 27, 2016 at 4:49 am Reply
  • Anne Anzil

    I would have to say lemon tart or a few lemon slices in my ice tea!

    January 27, 2016 at 6:45 pm Reply
  • Anna

    We have a beautiful citrus salad every Christmas morning. The addition of mint sugar is what makes it special!

    January 27, 2016 at 7:10 pm Reply
  • linda melz

    lemon bars or lemon pepper chicken The photos of the book are beautiful and the recipes look good too Thanks for offering the giveaway
    linda m

    January 27, 2016 at 8:01 pm Reply
  • Daphna Winn

    Lemon pie, lemon curd, plain lemon with salt…and the list goes on

    January 28, 2016 at 10:54 am Reply
  • Jennifer Wilson

    My mom makes a pie called “frosty lemon pie” that has the meringue whipped into the lemon curd and it really is the best – especially with handmade pie crust. The best!

    January 28, 2016 at 12:16 pm Reply
  • Karen (Back Road Journal)

    I’m happy to have discovered your blog and have enjoyed going through your posts. Florida is just entering its citrus season and the citrus bread sounds terrific.

    November 13, 2016 at 6:16 am Reply
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