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Homemade Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar (4 ingredients)

Homemade Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar (4 ingredients)

This 4 ingredient homemade pomegranate balsamic vinegar is can be used as a flavorful, tart marinade or salad dressing. To make this vinegar, you just need pomegranate juice, balsamic vinegar, shallot, and salt.

Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar in a mason jar with ingredients in the background

[This pomegranate balsamic vinegar recipe was originally posted in January 2018. It has been updated a few times with cooking instructions, expert tips, FAQ, related recipes, and ways to repurpose/use up ingredients]

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Meals can get really boring, so why not make an easy 3 ingredient sauce to marinate meat in and to turn into a flavor packed salad dressing (I recommend reducing it on the stove first)?

This pomegranate balsamic vinegar recipe does just that. It works as a marinade AND as a salad dressing for a delicious salad.

This vinegar recipe is great because it includes just one unique ingredient: pomegranate juice. It’s easy to make, would be a great gift, and is tasty as a marinade or salad dressing.

This recipe works for cooking for one, it makes just one cup! But you can always divide it in half for a smaller batch if you’d like.

But if you do have leftovers, it’s easy to freeze for later. Just divide in an ice tray or something so you have smaller cubes. I highly recommend making a full recipe and using in a few recipes or freezing for later.

Ingredients

Scroll down to the pomegranate balsamic vinegar recipe card for the amounts of each ingredient, but here’s a quick visual + description of what’s in this recipe.

ingredients for pomegranate balsamic vinegar on a table
  • 100% Pomegranate Juice: If you can find 100% juice, the flavor will be the most pomegranate-y, but use what you can find. It’s often in glass or plastic juice containers, or you might be able to find it frozen in concentrate.
  • Balsamic Vinegar: Vinegar goes well with the sweet/fruity flavors of pomegranate juice.
  • Shallot: a shallot is kind of like a mix between an onion and garlic. It adds some sweetness and mild garlicky flavor.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the other flavors in this easy pomegranate balsamic vinegar.

Instructions

Scroll down to the recipe card for more detailed instructions. Here’s a quick overview + photos to see how to make this recipe in general.

pouring pomegranate juice into a mason jar

1. Pour Pomegranate Juice, balsamic vinegar, diced shallot, add a pinch of salt into a medium sized mason jar. Shake.

Marinade meat in your pomegranate balsamic vinegar or reduce and add extra virgin olive oil to use as a salad dressing.

Serve with

I like to marinate pork tenderloin or butt in this, for about 4 hours or so. Cook in Instant Pot on Manual for 15-20 minutes, or slow cook it.

You can serve pomegranate marinated pork with:

Storage Tips

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week, or freeze in small portions for later. This pomegranate balsamic vinegar freezes well and you don’t have to find many recipes to make it with at once.

Substitutions/Tips

  • Use 100% pomegranate juice in your pomegranate balsamic vinegar, it is more flavorful than other types of juice
  • If you don’t plan on using leftover pomegranate juice in one of the recipes mentioned below, freeze in ice cubes to add to drinks and sauces.
  • Other great add-ins: dijon mustard, olive oil, sugar, etc.

FAQ

What do you use pomegranate vinegar for?

It’s delicious to marinate meat in, to use as a salad dressing, or reduce and drizzle pomegranate vinegar glaze over vegetables, bread, or anything else. This DIY pomegranate balsamic vinegar is versatile and easy to make.

Is pomegranate vinegar good for you?

The polyphenol antioxidants in pomegranates pack lots of health benefits, and taste great, what more do you need? I recommend eating foods you enjoy more than focusing on what’s healthy or not.

How do you thicken balsamic vinegar?

Thickening balsamic vinegar is easy, just pour it into a saucepan and boil until it thickens, take it off the heat just before it’s as thick as you’d like, it hardens quickly.

pomegranate balsamic vinegar in a mason jar

Repurpose this pomegranate vinegar

  • Use ½ cup-1 cup pomegranate balsamic vinegar to marinade a pork loin. Marinade for at least 4 hours, then cook in an Instant Pot for 15-20 minutes.
  • Reduce sauce to turn it into a thick sauce. Then add olive oil to use as a salad dressing for a pomegranate salad with sauteed kale, butternut squash, pomegranate aerils, and pork loin marinated in this vinegar.

What to do with leftover ingredients

When you’re cooking for one, you often have leftover produce, cans of whatever ingredient, etc. Here are a couple ideas on how to use up the leftover ingredients. It’ll help you save money by wasting fewer ingredients.

Did you make this pomegranate balsamic vinegar? Leave me a comment & rating to share how it turned out!

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Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar

This 4 ingredient pomegranate balsamic vinegar is an easy sauce to make. Use it as a marinade for pork, or reduce it to use as a salad dressing.

Course Main Course, Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Rebecca Clyde MS, RDN

Equipment

  • cutting board

  • knife

  • Measuring Cups

  • Measuring Spoons

  • Mason Jar

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 100% Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon shallot diced
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions

  • Pour 1 cup 100% Pomegranate Juice, 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 1 Tablespoon diced shallot, and a pinch of salt into a medium sized mason jar. Shake.

  • If desired, cover pork loin with pomegranate balsamic vinegar to marinade or reduce into syrup to make an easy salad dressing.

  • Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5-7 days. Sniff it, if it still smells good and looks good, it should be ok to eat, even after 7 days.

Notes

  • Use 100% pomegranate juice, it is more flavorful than other types of juice
  • If you don’t plan on using leftover pomegranate juice in one of the recipes mentioned below, freeze in ice cubes to add to drinks and sauces.