Zero Waste Recipes: What to Do with Citrus Peels? Orange and Lemon Peel Salt

Jan 20, 2022Pulp Pantry
Zero Waste Recipes: What to Do with Citrus Peels? Orange and Lemon Peel Salt

Recipe by Aleigh Michelle

My compost rules are this: no citrus. It takes forever for those rinds to break down, and plus, some of those compost microbes really don't enjoy the citrus. Why can't citrus be composted? Citrus fruits (and randomly, onions) are not friendly for compost because of their acidity.

Why does acidity matter?

The acidity and natural chemicals in citrus peels are harmful to your compost bin's friendly microorganism and worm digesters, and can effectively slow down the rate of decomposition in the compost.

How to use your citrus peels?

Enter: citrus salt!

With our recipe editor's help, we've devised a fancy gourmet way to use those citrus peels and reduce waste.

You can create this recipe before you've eaten your oranges, juiced your lemons, or whatever else you're doing with that juicy citrus. Or you can save those peels to make this recipe later.

Check out the recipe below to create your own citrus salt for cocktails, seasoning and more:

Citrus Salt

Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 20 Min
Fresh and Salty Citrus garnish


  • 1/4 cup Maldon Sea Salt
  • Grated skin of 1 navel orange
  • Grated skin of 1 lemon


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine the grated citrus peel and maldon salt into a bowl.
  2. At this point you can use the fresh citrus salt to line a glass for a nice mocktail or cocktail. Alternatively, place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes until the grated peel is dehydrated.
  3. Store in an airtight container and use as a topping for salads, avocado toast, soups, and more!

 Watch our (easy peasy, lemon squeezy anyone?) 30-second Recipe Tutorial Here:


Add additional herbs to come up with your own flavor profiles. Most importantly, have fun! Fight food waste! 

Citrus Salt Pairing Suggestion:

Try it with an easy Avocado Mash + Sea Salt or Jalapeño Lime Pulp Chips. Yum. 

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