15 Ways to Use Limes Before They Go Bad
How many times have you tossed out limes after letting them sit on your counter too long? It happens to the best of us, but next time you end up with more citrus than you need, don't let it go to waste. There are countless ways to incorporate limes into your cooking. But first make sure you know how much juice is actually in one lime. Here are 15 lime recipes to use up your fresh limes before they go bad.
Lime juice is a great addition to salad dressings. It adds tang and balances out the oil. Use your limes to make a batch of this cilantro-lime dressing, and keep it handy in your refrigerator for quick weeknight salads.
Chili-Lime Chicken Kabobs
Adding lime juice to marinades yields tender, flavorful meat. The acid in the juice breaks down the proteins in raw meat allowing the spices and oil in the marinade to infuse the meat. This is especially beneficial when cooking tougher proteins like chicken breast.
When raw fish is marinated in lime juice, an incredible transformation takes place. The acid from the limes cures the fish, essentially cooking the meat. Put your leftover limes to work by making this fresh dish.
Summer Veggie Salad
Use lime juice and zest to brighten up simple summer vegetables. This recipe uses corn, tomatoes, red onion, and black beans, but you can add in squash or any other summer vegetable of your choice.
Honey Lime Fruit Salad
Lime juice pairs just as well with sweet flavors as it does savory. Squeeze limes over fresh fruit to add a kick to fruit salad.
Coconut Lime Rice
If you have white rice and limes on hand, whip up this cilantro lime rice. It makes a great side dish for any taco night.
Spicy Lime Avocado Soup
Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle-Lime Dressing
This recipe for grilled fish tacos uses limes two ways — in a marinade and in a dressing — to pack a citrusy punch.
Garlic Asparagus with Lime
Typically, lemon is squeezed over asparagus for a subtle tangy finish, but there's nothing that says you can't reach for a lime instead.
The Real Mojito
Margaritas aren't the only cocktail where limes get to shine. Muddle them with fresh mint for a classic mojito.
Agua Fresca de Pepino (Cucumber Limeade)
Looking for a non-alcoholic drink? Use your leftover limes and a few cucumbers to make this refreshing agua fresca.
No Bake Lime Mousse Torte
This no-bake torte is a great way to incorporate limes into a dessert. Plan ahead as this torte needs to be refrigerated overnight before serving.
With just a handful of limes, a few kiwis, and some sugar, you can make these simple summer popsicles.