The word pomegranate means “apple with seeds” in Latin, and it’s the seeds that are the really juicy treasures. Pomegranate seeds (or arils) offer a totally unique texture and a signature blend of sweet and sour. They are a tangy addition to many dishes – and guacamole is no exception.
Pomegranate seeds elevate even the simplest of guacamoles, while launching more adventurous guacs straight into the stratosphere. Plus, the red and green aesthetic is a bright addition to your meal. We’ve shared four of our favorite pomegranate guacamole recipes below.
Before you jump in, make sure you know how to pick your ingredients. Watch our video to learn how to pick a ripe avocado, then read on to learn how to pick and slice the perfect pomegranate.
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Select a pomegranate that is firm and heavy. Heaviness is a good sign — it means that the pomegranate is full of sweet, delicious, juicy seeds. The color of the pomegranate may vary. What’s important is that the skin is firm and leathery.
To open the pomegranate, cut an inverted cone into the top (you can tell it’s the top because of the pointed blossom end). With a flat cut, remove the bottom. Looking down at it from the top, you’ll see that your pomegranate is not perfectly spherical — there are ridges running down the sides. With a paring knife, score vertically along each of the ridges. After scoring, the pomegranate should easily come apart along the ridges, freeing the seeds within. Time to mix up some pomegranate guacamole!
If you’re pressed for time or are just looking for the easiest way to get rolling on a pomegranate guac, this simple recipe is it. Red onions, cilantro, lime juice, pomegranate seeds, and (of course) Avocados From Mexico are all it takes to serve up a deliciously straightforward dip.
In this recipe, the subtle smokiness of paprika melds with cilantro, red onion, and avocados to provide the perfect foundation for your pomegranate seeds. The sweetness of the juicy seeds is balanced by tart lime juice and the sharp freshness of red onions, creating a range of flavor and spice. It’s enough to make your mouth do a victory dance.
It sounds over-the-top, but this extravagant and meaty pomegranate guacamole might just be the best thing you’ve ever concocted. Created by Pati Jinich, this delicious dip (or should we say, meal) is bursting with a selection of herbs and spices. Between the juicy short ribs, tangy pomegranate seeds, and creamy avocado, this recipe is, in a word, remarkable.
There’s no snack quite as delectable as guacamole toast — except maybe pomegranate guacamole toast. This spread also features mint, goat cheese, and pistachios, creating a rustic melody of flavors perfect for any time of day.
For more exciting inspiration, head to our archive of guacamole recipes.