Pomegranate Salsa Recipe – Cookie and Kate

By admin Dec20,2023

This fresh pomegranate salsa recipe is bursting with sweet-and-spicy flavor. It’s a fun holiday appetizer or wintertime snack. You can serve it with tortilla chips like any other salsa. Of course, a side of guacamole is always a good idea.

For a special Christmas salsa presentation, try it as shown here, with whipped goat cheese as a creamy base and the salsa arranged in a wreath-like shape on top. This variation goes well with sturdy crostini or crisp toasted pita. The whipped goat cheese component is included in the recipe below, and it’s so easy to whip up.

pomegranate salsa ingredients

This year, I’m bringing pomegranate salsa to my friends’ annual Christmas party! Lighter and brighter options are always welcome amongst heavy and sweet holiday fare. Let’s start the pomegranate salsa trend together.

Here in the U.S., pomegranates are typically available from the end of September through January. I hope you have the chance to make this recipe while we can.

whipped goat cheese

How to Make Pomegranate Salsa

Start with the pomegranate—you can buy whole pomegranates (you’ll need about two for this recipe) and remove the arils yourself. This is my preferred method for removing the arils. Or to save time, buy pomegranate arils that have already been removed from the fruit (you’ll need about two cups).

In a bowl, simply combine the pomegranate with finely chopped red onion, cilantro, and jalapeño (omit if you’re sensitive to heat). For the best texture, take your time to finely chop these ingredients.

Finally, add lime juice, lime zest (which really ramps up the lime flavor), and salt. Stir it together, and the salsa is ready to eat.

To make the optional whipped goat cheese, bust out the food processor and combine goat cheese, cream cheese, honey, garlic and salt. Process until the mixture is totally smooth and creamy. Spread the mixture across the base of a wide, shallow bowl and arrange the pomegranate salsa around the edges for a wreath-like shape (if you’re making this outside of the holidays, you might just pile it in the center of the dish).

pomegranate salsa spoonful

How to Serve Pomegranate Salsa

Serve it on its own with tortilla chips, perhaps with a bowl of guacamole on the side. Or, serve it with whipped goat cheese for a creamy base that goes well with crostini or toasted pita. You’ll find the optional whipped goat cheese component within the recipe below.

Wintery Mexican-inspired entrées that would go well with this pomegranate appetizer include Christmas Enchiladas, Tortilla Soup, Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers and Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole.

You could even try pomegranate salsa on tacos. I haven’t tried, but I believe it would be stellar in place of the pineapple salsa in this cheese taco recipe—Halloumi Tacos with Pineapple Salsa & Aji Verde.

For cocktails, try a Ranch Water, Skinny Margarita or Fresh Mezcalita.

pomegranate salsa recipe

More Pomegranate Recipes to Enjoy

Here are just a few more of my favorite pomegranate recipes.

Please let me know how your pomegranate salsa turns out in the comments! I love hearing from you.

pomegranate salsa on crostini


Pomegranate Salsa

  • Author: Cookie and Kate
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Salsa
  • Method: By hand
  • Cuisine: Mexican-inspired
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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This pomegranate salsa recipe is bursting with sweet-and-spicy flavor. It’s a fun holiday appetizer or special wintertime snack. Serve it on its own with tortilla chips, or with whipped goat cheese for a creamy base that goes well with crostini or toasted pita. Recipe yields 8 appetizer servings.




  • 2 cups pomegranate arils (about 2 pomegranate’s worth)
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped (use a smaller jalapeño for less heat, or leave in some seeds for more heat)  
  • ½ teaspoon lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice 
  • ⅛ teaspoon fine salt

Optional whipped goat cheese 

  • 4 to 5 ounces goat cheese
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 small-to-medium garlic clove
  • ⅛ teaspoon fine salt

Serving suggestions: Crostini, toasted pita wedges, sturdy crackers or tortilla chips


  1. To prepare the salsa, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and gently stir until combined. Taste, and add a little more salt if desired. 
  2. To prepare the optional whipped goat cheese, combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the mixture is absolutely smooth and creamy, which could take a couple of minutes, pausing to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. 
  3. To serve, use the salsa as-is, or spread the whipped goat cheese into the base of a wide, shallow bowl. Spoon all of the salsa around the perimeter of the bowl. Serve promptly. Leftovers will keep for up to 5 days (the whipped goat cheese will need to warm back to room temperature to spread easily). 


Make it dairy free/vegan: Serve the salsa without the goat cheese, or over guacamole instead. If you have dairy free/vegan guests at a party, serve the goat cheese separately from the salsa.

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