GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn---Spring may be months away, but there is an easy way to get the scent of it from fresh lemons. Best selling cookbook author and chef Beth Dooley joined us with some easy and tasty ways to brighten your cooking.

Meyer Lemon Salsa

Makes about 1-1/2 cups

Try this tangy salsa on chicken, lamb, and fish. Use it as a garnish for creamy soups and vegetable pizzas. It’s great stirred into rice for a bright side dish, and terrific with smoked fish.

2 Meyer lemons

1 clove minced

½ cup chopped parsley

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Using a sharp knife, cut the lemons into thin slices, then stack and chop with the garlic and parsley. Turn into a bowl and stir in the olive oil with salt and pepper to taste.

Creamy Meyer Lemon Dressing

Makes about 1-1/3 cups

Try this on leafy greens or drizzled over chicken and fish. It’s delicious drizzled over steamed broccoli or cauliflower.

2 tablespoons diced shallot

¼ cup Meyer lemon juice

pinch coarse salt

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/3 cup whole milk, Greek style yogurt

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Put the shallot, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt into a small bowl and allow to stand for about 5 minutes. Whisk in the oil then the yogurt. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.