Pomegranate juice is mixed with basic ingredients and results in a delicious yet quick and easy pomegranate vinaigrette you can use on salads or as a marinade. The fruity flavors of the pomegranate adds a nice touch and variation to your basic salad vinaigrette.
The background on pomegranates
Pomegranates originated in India and Iran and has been cultivated in the Mediterranean for a long time. It was the Spanish settlers who brought the pomegranate to the California in the late 1700’s. In the US, pomegranates are in season September – February making it a great fresh fruit alternative for the winter months.
The fruit may contain anywhere from 200-1400 individual seeds. The seeds, are covered with a red pigmented membrane and called arils, which are the edible part of the fruit with a sweet-sour in flavor. The seeds can be eaten or pressed to make a juice.
There are many different cultures that eat pomegranates and use them in a variety of ways. Most commonly the seeds are used in salads and desserts while the juice is used to flavor sauces, dressings, marinades and this pomegranate vinaigrette.
Health benefits of pomegranates
When eaten, pomegranates provide a range of health benefits to our bodies including:
- It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties thanks to punicalagins, the antioxidant found in the seeds and peel of the pomegranate. These punicalagins are strongest in juice and also powders and extracts as the peel use to produce these forms of pomegranate.
- Pomegranate juice may be useful in fighting against certain types of cancer such as prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women. Studies are early but look promising.
- Studies show drinking pomegranate juice may reduce blood pressure.
- Pomegranates may be a way to prevent heart disease as studies show that it improves cholesterol by lowering LDL and also through protecting LDL cholesterol from oxidation which is one of the ways heart disease develops.
- Pomegranates have antibacterial and antifungal properties which may benefit gum diseases and yeast infections.
- Consuming pomegranates may also improve exercise performance, erectile dysfunction and memory all due to its ability to increase blood flow.
Ideas for eating and cooking with pomegranates
So now that we know how good pomegranates are for your health, so other than a delicious pomegranate vinaigrette, what are some different ways to add them to your food?
~ Add some arils to your morning yogurt parfait.
~ Top off your bowl of oatmeal with pomegranate seeds.
~ Pomegranate seeds are a crunchy addition to any salad and pair well with other fruits, avocado and red onion.
~ Use the juice to flavor up dressings.
~ Mix in pomegranate juice to your morning smoothie or yogurt bowl.
~ The arils make a delicious crunchy snack simply eating them on their own.
~ Sprinkle them over a bowl of ice cream.
Quick and easy pomegranate vinaigrette
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup pomegranate juice
- 2 T red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Combine all the ingredients and whisk or shake to combine.
2 ½ T per serving
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