How to Cook with Kombucha


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Kombucha tea is gaining popularity as a delicious and healthy probiotic beverage. Kombucha enthusiasts say the fizzy drink aids in digestion, builds immunity and boosts energy levels.

Many people don’t know that kombucha is an excellent ingredient to cook with as well. Although boiling or freezing the beverage will kill off its probiotics, kombucha can be used in fresh sauces and vinaigrettes.

“It will add depth and flavor to your dish and make people say, ‘What is that I taste in there?'” says Daina Slekys, the founder of the LA-based Health-Ade Kombucha. “If you’re a beginner to cooking with kombucha, a really easy way to incorporate it into your recipes is as a substitute for apple cider vinegar.”

Slekys concocted a salad dressing using her Health-Ade kombucha drink and shared it with us. It’s ridiculously easy to make, tangy and refreshing.

Daina Slekys, CEO, Nutritionist, and Director of Operations for Health-Ade Kombucha.

Daina Slekys, CEO, Nutritionist, and Director of Operations for Health-Ade Kombucha.

Health-Ade Kombucha Vinaigrette

1 Tbsp kombucha
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
1 tsp pepper
salt to taste
3 Tbsp olive oil

In a small mixing bowl, add the kombucha, dijon mustard, salt and pepper.
While mixing, slowly drizzle in olive oil until desired consistency.
Enjoy as a healthy marinade, salad dressing or as a light sauce.

  • CJ Lotz

    I didn’t know all of that! I think you’re right, though. The addition of sugar could be awesome and delicious! I’ll check out those recipes.

  • Jeff

    One of the nice things I have noticed about brewing and cooking with Kombucha is the ability to modify the taste of the Kombucha by varying the ingredients.

    A nice example is when I use versus . The final product tastes a lot different and can be used in different recipes, or even together to really add depth to any dish.

    Another example is changing the type of sugars that you add to the brew. Even though the sugar is really just food for the Kombucha, the output still tastes different if you are using different types of fuel :)