When we think of pistachios, we think of snacking. (Well, snacking and the aching fingers we end up with after trying to pry those suckers open in fits of desperation.) But they add a little something special to eats and sweets (if you’ve ever been treated to pistachio ice cream, you can attest to this). Desserts are a great way to start, but the nuts (they’re members of the cashew family!) kick things up several notches in savory dishes too. From gnocchi to bundt cake, we’ve got 20 pistachio-filled recipes that will leave you in awe.


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1. Balsamic and Brussels Rice Bake: This GF rice bake is so cozy, it’s comparable to risotto. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, sautéed veggies are added to the mix and topped with crunchy toasted pistachios. (via Natural Comfort Kitchen)

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2. Pork Chops With Pistachio Salmuera: A lot of popular pork recipes smother chops with a rustic fall-inspired apple topping. That’s delicious and all, but if you want to up your game, this stunning recipe brings a garlicky and herbaceous pistachio salmuera to the mix. (via Jo Cooks)

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3. Pistachio Crusted Salmon: We’re pretty convinced that if you don’t like salmon, it’s because you haven’t had it done right. This tender and flaky fillet gives us all the more reason to love the fish with it’s mouth-watering pistachio crust. (via Sweet and Savory Pursuits)

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4. Roasted Beets and Carrots With Easy Garlic Dill Cashew Sauce and Pistachios: Roasted root veggies are easy to love in their simplest forms. But jazzing them up guarantees an exciting dish, and when adorned with pistachios, it’s positively mind-blowing. (via Nyssa’s Kitchen)

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5. Sweet and Sticky Pistachio Honey Chicken: Wonderfully sticky and honey-glazed chicken isn’t anything new. However, when you throw pistachios into the mix, things get really impressive. (via The Endless Meal)

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6. Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Pistachio Flatbread: A wholesome and colorful spring-inspired flatbread? Yep, we’re in. The pairing of textures here is impossible to resist, so make extra. (via Two Peas and Their Pod)

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7. Pistachio Encrusted Scallops With Champagne Risotto and Roasted Asparagus: As much as we *love* fuss-free meals, it’s nice to put our chef hats on once in a while. Luckily, this restaurant-quality meal is simple enough to make in the comfort of your own kitchen. (via A Thought for Food)

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8. Pretty Beet Gnocchi With Pistachio Arugula Pesto: It’s amazing that such little effort can produce such a jaw-dropping dish, but here we are. This pillowy and pink gnocchi is as cheery as it gets, and it’s the perfect dish to ring in the spring! (via The Endless Meal)

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9. Black Rice Tabbouleh With Chickpeas, Feta, and Pistachios: If you love digging into a loaded salad that is jam-packed with flavors and varying textures, this recipe will knock your socks off. It makes for a great side, but you’ll probably want to eat an entire bowl as a meal. (via Taste Love and Nourish)

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10. Cranberry Pistachio Chicken Salad Sandwich: It’s common to add dried fruit and nuts to a green salad, so why should a chicken salad be any different? This recipe shakes things up in all the right ways. (via Lovely Little Kitchen)


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11. Green Leaf Matcha Pistachio Ice Lollies: Thanks to the matcha, these dazzling ice pops multi-task by boosting your health while cooling you down. And hey, a little choco drizzle with pistachios never hurt anyone. (via Goodness Is Gorgeous)

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12. Pumpkin Bundt Cake: This lavish bundt cake is what confectionery dreams are made of. (via Eat Little Bird)

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13. Pistachio Ice Cream Sandwiches With Thin Mint Cookies: Nope, these beauties aren’t macarons, but they’re just as pretty. We’ll take these mini pistachio-packed ice cream cookies any day of the week — or every day of the week. (via Meg Is Well)

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14. DIY Homemade Pistachio and Pretzel Chocolate Barks: We should all be spending more time making chocolate bark. The process is a breeze, and the reward is a combination of salty, sweet, and crunchy that just *can’t* be denied. (via Spices ‘N Flavors)

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15. Valentine’s Persian Love Cake: Okay, so Valentine’s Day has passed, but they say we should treat our significant others like everyday is Valentine’s Day. So go ahead, bake this frilly and appetizing cake this weekend. (via Domestic Gothess)


16. Chocolate Orange Cake With Pistachio Mascarpone Filling and Chocolate Ganache:Be still, heart. This cake is an absolute showstopper, and the proof that it tastes just as good as it looks is clear in the name. (via Wyldflour)

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17. Syrian Rice Pudding: If you’ve never tried a good thick and creamy rice pudding, you are seriously missing out. This lovely recipe brings it to a whole new level with the addition of rose water (OMG) and crumbled pistachios. (via Cook’s Hideout)

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18. Dark Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites: These little no-bake gems are playful in appearance and serious on flavor. Whether you’re looking for a new and quick energy snack or an on-the-go breakfast, they’ll put a pep in your step. (via Climbing Grier Mountain)

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19. Chocolate Tart With Cardamom, Apricots and Rose Petals: We can hardly handle how perfect and drool-worthy this Middle Eastern-inspired tart is. It’s laced with fruity and floral notes, and topped with pistachios for extra nom-factor. (via Easy Peasy Foodie)

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20. Flaxseed and Pistachio Shortbread Cookies With White Chocolate Pomegranate Ganache: Shortbread cookies are a classic that really don’t need to be messed with… or so we thought. We’ll make an exception for these chocolate dipped biscuits of delight. (via Lyndsey Eden)

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