Pistachios are high in fiber and healthy fats and are a good source of nutrients. They have a delightful nutty flavor and a beautiful green hue and work well as a delicious snack as well as an ingredient in both sweet and savory meals.
You can ground pistachios to a buttery smoothness for flavorful desserts or pesto, use them whole or crushed in granola bars, or sprinkle them on top of dishes for some added crunch. Explore the wide culinary possibility of using pistachios by trying your hand at these pistachio recipes!
#1. California Fig and Pistachio Crisps
Crunchy and uber scrumptious, these crisps are a wonderful healthy snack option. Make the bread with healthy seeds, all-purpose flour, pistachios, golden raisins, California figs, and a few other ingredients, and bake until golden brown. After that, slice the loaf super thin, return the slices to the oven to get them extra crispy, and you’re done!
#2. Cranberry Pistachio Cheeseball
This cheeseball recipe includes savory white cheddar cheese, salty and nutty pistachio, tangy and tart cranberries, as well as hints of Dijon mustard and garlic powder. Pair this delicious side dish with sturdy crackers and watch it quickly fly off the dinner table — perfect for a holiday menu!
#3. Cranberry Pistachio Granola Bars
Here’s a go-to, quick, and easy granola bar that will make snacking a breeze! To make, pour a mixture made of melted butter, honey, sugar, and vanilla over the dry ingredients and mix well to combine. Then, pour it onto a prepared baking sheet and press out to a ¾-inch thickness, chill for 2 hours, and cut it into bars to enjoy.
#4. Creamy Broccoli Pistachio Soup
Not a fan of broccoli? Allow this creamy soup to change your mind! The pistachio adds the perfect amount of rich, silky smooth creaminess to the soup and thickens it up. It also adds color and nutrients, enhancing its texture, flavor profile, and aesthetic appeal. Season to taste and garnish with small broccoli florets, pistachios, and a swirl of creme fraiche to enjoy a warming lunch.
#5. Curried Pistachio Chicken Salad with Wonderful Pistachios
Transform your classic chicken salad into something entirely different. Add some curry powder, spices, and herbs to amp up its flavor, and toss in some pistachios for added crunch. Serve this wonderful dish, which is inspired by a Trader Joe’s favorite, as-is, with leafy greens on top, in a sandwich, or layered in a wrap.
#6. Delicious Beet Salad with Feta & Pistachios
This beet salad is a sight for sore eyes. The magnificent contrast of colors, textures, and flavors of beet, feta, and pistachios truly shine in this recipe, and when drizzled with a delightful citrus vinaigrette and garnished with cilantro, it makes something out of this world! Make it ahead of time to enjoy a delicious side or light lunch on busy weeknights.
#7. Flatbread Appetizers with Pistachios and Burrata
This recipe makes for a great snack and has a unique flavor combination that will appeal to everyone’s taste buds. Simply spread creamy burrata cheese on naan bread and bake it with prosciutto on top. After it comes out of the oven, sprinkle it with pistachios, and then cut into thin triangular slices. Sprinkle with a pinch of red pepper flakes to pack some heat.
#8. Homemade Sweet Pistachio Dip
This delicious dip is made with cream cheese, light brown sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla paste or extract, and pistachio paste to make the perfect appetizer. Top it with chopped roasted pistachio nuts and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. You can serve this creamy, sweet dip with apple slices, bread sticks, pretzel sticks, shortbread cookies, chocolate biscotti, or chocolate graham crackers to enjoy.
#9. Instant Pot Cranberry Pistachio Jasmine Rice
Transform simple, bland rice into a delectable meal by tossing in some salty pistachios, sweet and tart cranberries, and orange zest. Serve it as a side dish for fall and winter dinners, garnished with chopped chives or thinly sliced onions. This recipe takes only 15 minutes to come together, making cooking on busy weeknights a breeze.
#10. Kale Pesto Mushroom Pistachio Bowls
This recipe produces a dish that is warm, hearty, fresh, and vibrant. It calls for pureeing pistachios with kale, garlic, seasonings, and a few other ingredients in a blender, then adding it to bowls with cooked quinoa, browned and tender balsamic-spiced mushrooms, chickpeas, pistachios, and red pepper flakes. It’s a wonderful dish that’s bursting with flavors.
#11. Pistachio Baklava
Thirty layers of delicately crispy buttery phyllo are layered with pistachios and smothered in orange blossom water in this recipe to make an utterly wonderful sweet and flaky dessert. Sprinkle ground pistachios in the center of each slice, then set aside for at least 8 hours before serving to enjoy. This is how you wrap up dinner on a good note.
#12. Pistachio Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing
Light and fluffy cake with subtle flavors of pistachios and silky smooth cream cheese icing — this recipe yields a delicacy few can resist. And it’s ready in less than an hour! Once your friends try this decadent cake, your calendar will be filled with requests for birthdays!
#13. Pistachio Crusted Chicken
The flavorsome crunchy crust on this baked chicken dish is so good, it practically begs you to have seconds! To make, brush both sides of juicy chicken breasts with honey mustard, then press them into the pistachio mixture. Once it’s coated on all sides, bake until cooked through and serve garnished with cilantro to enjoy.
#14. Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb
This pistachio-crusted rack of lamb has the most wonderful combination of flavors and textures. It’s also pleasing to the eye, making it the perfect dish to serve on special occasions. Did we mention it takes only 40 minutes to prepare from start to finish? That is sure to seal the deal for you!
#15. Pistachio Fudge
This festive delicacy features vibrant colors and flavors, and it’s easy enough to make any time of year. All you need to do is whisk the dry pudding mix into the chocolate mixture, fold in the shelled pistachios, press the fudge onto a prepared pan, and refrigerate for 2 hours to set. You can then cut it neatly into pieces to serve.
#16. Pistachio Ice Cream
This pistachio ice cream is luxuriously smooth and has the right blend of sweet vanilla combined with the nuttiness from the pistachios. It’s made with egg yolks, heavy cream, evaporated milk, vanilla extract, almond extract, pistachios, sugar, and salt and can be kept in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. It’s the perfect dessert to have around!
#17. Pistachio Latte Oatmeal
Strong brewed coffee, your choice of milk, old-fashioned oats, maple syrup, and chia seeds — it’s the perfect recipe to create delicious pistachio oatmeal. Once it’s simmered, top it off with some yogurt and chopped pistachios to make the perfect breakfast dish for all to enjoy.
#18. Pistachio Shortbread Cookies
These pistachio shortbread cookies are a lovely dessert that will be a favorite at the dessert table, especially during potlucks. Make these melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies with unsalted butter, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, cornstarch, and whole pistachios, and then bake until they’re firm and crispy. You can also package these cookies in take-out style boxes for gifting.
#19. Pomegranate Pistachio Goat Cheese Crostini
This appetizer recipe is as easy on the eye as it is on the tongue. Make it by spreading toasted French bread slices with honey-flavored goat cheese, then top it with tart pomegranate arils and chopped salty pistachios. This recipe is adaptable, so feel free to change up the ingredients to suit your taste and diet preferences.
#20. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic, Pistachios, & Cranberries
This recipe is not only delicious but also aesthetically pleasing — even Brussels sprout-haters will fall in love with it! In it, Brussels sprouts are tossed with tangy balsamic, garlic, olive oil, and seasonings to caramelize them. The crisp-tender sprouts are then tossed with chewy cranberries and crunchy pistachios to create the most wonderful marriage of flavors.
#21. Roasted Spiced Carrots With Pistachios
This recipe combines a host of contrasting flavors that will appeal to a wide range of palates — warmth from spices, sweetness from carrots, and crunchiness from pistachios. To make, bake well-seasoned vegetables until soft, then move them to a serving platter. Sprinkle with pistachios, mint, and cilantro, and serve with lemon wedges for a burst of citrus flavor!
#22. Sicilian Ricotta and Pistachio Pasta
This pasta recipe is so good that you’ll find yourself making it every time you get a chance! To make, blend pistachios with olive oil and grated cheese to create a rough, pesto-like mixture, then blend it into the ricotta and stir in pasta water until you have a thick sauce to coat the pasta evenly. Serve hot to enjoy!