Recipe: Meyer Lemon Salsa

The holiday hoopla may be over, but there are still remnants all over my house. Bits of wrapping paper here, stray cookies there…and a dozen shiny yellow Meyer lemons.

I bought them to make a glaze for my gingerbread men, but, as usual, I bought too many…and I just can’t let these little lovelies wind up in the compost bin! Any other time, I would have used them to make a loaf of lemon pound cake (one of my favorite uses for Meyers) but not the week after Christmas – my sweet tooth is worn out!

The answer? A fresh, tangy salsa made with lemon supremes. The perfect way to cleanse your palate of all those holiday goodies and kick off the new year on a healthy note!

Meyer lemons are not your average lemons. They’re tiny, fragrant, and a bit sweet, like a true tart lemon with a hint of mandarin for balance…and they’re always worth picking up when you can find them.

This recipe was inspired by a flip through Bon Appetit magazine in the grocery store (I know, I know…loitering, whatever. :roll: )  I changed it up a little based on what I could remember and what I had on hand, and served it over 2 beautiful pieces of wild Alaskan salmon brushed with chili-infused olive oil and raw honey. Spicy, sweet and tart – you can bet none of it found its way into the compost!

Meyer Lemon Salsa

inspired by Bon Appetit Magazine
  • 6 Meyer lemons
  • 1 cup diced seedless cucumber
  • 1/4 cup diced poblano pepper (or hotter pepper, if you prefer)
  • 4 Tbsp chopped green onion
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 pinch salt

Cut peel and pith away from lemons; cut lemon supremes (find out how here), reserving leftover lemon membranes. Combine lemon supremes, cucumber, pepper and green onion in a bowl.

Add remaining ingredients along with all the lemon juice you can squeeze from the lemon pieces you’ve set aside (about 2 tablespoons.) Toss well. Serve over fish or chicken.


Have you ever eaten a Meyer lemon? What is your favorite use for them?

Do you like fruit in savory dishes?




  1. Skye Moyer says:

    Ive never made salsa, Ive never used lemons in cooking but that looks really really really yummy :)

  2. I’ve never had Meyer lemons, that I know of. And I’m not a big fan of cucumber…at all. But this looks sooo delicious that I may just have to try it out if I can find those lemons!

    • When I was making this, I was thinking to myself that it would work with regular lemons if you balanced it out with some oranges, too. Maybe you could try that if you can’t find the Meyers!

  3. Yum, that looks great! I have everything on hand (including the wild caught salmon) except myer lemons. I hope I can find them in the store tomorrow because now I am fixated on this recipe!!

  4. I’ve actually never heard of Meyer lemons but now I MUST try them! :)

  5. omg! Jose would just love this… I will be heading to the store to look for meyers!

  6. I’m not sure that I’ve ever had a Meyer lemon, but that recipe looks/sounds awesome!! I’m not a huge lemon fan, but this would be a great way to get them in our diet… thanks for the recipe!

  7. Bookmarked! That looks so yummy, and I’m on a big “lemon” kick lately – I can’t get over all the health benefits! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. I’ve also never heard of Meyer lemons until I’ve see recipes popping up over the blogsphere but I am going to have to try them! This recipes looks YUM!

  9. I would never have thought to put lemons in a salsa, but now I am intrigued. I want to try this!
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  10. we have a Meyer lemon tree growing in our yard, but I’ve never thought to put lemon in a salsa! This does sound intriguing.
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  11. What a great idea! I am going to try this recipe

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