Secret Ad-meyer-er: 6 Ways To Use Meyer Lemons

If citrus fruits are the kings of cold weather, Meyer lemons are the popular rebel looking to usurp the throne. Substantially sweeter and less acidic than the common lemon, Meyer lemons can be used in ways that other lemons cannot. From fresh tarts to refreshing cocktails, here are a few of our favorite ways to use the historic hybrid.

Meyer Lemon Tart

Just because Meyer lemons have less of a tang doesn’t mean they can’t be used in a tart. The creamy tart filling is the perfect vessel for the subtleties of Meyer lemon, as its consistency helps bring out underlying tea-notes. As you’d expect, Meyer lemons have a much higher sugar content than traditional lemons, so be sure to add less sugar than you’d expect when preparing this dish.

Meyer Lemon Winter Salad

The inherent sweetness of Meyer lemons make them more palatable to fresh eating than other varieties, so you can incorporate fresh slices or segments into a dish without having to worry about overpowering your other ingredients. In our salads, we like to utilize cold weather greens like kale or spinach, but Italian radicchio can be a great option too, as its spicy flavor compliments the lemon well. 

Meyer Lemon Meringue Pie

Put a twist on a classic by using Meyer lemons in your next lemon meringue pie. In comparison to a traditional lemon meringue pie, expect this dish to be sweeter and have less of a tang. Waste-conscious chefs will be right at home here, as both the peel and juice can be incorporated into the filling to great effect and you can even save some segments to garnish too!

Salmon and Meyer Lemon Finger Sandwiches

Citrus and fresh fish have had a long working relationship, but this dish can take it to the next level. Instead of exclusively using the juice, we like to add thin slices of Meyer lemon onto smoked salmon finger sandwiches. This helps bump up the flavor profile and presentation, creating a simple tea-time treat.

  • Pro Tip: Try adding fresh onion or shallot to the sandwich and serving it open face to get a greater depth of flavor!

Tropical Fruit Salad With Meyer Lemons

Surprisingly, you can actually use Meyer lemons in a fruit salad. Its low acidity and lasting sweetness pair particularly well with tropical fruit standouts like pineapple, mango, and coconut. Better yet, Meyer lemon juice helps prevent your fruit from browning, so you can prepare a batch ahead of time without having to stress about it going bad!

Meyer Lemon Gimlet

Old-school but not out’ve style, gimlets have been around in some shape or form since the 1920’s. Though a standard gimlet calls for a mixture of gin, lime juice, and simple syrup, we like swapping out the lime juice for Meyers lemons in order to give the cocktail a herbaceous sweetness.

  • Pro Tip: Save some fresh lemon slices for an aesthetically pleasing garnish.