03/06/2014 07:51 am ET Updated Mar 25, 2014

18 Times A Little Lime Went A Long Way (RECIPES)

Beth Kirby/Food52

There are times when you want your citrus to shine. Like when you're making a key lime pie. Or if you're getting showy with a blood orange salad. But for other occasions, citrus -- and lime in particular -- really does its best work when used in the background, to freshen up a chicken recipe with a quick squeeze or to help brighten the flavors of a hearty winter soup. With just a little bit of lime, your otherwise mediocre meals are instantly upgraded.

Lime is a solid choice in most Mexican-style dishes, but it's also well used in Asian recipes. And then there's dessert, where a hint of lime really does its finest work. Check out the recipes below and let us convince you of why you should always keep a couple limes on hand at home.

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Key Lime Desserts
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