21 delicious pomegranate recipes that display this vibrant fruit in all its glory.
Originating in the Middle East, the pomegranate has been cultivated since ancient times. Today this glorious red fruit finds its way into cuisines around the world, from Afghanistan to the United States. It’s found in cocktails, soups and more which is good news for our health. Full of vitamin B, folic acid and potassium, the pomegranate is a versatile superfood.
Having trouble seeding your pomegranates? The trick is to do it a bowl of water. Now, onto a collection of recipes so you can eat as much pomegranate as possible.
21 Glorious Pomegranate Recipes
1. Āsh ‘eh Anar – Pomegranate Soup
Let’s kick this list of pomegranate recipes off with something exotic, shall we? A popular Persian soup made with pomegranate syrup, yellow split peas, mint and spices, this dish can be made vegetarian or with homemade meatballs.
The bright green of a ripe avocado pairs perfectly with the deep red of the pomegranate seeds in this fresh appetizer.
3. Pomegranate Glazed Green Beans & Portobellos
If you’re in need of a creative side dish for the upcoming holiday season, this could be it. Forget the standard green bean casserole and fix this pomegranate-glazed marvel instead.
Pomegranate-flavored molasses can be used for a variety of things (hello pancakes!), and it’s easy to make yourself.
Light and fresh, this is one of the easiest pomegranate recipes you’ll find. Use it to make a tasty breakfast that you can top off with some raw seeds or granola.
6. Sparkling Pomegranate and Prosecco Cocktail
Need a good festive drink for the holiday season? Make your own pomegranate syrup with pomegranate juice and sugar and add it to a flute of Prosecco or other sparkling wine.
7. No-Bake Chocolate Pomegranate Tart
A thick and creamy chocolate tart topped with pomegranate seeds, what’s not to love?
8. Beet, Orange and Pomegranate Salad
Doused in a chipotle dressing, this is one of my favorite pomegranate recipes, packed with antioxidants and good flavors.
9. Toast with Peanut Butter and Pomegranate Seeds
Forget jelly, why not pair your favorite nut butter with actual fruit? This is a simple and healthy snack that can be created in minutes.
10. Pomegranate and Ginger Spritzer
No list of pomegranate recipes would be complete without a beverage. This is a refreshing drink that can be spruced up with local liquor, or enjoyed as a non-alcoholic alternative.
11. Cauliflower-Feta Fritters with Pomegranate
These savory fritters are the perfect vegetarian comfort food, spiced with a little bit of lemon zest and pepper flakes.
This relish goes well as a side to fish, on top of quinoa,or served as an appetizer with crackers.
13. Creamy Barley with Coconut and Pomegranate Seeds
Made with coconut milk, this vegan dish is a warm breakfast for a cold autumn morning.
14. Chopped Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Avocado
Kale and pomegranate are an excellent base for a simple, healthy salad. With the addition of avocado, you’ll want two portions.
15. Pomegranate Orange Muffins
Made with oats, these dense muffins are destined to be enjoyed with your morning coffee.
16. Moroccan Roasted Beets with Pomegranate Seeds
With a balsamic glaze, you’ll want to make a double batch of this recipe just so that you’ll have leftovers.
17. Raw Vegan Chocolate Pomegranate “Cheese” Cake
Made completely free of dairy, this is a flavorful and decadent dessert you can feel good about indulging in.
18. Grilled Eggplant with Pomegranate Seeds, Mint, and Feta
Pomegranate seeds top off a smoky grilled eggplant in this dish that works great as a side or a main.
19. Cocoa Nib & Pomegranate Overnight Oats
These overnight oats are made with almond milk and flaxseeds. Prep it overnight and have a healthy breakfast ready when you wake up.
20. Pomegranate, Basil and Queso Fresco Salsa
Tomato salsa is so yesterday. Serve this delicious blend with chips or crackers instead.
Need one more thing to do with those pomegranate seeds? Make your own chutney.
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