This easy pomegranate molasses vinaigrette is sweet and tangy with a kick of spice from Dijon mustard. Pomegranate molasses is a hero ingredient in my recipes. It’s found in traditional Persian dishes like Fesenjoon, but did you know it also makes a knock-your-socks-off salad dressing? This vinaigrette will instantly elevate any basic salad.

Brown salad dressing in a small beaker in front of lettuce.

With only five minutes of effort and six ingredients, you can create a complex vinaigrette with flavor layers of sweet, sour, acid, and a kick of spice from the mustard. Making a homemade vinaigrette is worth it as you can adjust the taste to your preference, and it tastes better when freshly made.

🌟 Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Unbeatable flavor of pomegranate molasses: when you heat and reduce pomegranate juice, you get a sweet and thick syrupy liquid with an irresistible tang. I use it in everything from my pomegranate molasses lamb to my roasted Brussels sprouts and it never fails to WOW!
  • Five minutes or less to make: Attempting to make a homemade vinaigrette sounds intimidating, but it’s easy and accessible for all levels of cooks. The ingredients are simple, and the method only involves shaking everything together to mix.
  • Perfectly balanced vinaigrette: A balance of oil (source of fat) and vinegar (source of acid) is the key to a perfect vinaigrette. With sweetness from the pomegranate molasses and light spice from the Dijon mustard, this has all the elements of an ideal salad dressing.

🧾 Ingredients in This Recipe

Pomegranate molasses, apple cider vinegar, and other ingredients to make a salad dressing on a countertop.
  • Pomegranate molasses – You can buy pomegranate molasses online or from a Middle Eastern grocery store which is the least expensive option. If you can’t find it, you can make your own from pomegranate juice. My homemade pomegranate molasses recipe gives you all the steps you need.
  • Apple cider vinegar – This is an essential pantry staple and I think it works best in this recipe, but if you don’t have it, champagne vinegar, lemon juice, or a white wine or white balsamic would work, too.
  • Dijon mustard – You can choose your favorite brand of Dijon mustard. Check the label to ensure it is Dijon and not another variety like whole-grain mustard.
  • Olive oil – Use a high-quality olive oil which is the best choice for dressings since the flavor comes through so much more.
  • Black pepper – I prefer freshly cracked, but you can use ground pepper if needed.
  • Salt – I prefer sea salt in this recipe, but you can use any salt you have on hand.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

👩‍🍳 How to Make This Recipe

Brown salad dressing in a sealed mason jar.
  • Add all your ingredients to a large jar or container you can seal. Screw on the top tightly.
Brown salad dressing in a small beaker on a countertop.
  • Shake the jar vigorously to combine the ingredients. Shaking the jar emulsifies the vinaigrette, which combines two ingredients that usually wouldn’t mix. In this case, it’s the oil and the other liquid elements.

Taste your vinaigrette, and add more salt and pepper if you desire. Pour as much of the dressing as you like into a salad bowl and toss your salad to coat.

⭐️ Pro Tip ⭐️

Measure all your ingredients directly into the jar to save time and make this recipe as easy as possible.

⏰ How Long You Can Use Your Vinaigrette

Vinaigrette tastes so good when it’s fresh! This one will last up to three days in the fridge. Make sure to keep it separate from your salad and dress just before you’re about to eat. If you store an already-dressed salad in the fridge, it will go soggy.

🏆 Other Great Ways to Use Pomegranate Molasses

I will sing the praises of pomegranate molasses as long as I live! I love cooking with it and baking with it. Here are just some of my favorite ways to use it.

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Pomegranate Molasses Vinaigrette

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This vinaigrette takes my favorite ingredient, pomegranate molasses, and turns it into a well-balanced and tangy vinaigrette that's perfect to dress up any salad.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Persian
Diet: Gluten Free, Kosher, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6
Calories: 108kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper freshly cracked black pepper

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to mason jar, seal, and shake vigorously until emulsified.
  • Adjust the salt and pepper seasoning to taste.

Notes

You can buy pomegranate molasses online or from a Middle Eastern grocery store which is the least expensive option. If you can’t find it, you can make your own from pomegranate juice. My homemade pomegranate molasses recipe gives you all the steps you need.
Keeps for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Dress the salad just before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 0.02g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 0.03g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 0.002mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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