Make your meal extra fun and citrusy with these satsuma recipes! Nothing brightens up a dish more than this zesty fruit.
But first, what is a satsuma?
Just like tangerines and clementines, satsumas are a variety of mandarin oranges mostly found in Asia.
Here in the U.S., they’re grown in California and southeastern states.
Satsumas are sweet, juicy, and citrusy. They have loose skin, making them easy to peel.
They’re seedless, too, so you can snack on one segment after another without interference.
But besides eating them on their own, satsumas also make a fantastic ingredient to a wide array of dishes.
From salads and scones to smoothies and margaritas, here are 11 satsuma recipes you’ll definitely want to try.
1. Satsuma, Ginger, and Oat Scones
Start your day with these scones and a hot cup of coffee!
The scones are soft, crumbly, and buttery. The bright and citrusy flavor from the satsuma zest really pops out.
The sweetness and warmth from the candied ginger add a wonderfully distinctive flavor, as well.
But the magic doesn’t end there. Finishing them off is a sweet mixture of powdered sugar and satsuma juice.
The glaze brings all the flavors together, giving you a sweet, citrusy, and flavorful treat.
2. Satsuma Jelly
When life gives you oranges, make jelly. This satsuma jelly is the perfect accompaniment to breads, biscuits, and scones.
You can also use it as a sauce, glaze, or a dip. Or, you can do as I do and eat it with a spoon.
This jelly is wonderfully sweet and citrusy. Look how pretty it is, too! That vibrant orange hue can make the coldest winter feel warm and bright.
This recipe makes a lot – at least six jars – making it an ideal holiday present.
3. Kiwi Satsuma Green Smoothie
Smoothies are another great breakfast option, especially when your schedule is just too tight.
You may be too busy for a sit-down breakfast, but there’s always time for sipping a smoothie.
Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you should forgo nutrition! This healthy smoothie is a blend of kiwi, spinach, and satsumas.
Greek yogurt adds creaminess, while a banana gives it sweetness.
The smoothie may be all green, but don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like grass at all.
The satsumas, kiwi, yogurt, and bananas do a great job of masking the leafy flavor of the spinach.
4. Trevisano Radicchio Salad With Satsumas, Pistachios, and Calabrian Chile Vinaigrette
It sounds complicated, I know, but this next dish is actually just a very simple salad. But it’s definitely extra special.
The mix of bitter radicchio, sweet and tangy satsumas, salty ricotta, crunchy pistachios, and a simple (albeit complex-sounding) vinaigrette is what I call a perfect combination.
The flavors and textures of each component work so well together that they create such a phenomenal dish.
I’m not even into salads, but this one has managed to win me over.
5. Satsuma, Dried Cranberry and Blue Cheese Salad
Here’s another salad that’s also one for the books.
To me, what makes a salad exciting is the variety of textures and flavors that each component brings to the table.
With this salad, you’ll get crunchiness from the greens and almonds, chewiness from the dried cranberries, and sweetness and juiciness from the oranges.
It also has saltiness and creaminess from the blue cheese – the list goes on and on.
Trust me, you’ll discover something new in every forkful.
6. Carrot-Ginger Citrus Immune Boosting Smoothie
Boost your immune system with this sweet and satisfying carrot ginger citrus smoothie! You’ll love how it’s cold, yet warming at the same time.
The arrival of winter also means that the flu season is upon us. What better way is there to arm yourself from viruses than with a delicious treat?
This carrot ginger citrus smoothie isn’t only delicious and filling, but super nutritious, to boot.
Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, this smoothie is a great ally against infections.
7. Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Satsuma
Add a burst of color and flavor to your regular salad with satsumas and pomegranate.
The combination of these tart fruits will add that extra oomph to the otherwise ordinary dish.
The festive colors alone tell you how ridiculously full of flavor it is.
True enough, every bite gives you a wonderful explosion of tastes and textures.
Loaded with Brussels sprouts, pecans, pomegranate, satsumas, and a creamy Greek yogurt dressing, this kale salad can’t be faulted for being boring.
8. Mixed Greens, Fresh Mint and Satsuma Salad with Gorgonzola
This salad is happiness in a bowl.
It’s complete with fresh greens, mint leaves, satsumas, red onion rings, roasted pecans, gorgonzola crumbles, and a honey mustard vinaigrette.
This salad has all the wonderful flavors and textures your taste buds can ever dream of.
Each forkful gives you a medley of flavors – sweet, salty, nutty, earthy, and more.
You’ll get a combination of soft, creamy, and crunchy textures, as well.
9. Roasted Fennel Satsuma Salad
Look how festive this salad is! It’s the perfect way to add brightness to a cold, wintery day.
Thanks to satsumas, this salad is as vibrant as can be.
The oranges give it a wonderful sweet and tangy flavor, which is complemented by roasted, caramelized fennel and crunchy pomegranate seeds.
Tying all the flavors together is a simple vinaigrette made of satsuma juice, sherry vinegar, and olive oil. It’s a simple recipe, but the result is a masterpiece.
10. Citrus Margarita
Give the classic margarita a satsuma twist!
This satsuma margarita is sweeter than usual, but not overwhelmingly so.
The fruit adds a lovely sweetness to the boozy drink, minimizing the bitterness of the tequila and giving you a wonderfully balanced flavor.
It’s a perfect drink for capping off the night or kicking off your weekend shenanigans!
11. Chocolate Dipped Dried Satsuma Slices
Finally, for dessert, I give you this delicious combination of citrus and chocolate.
Dried satsuma slices are wonderfully sweet and chewy. They’re delicious on their own, but they’re even better when covered in chocolate.
These elevated orange slices are decadent, fruity, and absolutely delightful.
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