20 delicious recipes to get pomegranate on your plate


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Pomegranate — known for its ruby red seeds, and how tricky they are to remove from the fruit — is in season November through December and is considered an antioxidant powerhouse, with even more of those disease-fighting molecules than cranberry juice or green tea.

Load up on pomegranate while it’s still in season with these 20 brilliant recipes. As for the challenge of deseeding the fruit, use this timesaving chef hack to effortlessly get the seeds you want with little time or hassle — no bowl of water required.


1. Ginger cardamom quinoa cereal with pomegranate seeds

Pomegranate seeds are a great way to boost your breakfast’s nutrient power, since they go well with yogurt and recipes like this ginger cardamom quinoa cereal from Yum Universe.


2. Pumpkin pomegranate quinoa

Speaking of quinoa, this dish from Illustrated Nutrition is almost too pretty to eat. Loaded with pomegranate seeds, pumpkin puree, walnuts, raisins and quinoa, it can be eaten alone or as a side dish.


3. Pomegranate brisket

Just because pomegranate is a sweet food doesn’t mean it has to be part of a sweet dish. The tart seeds can add a complementary, citrusy flavor to a savory meal, like this pomegranate brisket recipe from Food Republic. 


4. Persimmon, pomegranate and ricotta salad

Pomegranate seeds are perfect for salads — in addition to adding a sweet flavor to your bed of greens, they also provide a nice crunch. This recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking uses arugula, butter lettuce, red leaf lettuce, persimmons, pomegranate seeds and ricotta — all topped with a homemade dressing of red wine vinegar, honey, olive oil, salt and pepper.


5. Apple fennel salad with pecans and pomegranate

Take seasonal eating to a whole new level during the autumn months with this salad from Simple Bites that incorporates apple, fennel, pomegranate seeds and pecans. 


6. Barbecued pomegranate and coriander lamb kebabs 

Get yourself familiar with pomegranate molasses, a sweet and versatile syrup made of pomegranate juice, sugar and lemon juice. This recipe from The British Larder uses it to give lamb kebabs a slightly sweet coating that helps the fat on the lamb caramelize as it cooks. 


7. Pomegranate, kale and wild rice salad with walnuts and feta

Have you ever seen a more beautiful salad? Look at those colors! This recipe from Pinch of Yum uses chopped baby kale, wild rice, toasted walnuts, pomegranate seeds and feta cheese, all topped with a homemade dressing.


8. Chocolate-pomegranate-ginger bark

Believe it or not, pomegranate and chocolate were meant to be together. This sweet treat from Baking And Design is a simple recipe with complex flavors and only four ingredients.


9. Skinny pomegranate pudding cake

This moist, rich pudding cake from I Wash You Dry might look indulgent, but you can enjoy your slice without regret thanks to the use of low-fat ingredients. 


10. Roasted sweet potatoes with spiced pomegranate molasses

Bookmark this one for next Thanksgiving. For this yummy recipe, That’s Some Good Cookin’ roasts sweet potatoes and coats them in homemade pomegranate molasses.