16 sweet and savory ways to use pistachios

Although almonds and walnuts get their fair share of admiration, the bright and funky pistachio is arguably the most versatile nut in your pantry. Great as a snack, these nuts can also coat meat and poultry, dress up a simple sandwich, and elevate any dessert. Best of all, their vibrant green hue transforms the simplest treat into a stunning dessert. So stock up, shell, and give pistachios the praise they deserve with these sweet and savory recipes. —Taylor Schwartz

1. Knafeh cookies with strawberries and pistachios

Pistachios don’t look so good when used whole. It’s when you expose that saturated green interior that things really kick off, because in these no-bake cookies (with rose petals and melted white chocolate) they’re simply gorgeous.

2. Smoked eggplant with whipped ricotta and pistachios

Summer begins with this entry. Eggplant, which is in season all summer, is halved and grilled until charred on the outside and totally tender in the middle. It is then served on a bed of whipped ricotta and sprinkled with pistachios.

3. No-Bake Mini Pistachio Cheesecakes

When you can’t bear the thought of turning on your oven and making your apartment warmer than it already is (sorry, I’m talking about myself), there are these simple cheesecakes that are made in muffin tins.

4. Nectarine and pistachio crumble

You asked for a fruit crumble and we made it big: with a pistachio streusel sprinkled liberally over the stone fruit filling.

5. Pistachio cookies (Pastine di Pistacchi)

These traditional Sicilian cookies only need seven ingredients, but each one is just as important as the next – the pistachios provide color and body, the sugar and honey work in tandem to make them sweet, and the zest of oranges and lemons provide the necessary luminosity.

6. Robot Pistachio Cake with Raspberry Cream

A moist, moist cake that isn’t made in a stand mixer? You better believe it. There’s a lot of pistachio paste in this recipe, which not only gives the cake its earthy green hue, but also brings a nutty flavor to every bite.

7. Lacy Honey-Pistachio Florentines (aka Nutty Nudes)

Florentine cookies are notoriously intimidating and fragile in nature, but Rick Martinez offers a compelling argument for why you should make them anyway: they require basic pantry ingredients, can be made in one bowl, and are delicious when prepared with any type of chocolate.

8. Mint-pistachio pesto

Our readers voted this favorite mint recipe, but we also think it’s one of the best pistachio recipes. This pesto is slightly larger than classic basil pesto, but we love the texture (especially when rolled in pasta or smeared on crostini).

9. Asparagus Pasta with Pistachio Aillade

We welcome spring with open arms and this green-as-maybe pasta dish. In addition to pistachios, tarragon, parsley, asparagus and spring onions combine for a tangy recipe.

ten. Chocolate Dipped Pistachio Shortbread

I can’t think of any cookie that doesn’t benefit from being dipped in chocolate. We love the look of the vibrant green pistachios against the dark chocolate buttery shortbread cookie.

11. Pistachio cake with lemon, cardamom and rose water

Equal parts ground pistachios and almond flour form the base of this absolutely lovely lemon rose cake that tastes like a sunny spring day at 60 degrees.

12. Fried feta with pistachios and hot honey

In a format similar to halloumi or your favorite cheese ball, a block of feta cheese is topped with dried herbs, pistachios, warm honey and lemon juice. Serve with plenty of pita or crostini because everyonewill want to try it.

13. Pistachio cream puffs

Confession: I have never cooked cream puffs before. It’s not that they don’t appeal to me, I swear. It’s just that they’re a little finicky and less convenient than a batch of cookies or even cupcakes. But let Erin Jeanne McDowell convince me otherwise.

14. Jeweled Butter Cookies

More chocolate covered cookies for the win – this time inspired by your favorite fruitcake!

15. Blondies with olive oil and salted butter caramel

You certainly don’t need add chopped nuts like pistachios to those rich blondes…but you should still.