Pomegranate Molasses Dressing Recipe

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Pomegranate molasses dressing is simple and sophisticated, with the tart and tangy pomegranate punch and subtle shallots. Not familiar with pomegranate molasses? Learn all about it on my pomegranate molasses page.

(first published Oct 2013, updated August 2019)

Tantalize your Salads with this Tangy Dressing

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What is Pomegranate Molasses Salad Dressing

A simple vinaigrette, this dressing combines the familiar balsamic vinegar with the tangy syrupy pomegranate molasses. While balsamic vinegar is almost as prevalent in kitchen pantries as salt and pepper – pomegranate molasses is less so. But once you taste pomegranate syrup, sometimes described as the Middle Eastern equivalent of balsamic, you’ll find yourself reaching for it frequently as well.

This is the perfect recipe to begin your pomegranate love affair. You can easily modify the ingredients to your own tastes or menu – add fresh or dried herbs, change the vinegar, or use it exactly as is.

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How to Make Pomegranate Molasses Vinaigrette

  1. Chop shallots
  2. Measure out vinegar and molasses and olive oil.
  3. Combine the shallots, vinegar, molasses
  4. Then whisk in the olive oil. If it separates before you serve it, just whisk it again.
  5. Consider doubling this recipe – it’s great to have on hand!

Substitutes for Pomegranate Molasses

Boiled down liquids – whether vinegars or juice or stock – intensify in flavor. Part of the appeal of this dressing is the tart and tangy intensity of the pomegranate molasses. However, if you don’t have pomegranate molasses or juice in the house, you can try reducing some balsamic vinegar until it’s thicker (and more intense) and use that.

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Salads to Pair with Pomegranate Molasses Vinaigrette

I originally served this pomegranate molasses dressing on a fig and manchego green salad. But it would be ideal for so many salads throughout the year. Here are just a few ideas:

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Pomegranate Molasses Salad Dressing

A simple vinaigrette combining the familiar balsamic vinegar with the tangy syrupy pomegranate molasses. Easily modified to your own tastes or menu – add fresh or dried herbs, change the vinegar, or use it exactly as is. Originally served on a fig and manchego green salad, it would be ideal for so many salads throughout the year.
Course Salad
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Keyword pomegranate molasses, pomegranates, salad dressing
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 93 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons minced shallot
  • 1/8 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 3 ¼ teaspoons pomegranate molasses adjust up or down to your tangy taste buds
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon each to start

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine the shallots, vinegar and pomegranate molasses, then whisk in the olive oil.
  2. Taste, then add salt and pepper or other herbs to your own liking.

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21 Responses to Pomegranate Molasses Dressing Recipe

  1. Laura August 26, 2019 at 10:23 am #

    5 stars
    You know I am all over this recipe! I just adore pomegranate molasses. Thank you for making it look so easy!

  2. Sandi August 16, 2019 at 11:52 am #

    5 stars
    Pomegranate is one of my favorites…I love how you created a salad dressing with it.

    • Beth Lee August 16, 2019 at 3:50 pm #

      Thanks Sandi – I am just a bit obsessed with pomegranate molasses – in case that isn’t obvious 🙂

  3. allie @ Through Her Looking Glass January 14, 2016 at 8:07 am #

    5 stars
    I learned so much about pomegranate molasses today, and I’m so glad I dropped by. So many great uses.

    • Beth Lee January 14, 2016 at 9:42 am #

      Yah! Thanks for the visit. It’s such a great addition to a pantry – look for the brands without added sugar.

  4. annelies November 3, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    Pomegranate molasses is a regular in our kitchen and I have been contemplating making the Stuffed Quince recipe in Jerusalem… that just may have to happen this fall.

    • Beth Lee November 4, 2013 at 9:02 am #

      If you are short on time, deconstruct it and prepare the stuffing as meatballs and give them a quick sear first. Wonderful with the pomegranate on top. Now is the time to make it! Thanks for stopping by Annelies!

  5. Couscous & Consciousness October 31, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    What a great round-up you’ve done, Beth, and I love your pomegranate molasses dressing. I’ve been so curious to try that wheat berry dish, but I’ve never been able to find wheat berries here.

    • Beth Lee November 1, 2013 at 10:23 am #

      Hi Sue – I guess I take for granted what I regularly find in our stores here – didn’t realize they were difficult to come by. I think you could probably substitute some other hearty grain and give it a go.

  6. Hannah October 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Love this salad dressing, Beth! Balsamic and pomegranate sound absolutely delicious together. So, I tried making my own pomegranate molasses yesterday and learned that I should not leave the kitchen when doing so…we now have what we’re calling Middle Eastern lollipops! I overcooked it and it hardened. Oh well! Next time I’ll keep a close eye. Thanks for sharing all this pomegranate inspiration!

    • Beth Lee October 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

      LOL! I did the same thing – got distracted w a phone call and boiled it just a little too long. Should be about 75% reduction. With 2 cups of liquid, should take about 25 minutes at med low heat to get to 1/2 cup. @dormantchef is the saucier in our house and he always measures water to the amount of final reduction desired, pours it into the pot to visually cue where it should be when its done before he starts the process. Engineering minds…

      But hey – according to Martha, I’m no expert so don’t listen to me 🙂 Oh sorry that snide comment just slipped out. Oops!

  7. sandycorman October 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Where do I buy pomegranate molasses. Would love to try that recipe.

    • Beth Lee October 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

      Great question – most gourmet-ish grocery stores and small Middle Eastern groceries carry it of which there are plenty near where you live. Even easier is just to make your own by boiling down pomegranate juice – reduce about 75%. So if u start w 2 cups juice, you want to stop boiling at 1/2 cup. Stay close while you are doing it cuz if you boil too far it becomes pomegranate “chewing gum” 🙂

  8. Carol Sacks October 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Great post — thanks for sharing so many ideas!

    • Beth Lee October 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

      You are my never-fail source of salad inspiration Carol!

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