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Have a few lemons lying around your kitchen? Just a little squeeze of one can elevate a wide variety of dishes, bringing out previously hidden flavors and revealing new layers of depth. This is especially true in spring, when the tart citrus adds a zesty freshness to light starters like chicken orzo soup and kale chips, and hearty sides like herb-roasted potatoes and feta dip. Infuse pistachio couscous with lemon and serve alongside spiced fried fish as a main and end your meal with lemon drizzle cakes. Pair it all with a glass of — you guessed it — homemade limoncello. These are just a few of the 20 lemony recipes we’ve compiled here to welcome the season. 

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