Popping Pineapple Vinegar Recipes

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Last updated: February 13, 2023

Pineapple Vinegar sounds like a contradiction, but if you love anything sweet and sour then we have 13 fantastic pineapple vinegar recipes for you.

Keep reading to the end for our recipe list, and our top tips on why pineapple vinegar is so great for your body and the environment.

Is Pineapple Vinegar Good For You?

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Fermenting fruit is a fantastic way to reduce food waste and save you money by making the most of your fresh groceries.

Pineapple Vinegar also has some great health benefits.

It’s high in antioxidants, which some studies have shown do a great job of protecting your liver.

Vinegar drinks are also quickly becoming new Kombucha because they can really help your gut.

Pineapple vinegar is usually made with apple cider vinegar, which is amazing for your digestion, acid reflux, and is super high in vitamin c.

If you’re going to make your own homemade pineapple vinegar, here’s a quick tip. It’s worth investing in some really nice fermentation kits and jars.

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This is because they need to be made from fermentation-grade glass to stop any accidental explosions (there’s a lot of gas that builds up in there!).

However if making your own pineapple vinegar sounds like too much effort, you can buy a store-made vinegar that you can simply add to your meal.

So to get you inspired to make your own tropical creation, here are our top pineapple vinegar recipes.

Pineapple Vinegar Recipes: Our 13 Top Picks

13. Homemade Pineapple Vinegar

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You have to know how to make homemade pineapple vinegar to really make the most of this awesome condiment.

It’s what your abuelita would do! This recipe for pineapple vinegar really hits the spot.

This recipe does take a bit of time and effort, as it does take a few weeks for the pineapple to ferment properly.

But if you make a large batch it will last a long time, like most vinegars it has a long shelf life.

It’s important that you use sterile jars and lids to ferment the vinegar, as you want to attract good bacteria, not bad ones.

Another quick tip is to keep your vinegar in a cool, dark spot as it’s fermenting so it is not affected by light or heat.

The sweet smell of the pineapple can attract bugs as well, so be sure to keep it in a safe place, and clean your bench tops and surfaces thoroughly after your prep.

12. Baked Sweet and Sour Spareribs With Pineapple

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There is nothing like a juicy tender porkrib!

The acids from the pineapple and the vinegar helps to tenderize the meat and lift the flavor.

Most of the ingredients for the sauce you can find in your kitchen cupboards, the only special items being the ribs themselves and the pineapple.

Therefore this a great recipe to make to watch the big game, or even as an easy weeknight dinner.

Serve this up with some coleslaw or roasted potatoes for a complete meal.

11. Easy Pineapple Vinegar Salad Dressing

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Transform your boring salad into a summery tropical dish with this sweet and bitey vinaigrette.

Super easy to make, and you can add any extra pineapple straight into your salad so that nothing goes to waste.

This is an easy twist if you are sick of making the same old french or dijon mustard dressing. It works best with a crispy vegetables, like Cos lettuce and cherry tomatoes.

Also if you have some fats in your salad like avocado or fetta cheese, the sharpness of the dressing helps to balance the flavors.

In addition to this, it’s very light and healthy compared to a heavy ranch or mayonnaise-style sauce.

10. Pineapple Vinegar Morning Cocktail

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Start the party early with a (non-alcohol) pineapple vinegar cocktail.

This blended drink is super light and refreshing for summer (as well as being super healthy for you!).

As we all become more health conscious, non-alcoholic cocktails like this one have become more popular.

You don’t need special shakers or equipment to make this drink at home either.

Adding alcohol is of course, optional. But if you want to transform it from a healthy smoothie into a party cocktail you can easily mix in a little gin or club soda.

9. Sweet and Sour Chicken

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A classic Chinese dish that makes the best of that sweet tangy taste that pineapple vinegar brings to any meat.

There is a reason that you can find this dish at many Chinese takeaway places around the world.

It’s because when it is made well, there should be a delicious balance between the sweetness of the sauce, the sour from the pineapple, and the bitterness of the onions and peppers.

Making this dish requires a great wok, and cooking in a few stages, which is common in many Chinese recipes.

But once you give it a try you will find that it’s actually very simple to put together. You many never order takeaway again!

8. Pineapple Marinade

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This fruity marinade packs a punch.

You’ve found a pineapple vinegar recipe will transform that dry, boring chicken breast or pork into a burst of Tropicana in your mouth.

It’s a marinade that’s great for roasting meat, as well as on the grill, bbq or even for a stir fry.

And as it has pineapple in it, which has an enzyme that softens meat proteins, you don’t need to marinate your meat overnight.

A hour or two may be enough to do the trick.

Therefore that’s great news if you want to whip up a batch before an impromptu bbq with friends.

7. Bombshell Spell Pineapple Vinegar Drink

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Here we have a recipe for a tasty pineapple vinegar drink to help boost your metabolism and lose that fat!

Health drinks made with Apple Cider Vinegar are becoming popular for helping long-term weight loss.

This pineapple version also tastes a lot better than some of the variations you see out there.

Also pineapple may help reduce bloating, so there is a double benefit to drinking this juice regularly.

It’s recommended to drink this cold in the morning to give your metabolism a bump of energy for the day ahead.

6.Seared Scallops with Pineapple, Ginger & Lemongrass Salsa

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If you’re looking to impress the guests at your next dinner party, break out the pineapple vinegar and create this incredible seafood dish.

Fresh scallops are always amazing, but they are really the base for showing off this awesome salsa.

You can serve the scallops by themselves, or add some rice and side vegetables to turn this entree into a healthy meal.

In addition to this, this salsa also works well with prawns instead od scallops.

5. Classic Tepache: Mexican Pineapple Vinegar Drink

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Tepache pineapple drink

Pineapple Vinegar drinks aren’t just something that hipsters made up.

Pineapple vinegar or Tepache has been a staple drink in Mexico for generations, so if you’re looking for a more traditional recipe then this is the one you need.

Similar to Kombucha, this drink is made by fermenting the pineapple in sugar and water to create a fizzy drink that’s packed with probiotics.

The fermentation process takes between 1-5 days depending on how fizzy and sour you want the final drink to be.

If you want to keep your Tepache nice and bubbly for longer, after 3 days of fermenting you can pour the drinks into smaller airtight bottles to make single portions to drink any time.

You can also experiment with different types of sugar from cane sugar to Piloncilo (a traditional Mexican sugar) to develop the taste.

4. Pineapple Chicken Adobo

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Chicken Adobo is one of the national dishes of the Philippines.

Everyone has their own recipe and this one adds a little twist by adding in pineapple (vinegar is already a standard ingredient).

The fruit adds that extra dimension of sweetness on top of the salty soy sauce.

This dish is very simple and filling. Also you can use many different types of chicken cuts, drumsticks, thighs and breast pieces are most popular.

Serve with rice or some stir-fried vegetables if you want a lighter option.

3. Pineapple Habanero Pepper Jelly

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If condiments are your thing, try this gorgeous jelly.

Like a fruit paste you can eat it on crackers with cheese, or spread it on bread for sandwiches. Sweet and spicy, this jelly goes well with creamy, fatty ingredients like cream cheese or brie.

Put it in a beautiful jar like you see in the image and it makes for a great gift.

However if you prefer to use your sauces to cook with there are plenty of other ways to use it.

For example it makes for a great glaze for roasting meat like pork or salmon, and you can turn it into a salad dressing.

2. Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs

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A super simple recipe for a quick weeknight dinner with that amazing pineapple vinegar you whipped up a few days ago.

Meatballs are always a crowd pleaser, and they are so versatile as they can take on different types of sauces and flavors.

As this recipe is designed for a slow cooker, it’s a good make ahead meal for the week.

It even uses frozen meatballs to save you some time, but you could make them fresh if you prefer.

This dish works best with rice as a main, but you could also put it in wraps or bread rolls like a Hawaiian flavored sub sandwich.

1. Grilled Chicken Spinach Salad with Spicy Pineapple dressing

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This is a lovely fresh summery salad with a sweet tropical vibe.

It’s a very simple recipe that you can have a weeknight meal, a take to work lunch or make a big batch for an outdoor BBQ.

Low in calories, this salad is very light, and the dressing does most of the work to lift the ingredients.

It’s a versatile vinegrette, so you can swap out to other seasonal vegetables throughout the year, like cucumber or grated carrot.

Final Thoughts

I hope this list gets you pumped up to make your own pineapple vinegar creation. This fruity vinegar is a powerful cleanser for your body but has enough sweetness to lift any dish or just drink by itself!

In the mood for more easy healthy recipes with a superfood? Read here to learn about the health benefits of wakame seaweed, and our list of amazing wakame seaweed recipes.

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