7 Ways With Limes

Break out of the lime-wedge rut and use this aromatic fruit to season and brighten spreads, desserts, sides, and more.

  • Add Bold Flavor
    Story by Maureen Callahan

    Add Bold Flavor

    A splash of tart lime juice, or a pinch of finely grated zest, helps brighten any recipe, transforming simple desserts, salads, and sandwiches into real standouts.
  • Tequila-Lime Sorbet
    Story by Maureen Callahan

    Tequila-Lime Sorbet

    Sugar and water cook on the stove to make simple syrup that's combined with tequila and lime rind and juice then frozen to make a sweet-tart sorbet. The tequila flavor is subtle, but enough to give the dessert a frozen margarita-like flavor.
  • Black Bean-Taco Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
    Story by Maureen Callahan, Randy Mayor

    Black Bean-Taco Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

    Use leftover chicken and this Tex-Mex main dish salad can be on the table in less time that it takes to pick up take out. Pantry staples like canned black beans, baked tortilla chips, chopped tomatoes and shredded Romaine pop when paired with a refreshingly bright lime vinaigrette.
  • Spicy Chicken Sandwiches with Cilantro-Lime Mayonnaise
    Story by Maureen Callahan

    Spicy Chicken Sandwiches

    Crushed tortilla chips coat the chicken used in this pan-fried chicken sandwich, but it's the cilantro-lime mayonnaise, made with bottled mayonnaise and fresh lime, that get your taste buds excited. Take time to marinate the chicken overnight or during the day before you cook.
  • Key Lime Grilled Shrimp
    Story by Maureen Callahan, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Virginia Houston

    Key Lime Grilled Shrimp

    Marinate shrimp for an hour in a mixture of Key lime juice, zest, honey, and a make-ahead marinade of oils and pantry spices. Once marinated, the shrimp cook in less than five minutes. Can't find Key limes? Substitute lemon or lime zest, or a combination of the two.
  • Honey-Lime Asparagus with Goat Cheese
    Story by Maureen Callahan, Photo: David Prince

    Honey-Lime Asparagus

    Splash steamed asparagus with a mixture of lime juice, honey, and salt. Toss with toasted pine nuts and goat cheese and voila, you've created a fancy side dish with minimal effort. Work the same magic on steamed green beans, carrots, and cauliflower.
  • Lime-and-Macadamia Nut Tart
    Story by Maureen Callahan

    Lime-and-Macadamia Nut Tart

    Hard to believe this attention-grabbing dessert takes less than 40 minutes to prepare. The secret: a simple filling of lime juice, eggs, and sugar that cooks on the stovetop. Shortcut the flavor of homemade crust by sprinkling crushed macadamia nuts into store-bought crust.
  • Lime Ice Cubes
    Story by Maureen Callahan, Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Lime Ice Cubes

    Super fast and oh, so cute, these simple ice cubes are made with water, sliced limes, and lime juice. Add them to colas, cocktails, iced tea, or just a glass of sparkling water to keep your drink cool without watering it down.
  • <p>Juicing Citrus</p>
    Story by Maureen Callahan, Photo: Lee Harrelson

    How-to Video: Juicing Limes

    See how easy it is to get freshly-squeezed citrus juice.

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