The best foods have a balance of flavors, no matter the recipe. Whether sweet or savory, recipes with apple cider vinegar are some of the best.
And they aren’t just limited to drinks!
Add ACV to desserts as a flavor enhancer and to help the texture of baked goods.
Or, add some to savory dishes to balance salt and make a richer dish.
Sure, it’s great on salads. But apple cider vinegar can be used in almost every aspect of cooking!
Check out this list of 20 amazing recipes with apple cider vinegar for some inspiration!
1. Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork
I don’t think there is a wrong way to eat pulled pork. But cooked with apple cider vinegar, it’s all the better.
Pork shoulder is slow cooked in BBQ sauce and ACV makes for tender, juicy meat.
Adding brown sugar makes for sweet, sticky, and slightly tangy pork meat.
Pull that pork apart and load it onto a soft bun. Sounds delicious, right?
2. Apple Pie Apple Cider Vinegar Drink
Apple cider vinegar has tons of health benefits, but can be difficult to swallow. This simple drink will have you sipping in no time.
Warm cinnamon spice and apple juice is the base of all ciders.
Add in some vanilla stevia and ACV for a healthy, cold drink in no time!
This is a great way to start your day, and you can’t even taste the ACV.
3. Ramen Noodle Asian Salad
This will always be one of my favorite side dishes for BBQ season. It’s cool, crunchy, and loaded with flavor.
The cabbage, seeds, nuts, and ramen are mixed with a scrumptious tangy sauce.
Mix ACV with sugar, oil, and ramen seasoning for a simple and flavorful dressing.
I could eat this salad for a meal in itself. But it pairs well with BBQ or grilled proteins!
4. Honey Butter Garlic Chicken
This easy garlic chicken is one of my favorite go-to recipes for a busy weeknight. Made with pantry staples and ready in a flash? Yes, please!
Chicken is smothered in a sweet and savory garlic sauce that is out of this world.
The ACV adds a balanced tang to the sauce, especially when paired with garlic and honey.
Serve over steamed rice with veggies of choice and you have a whole meal!
5. Firecracker Baked Salmon in Foil
I love any recipe that makes cleanup easy, especially when it’s scrumptious salmon!
As good as salmon is, the firecracker sauce is the star of this show. There’s a little heat, a little sweet, and a little tang all in one sauce.
Who wouldn’t see fireworks with that?
Once your salmon is fork tender and cooked through, I love this salmon on a leafy green salad.
There’s no dressing required, but you could save some firecracker sauce for your salad, too!
6. Easy Bourbon Chicken
Have I mentioned how much I love an easy meal? Busy lifestyles don’t mean you have to eat boring, lifeless foods.
Despite the name, there’s no bourbon in this recipe. The chicken is coated in a sweet and sticky sauce made with a few pantry staples.
Ketchup and ACV add a sour tang, brown sugar adds the sweet and sticky, and soy sauce finishes it off.
Talk about an easy dish that has everything you want in one bowl!
7. Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken
Sometimes, it’s best to keep it basic. This recipe is a simple method of marinating chicken before cooking and has endless uses.
The ACV not only adds flavor to chicken breast, but it also tenderizes the meat, too!
The marinade is so easy, you can throw it together in the morning for tender, juicy chicken for dinner.
Grill your chicken, and add it to any of your normal chicken dishes. You won’t be disappointed, I promise!
8. Broccoli Salad
Sometimes, coleslaw just doesn’t do the trick. For those days, I lean to this balanced broccoli salad to satisfy my cravings.
There’s so much going on in this salad, everyone will rave over it! It’s full of bacon, almonds, craisins, and, of course, broccoli.
All that goodness is dressed in a vinegary, sweet, and creamy sauce. This is my favorite way to get in my greens, and enjoy them, too!
9. Depression Cake (Wacky Cake)
Rich chocolatey cake made with vinegar? You’ve got it!
The recipe calls for white vinegar, but ACV works great, too. Using this makes the crumb light and airy, and balances the sweetness, too.
Don’t worry, the name is inspired by the creativity of the Great Depression. There’s no sadness with chocolate cake, right?!
10. Strawberry Vinaigrette
Summer is the season to break out the blender and make your own salad dressings. Up first is this sweet and tangy strawberry vinaigrette.
With just five ingredients and five minutes, you have a heavenly vinaigrette.
This dressing is perfect to pair with fruity salads, or just on greens themselves.
It has no preservatives, has amazing flavor, and is so easy! What’s not to love?
11. Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
Sure I know soda isn’t great for you. But if you cook it, it’s better for you. Right?
Grab your slow cooker and pile in the sauce ingredients. The ACV and Dr. Pepper work together to tenderize the meat.
Load the pulled pork onto a bun, and dig in! It’s family approved, easy, and unforgettable.
12. Roasted Harvest Bowls with Apple Cider Dressing
Harvest bowls are in, and I am here to say they deserve to stay. One bite of this healthy, veggie-loaded bowl, and you’ll see what I mean.
The bowl starts with a mix of greens. Top that with butternut squash, ACV Brussels sprouts, seeds, and maple turmeric chicken.
Then, top that all with a spiced apple cider vinegar dressing. *Chef’s kiss*
13. Grandma’s Macaroni Salad
You simply cannot go wrong with a classic macaroni salad, especially when it’s your grandma’s macaroni salad!
ACV is mixed in to cut through the richness of the mayonnaise dressing. Bacon, veggies, and pasta are all coated in a creamy dressing. Need I say more?
14. Kale Salad with Roasted Butternut and Maple Cider Vinaigrette
I love the incredible salads that come out of the summer season. This kale salad is healthy, diverse, and absolutely delicious.
Creamy caramelized butternut squash, crispy bacon, crunchy apples, and so much more.
All that goodness is coated in a homemade sweet and tangy Dijon vinaigrette.
There’s no need to pair this salad with any proteins, as it’s perfect on its own.
15. Carrot Ginger Soup
If pureed soups are your thing, you have to add this soup to your repertoire. It has cozy, creamy, and refreshing flavors all in one bowl.
Ginger and apple cider vinegar work together to balance the sweetness of the carrots.
Match that with garlic and onion and veggie broth, and it’s simply irresistible.
Garnish with a bit of coconut cream and pesto and you’re in seventh heaven. Or at least you’ll feel like you are!
16. Swedish Meatballs
Meatballs take my vote for the number one comfort food out there.
This is especially true when they’re coated in creamy gravy and served over noodles.
The key to perfectly spiced Swedish meatballs is allspice, nutmeg, and onion powder.
The silky gravy is best made with ACV, Worcestershire, and sour cream. Don’t forget the beef base!
You can serve the meatballs on their own as an appetizer, or serve them as a meal. Either way, you’ll leave the table feeling full and happy!
17. Filipino Adobo Chicken
Filipino recipes are inviting, simple, and beyond flavorful. This easy adobo chicken is a great introduction to the foods of the Philippines.
The key to these drumsticks is marinating in soy sauce, ACV, and bay leaves overnight. Cook them low and slow in a skillet, and reduce the sauce.
Serve over rice and you have a tasty Filipino meal!
18. Trisha Yearwood Sloppy Joes
If you don’t like sloppy joes, you haven’t made these sloppy Joes! Far from ordinary and mushy, they’re a hit for eaters of all ages.
The key difference is beans, veggies, and beef in these joes. All that smothered in a tangy homemade BBQ sauce.
There’s no need for napkins, as these sloppy Joes are finger-licking good.
19. Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops
Pork chops are always hit or miss for me. Of course, I’ll only share chops that are a total hit!
The key to the best pork chops are tender, juicy, and flavorful. The chops are rubbed with ample spices, then cooked in a robust glaze.
The glaze is made with apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and Dijon mustard. These chops are tangy, juicy, and loaded with flavor.
20. Apple Cider Vinegar Smoothie
Smoothies have the potential to pack loads of health benefits into one cup. It doesn’t hurt that they’re cool and delicious, too!
This smoothie is packed with nutrition for optimal gut health first thing in the morning.
Blend together yogurt, orange juice, ACV, ginger, and a banana.
You can add ice, or use frozen bananas instead for a creamier smoothie.
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