What does pomegranate molasses taste like? I would have answered “pomegranates” a few weeks ago.
Now that I’ve tasted it, my answer will be a bit more elaborate. It tastes like pomegranates, of course, as well as molasses. It has that deep, grown-up flavor similar to espresso that makes food taste more sophisticated.
But it’s not bitter and that makes it totally different in my eyes than regular molasses, which I haven’t managed to love yet even though I tried hard.
It’s also a bit acidic which lightens the flavor and makes it suitable for both desserts and savory dishes. Delightful.
I loved pomegranate molasses in this fruit salad. In fact, I’ve tried it with different fruits already, and the result was delicious every time.
So don’t worry if you don’t have any pistachios or apples handy. Whichever fruits you have will work for this. I used to mix my fruits with grenadine, but have stopped in my effort to go sugar-free.
So this is an excellent alternative while still enjoying the taste of pomegranates. Not all pomegranate molasses is sugar-free but, Cortas, the brand I used has only one ingredient: concentrated pomegranate juice.
I bought pomegranate molasses at the local Middle Eastern market (it is available in most Middle Eastern markets) but they also sell it at Whole Foods and online, of course.
Fruit Salad with Pomegranate Molasses
2 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into bite-sized cubes
2 tablespoons raisins
2 tablespoons pistachios or walnuts, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses, plus more for drizzling
1/2 tablespoon honey (optional)
A dash of cinnamon (optional)
Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Transfer to serving plates and drizzle with pomegranate molasses. Chill if you wish.
A couple of serving suggestions for this salad:
-Cold or at room temperature.
-On top of warm or cold cereal.
-As a side dish.