12 Recipes To Try While Pomegranates Are in Season
What can't pomegranate do? Not only is the nutritious fruit considered a beauty superfood (you can even use it to make an exfoliating scrub!) but tart pomegranate can also add fruity pizzazz to your dips, salads, desserts, and more. Like blueberries, pomegranates are a great source of anthocyanins, good-for-you plant pigments that give fruits their bright red and blue hues and may help decrease blood pressure and prevent inflammation.
And while pomegranate seeds make a delicious snack on their own, if you haven't cooked with the fruit before, you're missing out. Whether you squeeze pomegranate juice into your salad dressing (it adds amazing tangy flavor) or garnish your favorite dip with juicy, crunchy pomegranate seeds, the fruit is extremely versatile and works well in many different kinds of dishes. Start experimenting with pomegranate with these tasty, nutrient-packed recipes.
Pomegranate Goat Cheese Dip
Try this recipe: Pomegranate Goat Cheese Dip
Get your tang on with this mixture of whipped goat cheese and pomegranate seeds. Honey balances the sour flavors in the dip, while fresh thyme adds a slightly earthy feel. Serve this dip in endive leaves or with whole-grain crackers or crudités for a creamy-meets-crunchy appetizer idea.
Ingredients: Fresh thyme, goat cheese, heavy cream, pomegranate seeds, lemon zest
Spelt, Toasted Oat, and Pomegranate Scones
Try this recipe: Spelt, Toasted Oat, and Pomegranate Scones
Breakfast just got a lot more fun, thanks to these fruity and wholesome pomegranate-infused scones. Make these English-inspired baked goods for your next at-home brunch, dessert, or yummy companion to a cup of tea. Rolled oats and spelt take refined carbohydrates out of this recipe's equation.
Ingredients: Whole milk, honey, unsalted butter, spelt flour, rolled oats, turbinado sugar, egg, pomegranate seeds, baking powder
Try this recipe: Pomegranate-Sage-Gin Sparkler
Take your holiday party to the next level with this tart beverage. It's a low-calorie alternative to other overly sweet alcoholic mixes but still packs a fun, fruity punch during cocktail hour.
Ingredients: Honey, sage leaves, water, elderflower liqueur, gin, ice, pomegranate juice
Pecan-Crusted Goat Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Snack on this yummy endive salad that's low in carbs and cholesterol. Thanks to cubes of polenta (cornmeal) and gooey goat cheese coated with crunchy walnuts, the meal is rich in monounsaturated fats and fiber.
Ingredients: Pecans, spinach, goat cheese, polenta, carrots, pomegranate juice
Orange, Almond, & Pomegranate Trifle
Try this recipe: Orange, Almond, & Pomegranate Trifle
Angel food cake, almond liqueur, and fresh citrus add up to a spectacular trifle that’s a gift to your taste buds (and waistline!). You can make most of this recipe the day before so the gelatin can set, then finish it off the next day for a fun, boozy dessert that's a little different from your typical holiday cookies and pies.
Ingredients: Clementines, oranges, blood oranges, pomegranate, orange juice, gelatin, angel food cake, Amaretto, Grand Marnier, low-fat custard, heavy cream, almond extract, honey, fat-free plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
Chicken Pomegranate Guac Tacos
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What can make Taco Tuesday even more delicious? A pomegranate seed topping! Juicy pomegranate seeds add tangy flavor and work well with the chicken, tortillas, and lime-infused guacamole for the perfect mix of Tex-Mex and tropical.
Ingredients: Chicken breast halves, avocados, corn tortillas, red cabbage, red onion, pomegranate seeds, lime, low-fat Queso fresco
Chopped Apple Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
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There's no better way to play up blue cheese than with the sweet-yet-tangy pomegranate molasses featured in this salad. This tasty, protein-packed meal from Chef Bobby Flay makes the perfect lunchtime treat. Shrimp, spinach, and walnuts are all high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and other vitamins and nutrients, so it'll keep you full for longer.
Ingredients: Pomegranate molasses, chopped apples, baby spinach, Dijon mustard, walnuts, Maytag blue cheese, endive, olive oil
Winter Salad with Pomegranate, Clementine, and Goat Cheese
Try this recipe: Winter Salad with Pomegranate, Clementine, and Goat Cheese
Take advantage of in-season winter greens like spinach, endive, or romaine lettuce with this fruit-filled salad recipe. Oranges, pomegranate, and honey add a sweet touch, while goat cheese adds extra tang and bite to the dish.
Ingredients: Navel oranges, honey, pomegranate seeds, winter salad greens, pistachios, goat cheese
Pomegranate-Glazed Chicken With Blackberries
Try this recipe: Pomegranate-Glazed Chicken With Blackberries
Bring some fruity flavor to your chicken with pomegranate glaze and blackberries. Sweet blackberries dress up basic grilled chicken. Plus, pomegranate juice is packed with disease-fighting antioxidants.
Ingredients: Molasses, pomegranate juice, brown sugar, ginger, boneless chicken breasts, blackberries
Pomegranate Sunrise Popsicles
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Cool off with homemade popsicles that are infused with pomegranate and orange juice. These tangy fruits will satisfy your sugar craving without overdoing it. Plus, the popsicles only take 5 minutes to make.
Ingredients: Sugar, orange juice, pomegranate juice, water
Try this recipe: Pomegranate Lemonade
Move over, strawberry lemonade, there's a new fruity concoction in town. This refreshing lemonade recipe is the perfect complement to a grilled entrée, not to mention it's super-simple to whip up on a whim or in a sweltering summer heat wave.
Ingredients: Sugar, lemon juice, pomegranate juice, water, ice