Apple cider vinegar might seem like a minor ingredient in most recipes, but due to its numerous health benefits, this slightly sour liquid is starting to take center stage.
Proven positive effects of apple cider vinegar include lowering blood sugar, acting as an antibiotic, helping with weight loss, preventing cancer, and possibly even improving complexion. Better still, it adds a deliciously tangy flavor to a wide variety of dishes, so from drinks to dessert it’s easy to get your daily dose with these apple cider vinegar recipes.
1. Pumpkin & Apple Cider Vinegar Smoothie
This tasty smoothie is like sipping on a slice of pumpkin pie, but it’s a whole lot healthier. Apple cider vinegar adds a nutritional boost and a bit of tangy flavor.
- 1-2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (depending on your taste, you could even use 1 Tablespoon)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 banana (frozen if you want a creamier smoothie)
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Add more apple cider if you want a more sippable smoothie, and more ice if you want to thicken it up.
2. Bacon Jam
Source: It’s All Frosting
This mouth-watering condiment is sure to be a hit wherever you serve it, and it pairs well with everything from grilled cheese to crackers and peanut butter. Its delightful balance of sweet, savory, and smoky flavors is created by coffee, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar.
3. Avocado Egg Salad
Source: Mason Jar Salads
This healthy version of the classic dish is dairy-free and delicious. The trick is swapping some of the egg yolks for avocados and covering them in Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar instead of heaps of mayo.
4. Jalapeño Barbecue Sauce
Source: Dad with a Pan
Take your barbecue to the next level with homemade sauce that’s sweet, tangy, and spicy at the same time. All you need is tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and jalapeños.
5. Turmeric Pancakes with Coconut Cream
Source: A Balance of Tastes
These pancakes are a nutritional powerhouse. They combine turmeric (known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties) with a touch of apple cider vinegar. A coconut-whipped cream topping is the perfect finishing touch.
6. Ginger & Honey Switchel
Source: Rose & Ivy Journal
This refreshing mocktail is a perfect way to start or end your day. Simply mix fresh ginger, apple cider vinegar, honey, seltzer, and fresh mint for garnish.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing
Source: Fermented Food Lab
Just a touch of this richly flavored dressing adds a bold and tasty tang to any salad. It gets its nutritional benefits from raw apple cider vinegar, as well as nutritional yeast and the healthy fat in extra virgin oil.
8. Pickled Green Beans
Source: That Clean Life
These crunchy green beans, full of vitamins and fiber, are a perfect salad topper or satisfying snack on their own. It only takes 24 hours to pickle them in an apple cider vinegar mixture, but the flavor will intensify with time.
9. Apple Cider Vinegar-Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese
Source: Cup of Zest
Sautéing caramelized onions in apple cider vinegar makes them especially tangy. They’ll pop in your mouth, and pair especially well with sharp cheddar in this scrumptious sandwich.
10. Vegan Green Goddess Dressing
Source: Kara Lydon
This take on the famous green dressing doesn’t use any mayonnaise or sour cream — instead, it’s packed with fresh greens, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil. It also makes a delicious dip and pairs perfectly with sweet potato.
11. Apple Cabbage Coleslaw
Source: Eating Richly
Crunchy and satisfying, coleslaw is always a winning side dish. This one has a red cabbage and apple base, covered with cider vinegar and cream so you get both a tart flavor and creaminess.
12. Plum Shrub
Source: Honestly Yum
Shrubs are vinegar-based fruit syrups that can be used to make cocktails (or mocktails), or enjoyed on their own. This one combines apple cider vinegar and red wine vinegar with sugar and plums for a just-right balance of sour and sweet.
13. Pulled Chicken Sandwich
Source: The Spice Train
The sauce on this flavorful pulled chicken combines tomato, honey, onion, and apple cider vinegar. Use it to make a hearty sandwich or pulled chicken tacos.
14. Tomato Raisin Chutney
Source: Andrea Meyers
This chutney is like fancy ketchup and is delicious over grilled meats or paired with a strong cheese. If you know how to pressure can, you can make a big batch and enjoy it all winter long.
15. Bacon-Wrapped Dates
Source: Kailley’s Kitchen
This appetizer is a winning combination of salty and sweet, and when drizzled in an apple cider vinaigrette it will truly pop in your mouth. It would make a great snack at a holiday party.
16. Spicy Squash Soup
Source: Deliciously Ella
Nothing’s better at warming you on a cool day than a warm soup. This satisfying recipe is made thick by the texture of butternut squash, and given rich flavor due to the combination of roasted rosemary and thyme, jalapeno, and apple cider vinegar.
17. Chicken Vindaloo
Source: Natural Noshing
This healthy Indian dish is packed with protein, veggies, and loads of flavor from spices, coconut milk, and apple cider vinegar. Serve it over rice for a complete and satisfying meal.
18. Roasted Root Vegetables
Source: Simply Recipes
Tangy apple cider vinegar pairs perfectly with the natural sweetness of carrots, yams, beets, and parsnips. This would make for a delicious side dish at Thanksgiving, or on any winter night.
19. Apple Cider Vinegar Elixir
Source: Scaling Back
Start your day off on the right foot with this nutritious drink, which is a mixture of apple cider vinegar, apple juice, honey, ginger, and cinnamon. It’s refreshing and sweet, and a much healthier alternative to soda.
20. Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Blueberries & Pecans
Source: The Devil Wears Parsley
These tasty cookies are so nutritious you could eat them for breakfast guilt-free. They’re sweetened naturally with mashed bananas and honey, and get a little zing from apple cider vinegar, dried blueberries, and pecans.
This fall, enjoy the flavor of apples in a whole new way with the addition of apple cider vinegar to your cooking repertoire. A little bit of this miraculous liquid goes a long way so mixing in a teaspoon here and there will amount to significant health benefits. Pucker up and enjoy!