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.
Story by Maureen Callahan
Add Bold FlavorA 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 SorbetSugar 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 VinaigretteUse 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 SandwichesCrushed 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 ShrimpMarinate 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 AsparagusSplash 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 TartHard 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 CubesSuper 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.
How-to Video: Juicing LimesSee how easy it is to get freshly-squeezed citrus juice.
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