Seasonal Recipe: Clementines

Seasonal Recipe:  Clementines

Written by Kelli Baker | Reviewed by Adiana Castro MS, RDN, CDN, CLT

During the month of March Clementines can give us a refreshing break from some of the more heavier dishes we were enjoying during the winter months.  A citrus fruit somewhere between an orange and a tangerine, Clementines are juicy, sweet, and less acidic than an orange.  They are typically easy to peel and divide into 7-14 segments.  Clementines are high in vitamin C and folate and are not only are they great to throw in your bag for a quick snack but can also be incorporated into some lovely dishes such as the ones below. 

Roasted Chicken With Clementines

Prep Time:  10 Min

Cook Time:  55 Mins.

Total Time:  1 hour

Serves 6-8


6 ½ tablespoons Arak (or Ouzo or Pernod)

¼ cup olive oil

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed clementine juice

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 tablespoons grainy mustard

3 tablespoons light brown sugar or honey

2 teaspoons kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

8 bone-in chicken pieces (a mix of thighs and drumsticks is nice)

4 clementines, unpeeled, sliced thin

A few sprigs of thyme

2-3 medium onions cut lengthwise then into quarters

2 ½ teaspoons fennel seeds, lightly crushed


1.     In a large mixing bowl, whisk together arak, oil, clementine and lemon juices, mustard, brown sugar and salt.  Season with pepper to taste.

2.     Marinate chicken with mixture, clementine slices, thyme sprigs, onion pieces, and crushed fennel seeds in a large mixing bowl or zip lock back.  Turn several times to coat.  Marinate chicken for several hours or overnight.

3.     Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.  After 30 minutes, check on the chicken.  If the skin is browning too quickly, turn the oven down to 400 degrees F and continue roasting until the skin is brown and crisp, 20-25 minutes longer.

4.     Transfer chicken and Clementines and onion pieces with juices to a serving platter.  Let rest 5-10 minutes before serving.

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Effortless Clementine, Carrot and Mint Salad

Serves 6


12 clementines, peeled

2 large carrots, peeled

1 teaspoon red onion, finely chopped

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt

1 handful fresh mint leaves, torn


1.     Once the clementines are peeled slice them horizontally, like the equator.  You should be able to get about 5-6 slices from each clementine.  Arrange them on a large platter, overlapping slightly.

2.     Using a vegetable peeler, shave the carrots directly on top of the clementine slices.  They will create loose curly cues on top.

3.     Sprinkle chopped red onion over the salad.

4.     Pick fresh mint leaves off their stems.  When you have a good handful, give them a rough tear, arrange on top of the salad anywhere that needs color.

5.     Drizzle with a healthy dose of olive oil, and coarse salt. 

Recipe by:  Food


Clementine Granita

Prep:  30 mins.

Total Time: 3 Hours 40 mins.

Servings: 4

Yield:  Makes 12


12 clementines, plus 12 more for juicing

½ cup sugar

1 slice (½ inch) peeled fresh ginger

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


1.     Slice the top ½ inch off each clementine; reserve.  Cut around flesh and scoop out into a sieve set over a bowl; reserve skins and be careful not to tear them.  Press flesh to extract juice.  Squeeze in juice from tops. (You’ll have about 1 cup.)  Juice more clementines to yield 2 cups.

2.     Moisten clementine skins with some juice or water.  Roll skins in ¼ cup sugar to coat.  Freeze until solid, about 2 hours.

3.     Bring remaining ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup water, and ginger to a boil in a saucepan, stirring, until sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat.  Let stand for 30 minutes; discard ginger.  Stir in 2 cups juice and the lemon juice; transfer to a nonreactive 8-inch square-baking dish.  Freeze until solid, about 3 hours.

4.     Scrape granite with a fork to fluff.  Spoon granita into clementine “cups.”  Freeze for 10 minutes before serving.

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Compass Nutrition