Want to brighten up your meals? We’ve got 13 orange recipes that pack a punch of flavor. From tangy salads to sweet treats, these dishes are easy ways to bring some zest into your cooking. Dive in to discover how oranges can transform your next meal.

A baked orange glazed muffin topped with candied orange on a blue plate.
Orange Muffins. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.
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Citrus Honey Biscuits

Citrus honey biscuits on a wire rack.
Citrus Honey Biscuits. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Burst through the winter blues with citrus honey biscuits. They blend the sweetness of honey with the refreshing brightness of orange and Meyer lemon, making them a perfect breakfast treat. Enjoy the delightful aroma as they bake, offering a warm and inviting start to your day. Quick to prepare, these biscuits are ideal for a comforting morning meal.
Get the Recipe: Citrus Honey Biscuits

Carrot Citrus Salad

Carrot citrus salad on a metal platter with spoon.
Carrot Citrus Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This carrot citrus salad is a refreshing choice to brighten up your winter meals. Roasted rainbow carrots, oranges, and Meyer lemons are tossed in a citrus mustard vinaigrette, creating a vibrant and flavorful dish. It pairs wonderfully with poultry, making it an ideal side for a hearty dinner. This salad not only looks beautiful on the plate but also invigorates your taste buds.
Get the Recipe: Carrot Citrus Salad

Chopped Crispy Citrus Chicken Salad

Chopped crispy chicken citrus salad on a white plate with purple kitchen towel.
Chopped Crispy Citrus Chicken Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Enjoy a burst of freshness with chopped crispy citrus chicken salad. Packed with crispy rotisserie chicken, bright citrus, and toasted pine nuts on a bed of Tuscan kale, it’s tossed in an orange dijon dressing for an extra kick. This salad is perfect for a nutritious and flavorful lunch, offering a delightful way to enjoy winter produce. The combination of fresh herbs and hearty greens makes it a fulfilling meal.
Get the Recipe: Chopped Crispy Citrus Chicken Salad

Citrus Salad

A plate with citrus and lettuce topped with feta and onions.
Citrus Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Revitalize your day with this citrus salad, a perfect antidote to cold winter days. Combining grapefruits, oranges, and mandarins in a honey dijon dressing, this salad is a symphony of flavors. Paired with lettuce, feta, and onions, it’s a light yet satisfying meal. Ideal for lifting your spirits, this salad is a refreshing mix of sweet and tangy tastes.
Get the Recipe: Citrus Salad

Orange Ricotta Pancakes

Orange ricotta pancakes with maple syrup drizzle.
Orange Ricotta Pancakes. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Orange ricotta pancakes are your go-to for a refreshing breakfast twist. These pancakes are sweet and doughy, with a burst of fresh basil adding a unique flavor. They’re easy to whip up and are perfect for a leisurely weekend brunch. Enjoy the blend of orange freshness in every bite, making your mornings brighter and more flavorful.
Get the Recipe: Orange Ricotta Pancakes

Homemade Orange Julius

Homemade orange julius in a sugar orange rimmed glass.
Homemade Orange Julius. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Revive your spirits with a homemade orange Julius. This dairy-free version allows anyone to enjoy the classic sweet orange flavor without any dietary concerns. It’s a refreshing and quick treat, perfect for a midday pick-me-up or a delightful dessert alternative.
Get the Recipe: Homemade Orange Julius

Chocolate Covered Oranges

Chocolate covered orange slices on a plate.
Chocolate Covered Oranges. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Combat the winter gloom with chocolate covered oranges. This simple treat pairs the classic flavors of orange and chocolate for a delightful snack or dessert. Quick and easy to make, they’re perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth while bringing a dose of citrus brightness to your day.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Covered Oranges

Orange Muffins

A baked orange glazed muffin topped with candied orange on a blue plate.
Orange Muffins. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Brighten your breakfast routine with orange muffins. Made with fresh orange juice and zest, they’re moist, flavorful, and reminiscent of a bakery-style treat. Whether you choose to add the zesty orange glaze or enjoy them as is, these muffins are a delightful way to start your day. They’re easy to bake and perfect for a quick, flavorful breakfast.
Get the Recipe: Orange Muffins

Honey Orange Sesame Chicken

Honey orange chicken with sesame seeds and green beans in a white bowl.
Honey Orange Sesame Chicken. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Transform your dinner with honey orange sesame chicken. This dish is an easy, healthy alternative to takeout, ready in just minutes. Its sticky, sweet flavor, enhanced with a hint of orange, is sure to please your palate. It’s a fuss-free recipe, perfect for a quick yet delicious weekday meal.
Get the Recipe: Honey Orange Sesame Chicken

Orange Glazed Cardamom Cake

Orange glazed cardamom cake on a white plate with a fork.
Orange Glazed Cardamom Cake. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Indulge in an orange glazed cardamom cake to chase away the winter blues. This simple dessert bursts with winter citrus and spice, offering a moist and hearty texture. Its sticky glaze pairs perfectly with a cup of tea, making it an ideal treat for a cozy evening.
Get the Recipe: Orange Glazed Cardamom Cake

Blood Orange Beet Root Walnut Feta Salad

Photo credit: Gimme from Scratch.

Experience a colorful and flavorful escape with a blood orange beet root walnut feta salad. The earthy beets, salty feta, and crunchy walnuts create a delightful texture contrast, while the blood oranges add sweetness and tartness. Dressed in a tangy orange vinaigrette, this salad is a visual and taste sensation, perfect for a vibrant winter meal.

Get the Recipe: Blood Orange Beetroot Salad

Orange Almond Cake

Photo credit: The Gracious Pantry.

For a taste of Mediterranean freshness, try the orange almond cake. It’s gluten-free and refined sugar-free, making it a guilt-free pleasure for any occasion. Its rich flavors are perfect for winter holidays or summer gatherings, offering a versatile dessert option for your table.

Get the Recipe: Orange Almond Cake

Orange Creme Brûlée

Photo credit: Lavender and Macarons.

End your meal on a high note with orange creme brûlée. This easy-to-make dessert is creamy and melt-in-your-mouth delicious, flavored with a hint of orange. It’s the perfect treat for entertaining, sure to be a hit with family and friends.

Get the Recipe: Orange Creme Brulee

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Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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