Pomegranate Recipes

Pomegranates add a pop of color and sweetness to many dishes

Deeply flavorful pomegranates add a pop of color and sweetness to all sorts of dishes. From crunchy salads to creamy baba ghannouj to elegant cocktails, we've rounded up our favorite pomegranate recipes.

Sweet sautéed corn and crunchy cucumber make for a delicious summer salad. A toasty sesame oil vinaigrette adds warm, while pomegranate seeds add a touch of tartness. We also use the seeds in our bright fattoush, a Middle Eastern bread salad we make with mint, parsley, and fava beans.

Baba ghannouj, a smoky, creamy Middle Eastern dip made with mashed eggplant, is one of our favorite appetizers. For an extra smooth variation we turn to an unexpected ingredient: white chocolate. The sweetness of the chocolate adds an unexpected, complex note to play against the garlic, lemon, cumin, and paprika. Pomegranate seeds are a beautiful finishing touch.

Grenadine is a classic cocktail ingredient. The bottled stuff is mostly high fructose corn syrup and food coloring, but it was originally made of pomegranate. It's easy to make your own at home using just pomegranate juice, turbinado sugar, and an orange. Use it in cocktails like our red sangria or the Arab Spring, made with a Turkish fig brandy called boukha.

Find all of these dishes, drinks, and more in our collection of pomegranate recipes.

Lentil Salad with Beets and Pomegranate
Lentil Salad with Beets and Pomegranate
Packed full of glowing winter produce—sweet roasted beets, tart pomegranate seeds—this lentil salad makes a colorful addition to the winter table. Pair it with chicken, beef, lamb, or fish, or serve it as a vegetarian main; it's hearty enough to stand on its own.Farideh Sadeghin
Cucumber and Corn Salad with Pomegranate and Poppy Seeds
Cucumber and Corn Salad with Pomegranate and Poppy Seeds
Pomegranate seeds add a pop of tart juice to each bite of this buttery sautéed corn salad with crunchy cucumbers and a toasty sesame oil vinaigrette.Farideh Sadeghin
Fried Eggplant with Tahini and Pomegranate Seeds
Fried Eggplant with Tahini and Pomegranate Seeds
This eggplant dish from Michael Solomonov's Zahav restaurant in Philadelphia highlights classic Middle Eastern ingredients: carob molasses, tahini, and pomegranate. Get the recipe for Fried Eggplant with Tahini and Pomegranate Seeds »Matt Taylor-Gross
Red Sangria
Memorial Day Red Sangria
For his riff on the classic Spanish wine-based drink, Jon Santer of Prizefighter in Emeryville, California, layers on more fruity flavors with French apéritif Lillet Rouge and the orange cognac-based liqueur Grand Marnier.Matt Taylor-Gross
Almond Granita
Almond Granita
Nutty, sweet almonds are used four ways in this super-simple frozen dessert.Farideh Sadeghin
Spinach and Walnut Salad (Pkhali)
Spinach and Walnut Salad (Pkhali)
Almost any vegetable can be substituted for spinach in this vegetarian appetizer sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. In Georgia, roasted beet and green bean versions are common.Landon Nordeman
Horse & Carriage
Horse & Carriage
New York City bar The Daily serves this lightly sweet, effervescent gin-based punch made with chamomile tea and sparkling wine. Created by mixologist Naren Young, it was inspired by classic holiday punches but is easily adapted to any season—try it in fall garnished with apples, pears, and cinnamon sticks; in winter with citrus slices and pomegranate; and in spring with edible flowers.Farideh Sadeghin
Brussels Sprouts with Horseradish and Pomegranate Seeds
Brussels Sprouts with Horseradish and Pomegranate Seeds
Brussels sprouts are zipped up with horseradish by chef Ken Oringer of Toro in Boston and New York.André Baranowski
French Monaco
French Monaco
This fruity beer-based cocktail is an ideal outdoor sipper—mix the pomegranate lemonade ahead of time and bring a six-pack to top each glass individually.Helen Rosner
White Chocolate Baba Ghannouj
White Chocolate Baba Ghannouj
The famously smoky Middle Eastern eggplant puree reaches new heights of smoothness with the inclusion of white chocolate, which compliments the nutty flavor of tahini and the delicate spice of fresh garlic and paprika.Yossy Arefi
Rosewater Fizz
Rosewater fizz
Simple, fruity, and slightly floral, this champagne-based cocktail comes to us by way of astrologer/bartender Patricia Clark Hippolyte, who developed the drink for our Mixstrology series.Helen Rosner
Arab Spring
The Arab Spring
This irreverently named cocktail, composed of grenadine, cardamom, fresh mint, and boukha, a Tunisian fig distillate, comes from Casino de Paris. Located in a former brothel that’s tucked into a courtyard in Jerusalem’s central market, Machane Yehuda, Casino de Paris boasts some of the holy city’s most stupendous sips.Andre Baranowski
Stuffed Poblano Chiles with Walnut Sauce (Chiles en Nogada)
Stuffed Poblano Chiles with Walnut Sauce (Chiles en Nogada)
Traditionally made in Puebla to celebrate Mexican Independence Day on September 16, these chiles have a minced pork filling enhanced with chopped fruit, and a creamy walnut sauce.Todd Coleman
Crush and Swizzle
Crush and Swizzle
Pomegranate juice gives this rum-laced prosecco drink a sweetness that belies its potency.Helen Rosner
Chicken and Walnut Stew (Khoresht-e Fesenjan)
Chicken and Walnut Stew (Khoresht-e Fesenjan)
Pomegranate molasses and walnuts bring sweet, sour, and bitter notes to this classic stew.Todd Coleman
Braised Short Ribs with Celery Root Purée
Braised short ribs with celery root purée
Cocoa powder enriches these braised beef short ribs from Manhattan-based chef Melissa Muller Daka.Ingalls Photography
Robiola-Stuffed Figs with Pomegranate
Robiola-Stuffed Figs with Pomegranate
Pungent Robiola cheese can be substituted with brie, ricotta, or any other soft cheese in this simple no-cook appetizer.Maxime Iattoni
Tabbouleh
Tabbouleh
Finely chopped fresh parsley and mint are bathed in fruity extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice in this classic Middle Eastern appetizer.James Oseland
Fall Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale Chips, and Pomegranate Seeds
Fall Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale Chips, and Pomegranate Seeds
Crispy baked kale, sweet roasted squash, and peppery arugula and watercress are combined with pumpkin and pomegranate seeds in this colorful salad.Ariana Lindquist
Fava Bean, Herb, and Pomegranate Fattoush
Fava Bean, Herb, and Pomegranate Fattoush
Fava beans add protein to this take on the Levantine bread salad from Australia-based chef Matt Wilkinson.André Baranowski
Leek and Herb Frittata (Kuku Sabzi)
Leek and Herb Frittata (Kuku Sabzi)
This herb-laced frittata of eggs, potatoes, and leeks is a popular Iranian side dish.Todd Coleman
La Grande Parade de Paris
La Grande Parade de Paris
Sweet and tangy, with the mild smokiness of pink peppercorns and the salty edge of black cured olives, this elaboration of a vodka martini is as grand and glamorous as the wide avenues of Paris.Todd Coleman
Pomegranate Meringue Rose Tart
Pomegranate Meringue Rose Tart
This Middle-Eastern-influenced tart heaps white chocolate-orange ganache accented with rose water into a pistachio shortbread crust. Pomegranate meringue shaped to form rose petals makes for a show-stopping finish.Maxime Iattoni