These pomegranate recipes are the best ways to enjoy this vibrant fruit! Try everything from salads to cocktails to smoothies.
There’s not much better than the vibrant crunch of ruby-red pomegranate seeds, is there? This bright fuchsia fruit has a beautiful sweet tart flavor: and it’s a great healthy fruit to eat more of. There are so many ways to use pomegranate seeds in recipes. But to be honest: we like them best by the handful!
Here are all the best pomegranate recipes to make with these tasty seeds! Add them to salads as a crunchy confetti, throw them into smoothies, make a brilliant topping for desserts, or even make fresh homemade pomegranate juice. Pomegranate syrup is even a trick to great cocktails.
Before we get to the best pomegranate recipes: let's talk about the best way to cut it! This vibrant fruit is notorious for making a huge mess. If you don’t cut and seed it correctly, you’ll end up with what looks like bloody splatter all over your kitchen! We’ve got a genius, no-mess method for how to cut open a pomegranate and seed it…the right way. It’s perfect for making salads, smoothies, pomegranate juice, and more.
Here's one of our favorite pomegranate recipes: the perfect pomegranate salad! Crunchy pomegranate seeds make a beautiful confetti over the top of leafy greens. Add tart green apple slices, toasted pecans, and goat cheese or feta crumbles, and it’s a true symphony of flavor! Pick from a few different dressing choices: our favorites are apple cider vinegar dressing or pomegranate vinaigrette.
Got pomegranate seeds? Try a pomegranate smoothie! This delicious pink drink is bursting with fruity flavor and one of our favorite ways to use pomegranate seeds (except eating them by the handful, of course!). It pairs the jewel-toned seeds with frozen pineapple and banana to make a creamy puree that’s full of nutrients and vitamins. Throw in a little Greek yogurt for protein and you’ve got a smoothie that’s filling and irresistibly good.
Want to use pomegranate seeds for a simple party appetizer recipe? Try this labneh dip! The base is thickened Greek yogurt (called labneh), and it's sprinkled with a confetti of pomegranate seeds! Thickening the yogurt overnight makes it creamier and even more tangy. Contrasted with the sweet burst of the pomegranate seeds and fruity olive oil, it’s a winner.
There’s nothing more beautiful than the bright fuchsia liquid that comes from a pomegranate. Try this easy homemade Pomegranate Juice recipe! We’ve got a method that’s quick for how to juice a pomegranate from the fresh seeds. There’s nothing better than fresh juice right from the source! It’s got loads of health benefits and plus, you can make a killer cocktail syrup with it.
There's nothing we love more than a good margarita variation...and here's a spin that's got us hooked. Try the Pomegranate Margarita! Sweet tart pomegranate juice pairs perfectly with tequila and lime, balanced with the orange perfume of Cointreau. You can use either pomegranate juice or fresh-squeezed juice from the fruit, making it perfect for whatever you have on hand.
Pomegranate molasses is a revelation! This traditional Middle Eastern ingredient isn’t really molasses at all, actually. It’s a syrup you can use to drizzle over meat, fish, vegetables, salads, or dips, and it adds a zing that’s absolutely irresistible. It’s can be hard to find pomegranate molasses at the store, so it can be easier to make it at home. It’s also a great way to use up pomegranate juice!
Another great pomegranate recipe? A Brussels sprout salad, where the sprouts are thinly sliced into feathery ribbons. Instead of tasting bitter, raw Brussels sprouts taste almost like a sweeter version of cabbage! Here they contrast perfectly with the pop of the Pomegranate seeds, and the bright crunch of the apple. Cover everything in a lightly sweet vinaigrette and one bite makes you feel positively glowing.
Looking for a fun cocktail as a pomegranate recipe? Try a Pomegranate Martini! Crisp, sweet tart, fruity, and light: it’s much closer to a Cosmo than the classic martini. But instead of cranberry juice like the Cosmopolitan, it’s made with pomegranate juice instead. Serve it up in a martini glass and you’ve got a sophisticated cocktail that’s refreshing and easy to drink! You can use purchased or homemade pomegranate juice.
Here's a great DIY pomegranate recipe: homemade grenadine! This bright red syrup stars in many grenadine cocktails and mocktails, and it’s very easy to make at home. Why make your own? Store-bought grenadine is usually made with high fructose corn syrup and additives. This version is all natural, skipping all those preservatives and unnatural sugars. And takes just 15 minutes to make!
Here's one more pomegranate salad recipe: delicata squash salad! This is no ordinary green side salad. This is something special, a hearty and healthy salad perfect for entertaining. Delicata squash is brilliantly sweet and has edible skin (no peeling necessary!). Top the greens and squash with refreshing pomegranate seeds, crunchy pistachios, and tangy honey mustard dressing, and it's absolutely stunning.
When it comes to tasty cocktails…well, this one might take the cake. Try this Pomegranate Mimosa, aka Pomegranate Prosecco Cocktail! The combination of sweet tart pomegranate, orange perfume and airy bubbles is one of the most satisfying in our list of 200+ cocktail recipes.
Last in our pomegranate recipes: they're perfect for sprinkling over dessert! Try this rustic apple tart! It's got a free form pastry crust, filled with sliced apples and pomegranate seeds garnish. The cinnamon and ginger spiced apples and bright pom seeds are sweet and slightly tart, the perfect contrast to the flaky and salty crust.
Are pomegranates healthy? There are lots of inflated claims around pomegranate nutrition. In fact, a popular pomegranate products company was hit with an FTC complaint around false advertising. That said, pomegranates are a very healthy fruit that’s part of a healthy diet! Here’s what we do know (source: Healthline):
Antioxidants: Pomegranates have lots of antioxidants: punicalagins and punicic acid, if you must know!
Fiber: 1 cup of seeds has 7 grams fiber.
Vitamin C: 1 cup of seeds has 30% of your daily vitamin C.
Other vitamins: Pomegranates are also a good source of vitamin E, folate, potassium, and vitamin K.
Sugar: Like most fruits, pomegranate does have sugar! 1 cup seeds has 24 grams sugar.
Place the greens on a platter. Top with the pomegranate seeds, sliced shallot, toasted pecans, and goat cheese or feta cheese crumbles. Toss with the desired amount of dressing to taste. (Store the extra dressing refrigerated and warm to room temperature and whisk again before using.)
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Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.