Apple cider vinegar is an interesting and less frequently used alternative to white, balsamic, or red wine vinegar, with all of the healthy benefits of fermentation.
Vinegar has also been proven to aid in reducing appetite, as well as incidence of diabetes and high blood pressure. Have a bottle of apple cider vinegar and aren’t quite sure what to do with it? Check out the following five recipes…
1. Apple Cider Vinaigrette
If you normally top your salads with balsamic vinegar, try mixing it up with an apple cider vinaigrette. An ACV-based dressing is a great alternative to higher-calorie creamy dressings, too.
This recipe for apple cider vinaigrette combines apple cider vinegar, fresh minced garlic, agave nectar, and olive oil to create a fresh and tangy salad dressing to combine with a carrot and apple salad, but you could use it on just about any salad that could do with a little zing. Feel free to experiment and add any additional spices and herbs that spark your fancy!
2. ACV Marinade
There are just about as many marinades out there as there are recipes for meat. Instead of using a wine-based marinade (or one that utilizes another type of vinegar), try one that uses ACV to tenderize and flavor your pork, chicken, or whatever else you’re cooking up.
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Combine apple cider vinegar with Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, garlic, salt, and a splash of hot sauce, allow your meat to marinate for a few hours or overnight, and cook as usual!
Check out this recipe for more details, or feel free to simply sub in apple cider vinegar to your own marinate recipe.
3. Apple Cider Braised Chicken
Looking for a more tender alternative to grilled chicken that’s still super healthy? Check out this recipe for apple cider vinegar-braised chicken thighs.
The vinegar permeates the chicken and makes it fall right off the bone, bursting with flavor. Although the recipe calls for some butter, feel free to sub a healthier fat like olive oil, and add additional veggies, too.