20 Recipes That Prove Apple Cider Vinegar Belongs in Every Kitchen

20 Recipes That Prove Apple Cider Vinegar Belongs in Every Kitchen

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Yes, you've had apple cider vinegar (or ACV, if you prefer) in your cabinet for years, but it's currently having a moment. Whether you're drinking it straight or getting ready to pickle everything in sight this summer, apple cider vinegar is truly a pantry staple.

If your bottle has sat unused and unloved for too long, you probably just need some new ways to use it. You're in luck! These 15 recipes rely on ACV to varying degrees, but they all wouldn't be the same without it. Now the only question you have to answer is filtered or unfiltered?

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1. Fire Cider

When you first read through the recipe for fire cider, you'll probably find it a bit overwhelming and intimidating. It includes horseradish, garlic, and onion along with ginger, rosemary, and honey all in an apple cider vinegar base. But once you give this infusion a try (especially if you feel a spring cold coming on), we bet you'll be a believer in its soothing punch.

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2. Beet-Pickled Deviled Eggs

You'll add the apple cider vinegar to the beet brine to make these brilliantly colored deviled eggs. If you haven't tried this appetizer upgrade, you're missing out.

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3. Apple Cabbage Salad with Cider Vinaigrette

Our favorite way to serve this fresh, cabbage-laden salad is alongside a bowl of hearty chili. The cider vinegar in the dressing helps cut through the rich flavors of the meat. If you put away your chili pot for the season, serve this alongside barbecue instead.

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4. Chickpea Waldorf Salad

How do you turn Waldorf salad into a full meal? By adding chickpeas, of course. The dressing has also taken a lighter turn in this recipe, swapping the mayo for plain yogurt and apple cider vinegar.

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5. Ginger Switchel

Like shrubs, this drinking vinegar has a long history. The most traditional version has apple cider vinegar, ginger, and a sweetener. We tested all kinds of sweeteners to see which worked best; in the end, it's up to you what kind of flavor profile you want.

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6. Sardine Snacking Toasts

The apple cider vinegar comes into play in this recipe in the form of pickled red onions, which sit atop the sardine spread. For anyone who's a fan of sardines, you'll love this combo.

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7. Creamy Vegan Queso Dip

Just like nutritional yeast, you'll find plenty of apple cider vinegar in vegan cheese recipes to bring that sharp edge that's similar to cheddar. This vegan queso is no exception.

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8. Quinoa & Black Bean Salad with Orange-Coriander Dressing

Apple cider vinegar is a no-brainer when it comes to making dressings for grain or green salads — especially when there are other fruits involved. It's a great base for other flavors, and has enough sweetness from the apples to not overpower more subtle notes the way white vinegar would.

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9. After-Dinner Turmeric Spritzer

Turmeric is one of the hottest ingredients at the moment. When you combine it with apple cider vinegar in this saturated drink, you're bound to feel colorful yourself. Of course, this will also help settle a too-full belly after a rich dinner.

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10. Sweet & Spicy Braised Cabbage

If you want to prepare cabbage, but don't want to do a slaw, try this pressure-cooker braised cabbage instead. With plenty of spice from cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes, you'll see the veggie in a whole new light.

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11. Slow-Cooked Cider Beans

It's not quite barbecue season where we live yet, but we'll be saving this cider beans recipe to go with all our summer cookouts. The key is using both apple cider vinegar and apple cider for a perfectly balanced sweet-and-sour flavor.

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12. Collard Green Slaw

Slaw isn't just for cabbage; you can use any number of greens in its place. This version, which has collards as a base, gets extra color from purple cabbage, carrots, and pomegranate seeds, and, of course, a dose of apple cider vinegar in the dressing.

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13. Grilled Cheese with Tomato Chutney

There are so many types of chutneys out there, but we're partial to those made with savory tomato and tangy vinegar. It can be easily adapted with different spices depending on your preferences, and goes on everything from grilled cheese to crackers on a charcuterie plate.

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14. Curried Tofu Salad

In this vegan curried salad, the cider vinegar is used to plump up the raisins and then gets added into the mix to give the dressing some bite.

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15. Collards and Kimchi

This collards and kimchi dish proves that some mash-ups were meant to be. The apple cider vinegar here is used to deglaze the pan that the bacon (did we mention there's bacon?) and collards are cooked in.

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16. How to Make Easy Refrigerator Pickles

Making your own pickles couldn't be easier if you follow this quick guide. Don't hesitate to experiment with other vegetables beyond cucumbers, like zucchini, carrots, and radishes.

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17. Fast and Fancy Pork and Beans

Classic pork and beans can be made in just 30 minutes flat if you lean on canned beans to get the job done alongside flavorful ingredients like apple cider vinegar, molasses, and Worcestershire sauce.

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18. The Easiest Tangy Cucumber Salad

The title of this recipe says it all. This is one of those salads you're sure to turn to time and time again whenever you need a simple side dish or satisfying potluck addition.

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19. Chunky Pork and Apple Stew

Both apple cider vinegar and hard apple cider are incorporated into this recipe to ensure it's full of rich and tangy apple flavor.

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20. How to Make the Best Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker

This extra tender, juicy pork has so much potential once the slow cooker has done all the work. You can't go wrong with making tacos, adding it on salads, or simple piling it on a bun.

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