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How To Peel a Pomegranate Like a Pro (Mess-free!), and The Best Pomegranate Guacamole

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I remember the first time I tried to cut a pomegranate for Pomegranate Guacamole. Let’s just say, it didn’t go so well. I was at my sister’s house. I pulled out the cutting board and ignorantly sliced into it like I was cutting an orange. Oops! Ruby red juice splattered everywhere, and the cutting board was permanently stained bright pink. Luckily, there is a simple, mess-free way to peel a pomegranate! Don’t make the same mistake I did! Use this 3 step method to peel a pomegranate like a pro, and then make this incredible Pomegranate Guacamole. 

How To Peel a Pomegranate (Mess-free!)

In 3 easy steps, peel a pomegranate like a pro! If you want to follow along as a demonstrate how to peel a pomegranate and how to make Pomegranate Guacamole, watch this video!

STEP 1: Score The Pomegranate 

Quarter the pomegranate by carefully scoring the peel with a knife all the way around in both directions, being careful not to cut all the way through into the seeds. Twist it apart to break it into quarters.

STEP 2: Separate The Seeds In Water

Fill a bowl with water. Submerge the pomegranate quarters into the water and separate the seeds from the white pulp and skin. The pulp will float, the seeds will sink.

STEP 3: Skim and Drain

Skim the floating white pulp off the top of the water. Drain seeds in a colander.

Now what do you do with those sweet little seeds? You make Pomegranate Guacamole, of course.

The Best Pomegranate Guacamole

Pomegranates… in guacamole?? Don’t knock it until you try! This fun twist on traditional guacamole is the perfect potluck dish. I bring it to every gathering I attend during the holiday season in November and December. It looks very festive and unexpected. The pomegranate seeds lend a pop of juicy, tart, and sweet flavor. After trying it, everyone always asks for the recipe. You might want to double the recipe because this Pomegranate Guacamole is going to be a hit.

Related:  Everyday Granola

Pomegranate Guacamole

Pomegranate Guacamole
Yield: Makes about 2 cups
Author: Kayli Anderson MS RDN
Prep time: 10 Min Total time: 10 Min


  • 1 pomegranate
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)


  1. Score the outside of the pomegranate with two perpendicular cuts around the circumference.
  2. Submerge the pomegranate in a bowl of water, and twist open into 4 segments.
  3. Carefully separate the seeds from the skin. (Want to see how to do this with no mess? Watch here!) Drain the water and pulp, and place pomegranate seeds in a clean bowl and set aside.
  4. Slice open avocado, scoop out the flesh, transfer to a bowl, and mash well with a fork.
  5. Roughly chop cilantro.
  6. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and gently fold.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve with tortilla chips or pita chips.

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These Pumpkin Muffins and Easy Tofu Scramble both make excellent brunch dishes for a crowd. And speaking of holidays, check out my 5 proven strategies to handle holiday stress!


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