Simply Spectacular Slow-Cooker Lemon Recipes

Slow Cooker Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
Photo: Jennifer Causey Styling: Lindsey Lower

A squeeze of lemon juice or sprinkle of lemon zest can add immediate freshness to any meal, and bright lemon is an ideal flavor to welcome spring and summer. Even though you might think of your slow cooker as a fall and winter staple, don't underestimate its potential for fresh summer slow-cooker recipes. Citrus flavors brighten up these slow-cooker dinner recipes, and there are even a few slow-cooker dessert recipes made with lemon. From slow-cooker chicken recipes with lemon to short ribs and collard greens, lemon adds a pop of acidity to achieve a beautiful balance of flavor. It might not be your first instinct, but these recipes will convince you to get out your slow cooker the next time life gives you lemons.

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Artichoke and Crab Meat Dip

Artichoke and Crab Meat Dip
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Artichoke and Crab Meat Dip

Spinach and artichoke are classic dip companions, but crab meat will be your new favorite pairing with artichokes. This appetizer recipe is ideal for a summer cookout.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken

Slow-Cooker Roasted Chicken
Southern Living

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken

This slow-cooker chicken is stuffed with lemon, garlic, and onion, and rubbed with a spice mixture that carries a kick. Eat it on its own or use it in our Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Leeks and Mushrooms or Chicken Biscuit Sandwiches for lunches and dinners throughout the week.

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Slow-Cooker Ginger, Sweet Tea, and Whiskey Short Ribs

Slow-Cooker Ginger, Sweet Tea, and Whiskey Short Ribs
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Ginger, Sweet Tea, and Whiskey Short Ribs

This bright sauce makes a heavier main dish light enough for summer.

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Salmon Bagel Sandwiches

Salmon Bagel Sandwiches
Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Salmon Bagel Sandwiches

Serve these sandwiches up for a fun weekend brunch or pack them up for a way more flavorful brown bag lunch than tired turkey and cheese or PB&J options.

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Turkey with Shallot-Mustard Sauce and Roasted Potatoes

Turkey with Shallot-Mustard Sauce and Roasted Potatoes
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Turkey with Shallot-Mustard Sauce and Roasted Potatoes

Give weeknight chicken recipes a rest and try turkey with fingerling potatoes. Use the same turkey at lunch the next day in our Wedge Salad with Turkey and Blue Cheese-Buttermilk Dressing or mix up your casserole rotation with our Kentucky Hot Brown Casserole.

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Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder

Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder

This pork shoulder would be delicious between two lightly toasted buns with a fresh, crunchy slaw recipe.

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Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Chicken Piccata

Yep, we figured out how to make classic chicken piccata in the slow cooker. You are very welcome.

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Apple and Pear Crisp

Apple and Pear Crisp
Jennifer Davick; Food Styling: Vanessa Rocchio; Prop Styling: Missie Crawford

Recipe: Apple and Pear Crisp

The only thing missing from this easy dessert recipe is a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Lemon Bar Cake

Lemon Bar Cake
Jennifer Davick; Food Styling: Vanessa Rocchio; Prop Styling: Missie Crawford

Recipe: Lemon Bar Cake

Company coming? Let your slow cooker take care of dessert while you focus on the main dish.

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Berry Cobbler

Berry Cobbler

Recipe: Berry Cobbler

Four types of berries go into this cobbler that's begging to be served for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July.

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