Explore sweet and savory lemon recipes that use simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions.

From zesty savory meals to creamy sweet treats, these dishes showcase the diversity of lemons in breakfasts, dinners, and desserts.

Easy Lemon recipes

These recipes balance the tang of lemons with a healthconscious twist, promising a harmonious blend of refreshment and nutrition.

Whether you’re seeking a savory meal or a sweet treat, these lemon-infused recipes will brighten up your dining experience while keeping your wellbeing in mind.

1. Lemon pasta

Creamy Lemon Pasta Recipe

We start this list of lemon recipes with creamy lemon pasta with fresh lemon zest and juice.

The lemon’s tangy acidity enhances the overall taste and adds a delightful balance that is perfect with al dente spaghetti and fresh parsley.

2. Lemon tofu

Lemon tofu with parsley

The zesty tanginess of lemon also elevates many sauces with a refreshing flavor. The citrus creates a harmonious balance between richness and acidity in this lemon tofu.

Pan-fried lemon tofu is a 20minute weeknight dinner idea that can replace chicken as a meatless meal.

3. Vegan lemon bars

vegan lemon bars

How can you use lemon in desserts? In multiple tasty manners, for example, with these vegan lemon bars.

These bars encapsulate the essence of a refreshing citrus indulgence while catering to a vegan lifestyle, making them a luscious and elegant treat for all.

4. Easy lemon muffins

Lemon muffins with cream cheese topping

These lemon muffins are cute, delicious, and ready in 30 minutes.

Serve them for breakfast or brunch as a snack, and add a streusel topping or a cream cheese topping. Since we don’t put eggs in the batter, the recipe is easy to make vegan and can also be made dairyfree.

5. Lemon tart

Lemon tart with slice

Make a crowd-pleasing tart with this easy vegan lemon tart recipe with creamy lemon curd.

You can expect a decisive lemon flavor and aroma, a flakey crust, and a velvety smooth filling.

6. Vegan lemon cake

Vegan lemon cake with frosting

This light pillow-soft lemon cake is served with rich, tangy vegan cream cheese and lemon frosting.

It’s excellent all-year round as an easy and tasty dessert for weekendsbirthdays, and special occasions.

7. Vanilla lemon custard

custard variation with vanilla

We pair lemon zest with rich vanilla and plant milk for a velvety, creamy vegan custard.

The zesty citrus notes elevate the creamy sweetness of vanilla, adding a refreshing twist to every spoonful. It’s excellent in pastries and cakes (apple cake) and delicious.

8. Creamy lemon pasta

spinach and ricotta pasta with fork

Here is another weeknight meal to add to your lemon cooking repertoire.

The creaminess of ricotta, the zestiness of lemon, and the chewiness of good pasta cooked al dente will brighten your dinner and make everyone happy.

9. Lemon donuts

Lemon donuts with sprinkles

You need a combination of lemon zest and lemon extract for these quick and easy cake donuts.

You can use both in the batter and for the topping – get ready for a 30minute breakfast and sweet treat.

10. Lemon curd

Lemon curd ready to eat

Vegan lemon curd is a creamytangy, and easy-to-make recipe with five simple ingredients, ready in 5 minutes.

Use it with lemon bars, lemon tart, and pastries for a delicious and refreshing finish.

11. Lemon pound cake

Lemon pound cake bite

You’ll need fresh lemons to infuse the batter with a fragrant and zesty aroma. We use grated zest and fresh lemon juice for this vegan pound cake for maximum lemon flavor.

You won’t believe how tasty and easy it is; this pound cake is our family’s favorite recipe in texture and flavor.

12. Lemon blueberry cake

blueberry cake with fresh blueberries

The lemon blueberry cake should taste like lemon and blueberries, so we use lemon zest and fresh lemon juice.

The pairing of juicy blueberries and zesty lemon creates a harmonious flavor mix in every bite of the cake.

13. Air fryer asparagus

air fryer asparagus served on a plate with lemon

Airfried asparagus is quickly elevated by a drizzle of zesty lemon vinaigrette that underlines its bright, tangy flavors.

You can enjoy these crispy greens as a starter or vegetable side dish during spring and early summer when asparagus is in season.

14. Lemon blueberry pound cake

lemon blueberry pound cake slices

This blueberry and lemon pound cake is softmoist, and packed with lemon flavor and many blueberries.

Top it with our finger-licking good lemon glaze to make it a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

15. Watermelon salad

watermelon feta salad on a serving platter

Finely chopped lemon peel, only the yellow part, adds a beautiful citrusy flavor that is irresistible in this watermelon salad recipe.

Watermelon salad is sweettangyjuicycrispvibrant, and refreshing. It’s the perfect salad for hot summer days.

16. Zucchini pasta

Zucchini Past with fork and pine nuts

Make this 20minute lemon-infused pasta with grated zucchini and your favorite pasta.

Then add fresh herbslemon zestparmesan cheese, and a dollop of creamy Greek or non-dairy yogurt for an easy meatless meal.

17. Vegan butter chicken

Vegan Butter Chicken with lemon and bread

If you want to try an Indianinspired dish with zesty lemon yogurt sauce, this tofu butterchicken” is a great choice.

The tofu is marinated in yogurtspices, and lemon juice, which makes it a tender and tasty vegetarian protein source.

18. Sauteed zucchini

Lemon is a perfect flavor partner with zucchini.

When the zucchini is sautèed to your liking, add some finely chopped parsley and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. You can serve this pan-fried veggie favorite on pasta, tofu, and focaccia.

19. Avocado salad

avocado salad in a bowl

Lemons are perfect with avocados due to their tanginess; they enhance avocados’ rich, buttery nature.

This dynamic duo pairs with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and bell pepper in a creamy avocado salad. The lemon juice also helps your avocado salad stay fresh and tasty for longer.

20. Tahini sauce

tahini sauce as a dip for roasted potatoes

Tahini sauce is a favorite drizzle-on-everything sauce. It has a mild nutty, lemony flavor and adds an irresistible tang and creaminess to any dish.

For an authentic Mediterranean meal, serve it with whole roasted cauliflower, falafel, or hummus.

21. Braised artichokes

Braised artichokes on a white plate

Lemon juice is a flavor enhancer for many veggies, whether roasted, sautèed, steamed, or air fried.

Combined with braised artichokes, the lemon makes the artichokes buttery tender and incredibly tasty. Their flavor is complemented by fresh parsleymintgarlic, and lemon, a delicious Italian side dish idea.

22. Couscous salad

Couscous salad with greek yogurt

Fresh lemon juice is a tasty addition to grains, salads, and dressings.

Try it in this 10-minute couscous dish, where we make an aromatic lemon and cumin dressing to make a wonderful Mediterraneaninspired couscous salad.

23. Pasta al Limone

rigatoni al limone with walnuts

Pasta al limone is a creamy lemon pasta recipe popular in Italy, and this recipe is from Nico’s family cookbook.

His grandma used to make this dish with delicious ripe lemons from the Amalfi coast or Sorrento in the Campania region in Italy, mixing the fragrant lemon zest with fresh ricotta from the local farm.

24. Creamy kale pasta

Creamy Kale Pasta with fork and lemon

Grated lemon zest, ideally from an organic lemon, adds a pleasant zesty flavor to this kale pasta recipe.

Al dente rigatoni pasta and leafy greens pair well with our velvety, creamy lemon ricotta sauce.

25. Cauliflower pasta

roasted cauliflower pasta

We end this list of lemon recipes with an easy lemoninfused pasta: roasted cauliflower pasta.

Our tip: add some parmesan or dairy-free cheese for extra umami and creaminess, parsley, lemon zest, and toasted pine nuts. It’s a restaurantworthy pasta with healthy vegetables and elegant flavors.

How to store these lemon recipes

  • Make ahead: these are not optimal recipes to make ahead. They are best right after they are cooked.
  • Refrigerator: store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours. For cakes: store at room temperature, best if covered in a cake dome or wrapped in foil or plastic for up to 4 – 5 days.
  • Reheat: warm it in a pan with olive oil, adding water if necessary. The microwave also works.
  • Freezer: savory dishes on this list are not suitable for freezing.
    For cakes: freeze them for up to 3 months. To do so, let them cool down completely, slice them, and wrap each in plastic for easy portioning and quick thawing.
Lemon tart with slice

For many more dinner ideas, check out our mains category page.

Healthy Lemon recipes

25 Easy Lemon Recipes

By: Nico Pallotta
5 from 2 votes
These refreshing lemon recipes are light, wholesome, and tasty and made with simple ingredients.
Tangy and fresh lemon juice paired with zesty garlic and savory parmesan cheese meld with al dente pasta into a creamy and satisfying dish.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Course: Main
Cuisine: American Italian


  • 12 ounces linguine or another long pasta
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or grated
  • 1 spicy red chili or red pepper flakes
  • 1 large lemon the grated zest and the juice
  • 1 cup reserved pasta cooking water
  • 1 handful parsley
  • ½ cup parmesan grated
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Optional Add-Ins

  • 1 can (15-oz) cannellini beans
  • 2 handfuls spinach


  • Boil 12 ounces linguine in a large pot of salted water for two minutes less than instructed on the package.
    Spaghetti cooking in a pot
  • To a large skillet, add 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 2 cloves garlic (minced), 1 spicy red chili (chopped), ½ teaspoon salt, and the zest of 1 large lemon.
    Fry for a minute; don't burn the garlic. Turn heat off and add the juice of the lemon.
    lemon juice and hand with a skillet
  • Reserve 2 cups of pasta water, drain pasta, add it to sauce, and add 1 cup reserved pasta cooking water.
    Finish cooking the pasta until al dente – about a minute.
    pasta water and spaghetti
  • Turn the heat off, add 1 handful parsley, and ½ cup parmesan, and toss until the cheese melts.
    creamy lemon pasta and hands
  • Serve immediately with a sprinkle of lemon zest.
    Lemon Pasta Recipe in a bowl with a fork

Nico's serving tip

  • Add 1 can (15-oz) cannellini beans (drained and rinsed) and 2 handfuls spinach to the pan with the lemon sauce. Sauté for a couple of minutes or until the spinach wilt.
    Add the pasta, reserved pasta water, parmesan, toss until creamy and al dente, then serve immediately.
    lemon pasta with beans and spinach


Lemon Pasta (with Spinach and Beans)


Nutrition information is an estimate for 1 portion of lemon pasta out of 4 servings.
Make ahead: this is not a good recipe to make ahead. It’s best right after it’s cooked.
Refrigerator: store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
Reheat: warm it in a pan with olive oil, adding water if necessary. The microwave also works.
Freezer: not suitable for freezing.


Calories: 468kcal, Carbohydrates: 67g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Potassium: 251mg, Dietary Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 190IU, Vitamin B6: 0.2mg, Vitamin C: 16mg, Vitamin E: 2mg, Vitamin K: 23µg, Calcium: 177mg, Folate: 21µg, Iron: 2mg, Manganese: 1mg, Magnesium: 54mg, Zinc: 2mg
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