Published on January 2, 2019

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We’re officially at the height of citrus season, and with the bounty of fresh produce available in stores, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by its abundance. After all, how many different ways can one consume an orange? Spoiler alert: a lot.  

With that in mind, we’re focusing on one specific fruit within the broader citrus category and sought the sweet and savory recipes that make the best use of it. Ahead are the most indulgent uses of fresh winter oranges.  

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Photography by Michael Wiltbank

Baby Beet, Blood Orange, and Heirloom Carrot Salad

Blood oranges and heirloom carrots make for way more than just a visually pleasing pairing—the vitamin-loaded combo is just as easy on the taste buds as it is on the eyes.

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Carrot Salad

From chef Andy Bennett of Chelsea’s Rouge Tomate comes a savory blend of carrots, radishes, and a mint-arugula blend dressed with freshly squeezed orange juice and whole slices of the fruit.

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Spring Citrus Salad

We’re channeling warmer weather with this refreshing combo of fennel, Valencia oranges, radicchio, and mint featuring a French mustard-garlic vinaigrette.

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Photography by Alex Lau for Bon Appetit

Marinated Manchego

This crowd-pleaser from Bon Appetit is the appetizer every dinner party deserves. The Manchego may seem like the star of the show, but let’s be real, the rosemary-spiced orange slices really seal the deal.

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Courtesy of By Gabriella

Blood Orange Cardamom Bubbly

For those who are not partaking in dry January, take note from By Gabriella and incorporate the sweet citrus fruit into a zesty cocktail.

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Courtesy of Call Me Cupcake

Blood Orange Upside-Down Cake

While you can make this cake with virtually any fruit, we’re especially partial to Call Me Cupcake’s rendition featuring blood oranges.

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Courtesy of Two Red Bowls

Orange-Almond Sweet Rolls with Basil Glaze

Classic sweet rolls get a sweet and tangy upgrade courtesy of the zesty addition of oranges from Two Red Bowls. Pro tip: Take things to the next level by using freshly squeezed orange juice.

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Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Orange Teriyaki Beef with Pineapple Edamame Fried Rice

Switch up your standard weeknight dinners with this sweet and savory stir-fry from Half Baked Harvest. The freshly squeezed orange juice–marinated beef is really something else.

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Courtesy of What’s Gaby Cooking

Citrus Sheet Cake

Topped with Swiss meringue buttercream and loaded with a fresh mix of oranges and tangerines, What’s Gaby Cooking’s take on sheet cake is one we can definitely get behind.

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Photography by Scott Phillips for Fine Cooking

Orange, Pear, and Date Salad with Orange-Rosemary Vinaigrette

Layers of oranges and pears combine with a spiced mix of onions, Medjool dates, and pine nuts in this indulgent yet refreshing salad from Fine Cooking.

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Courtesy of Christelle is Flabbergasting

Orange Marmalade and Coriander

We can’t think of a better way to start the day than with a freshly made Cara Cara orange marmalade on buttered toast. Christelle is Flabbergasting definitely has the right idea.

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Citrus Bath

Okay, sure, this one isn’t technically edible, but it’s refreshing all the same. Draw a bath with an array of winter citrus for a delightfully fresh soak.