12 Pistachio Recipes You Need To Try For National Pistachio Day, Because This Nut Is Worth Celebrating

If you're looking for something delicious to snack on, or something different to add to a recipe, you should go for nuts — and more specifically, delicious pistachios. Yes, I know, cue all the "that's what she said!" jokes. Nuts is a funny word, I get it. It's fine, we're all allowed to be a little immature sometimes when it comes to sexual innuendos.

But seriously, if you're looking to add more nuts into your diet, today is the day to do it. February 26 is National Pistachio Day, and there was never a better time to eat some delicious pistachio nuts. Pistachios are the best because they're so versatile. You can snack on them on their own, you can bake or roast them in a recipe, you can add them to a salad, or put them on ice cream for a nice little crunch. You can basically do whatever you want with them!

These 12 recipes are here to inspire you to start eating more pistachios on this special pistachio holiday. Slightly pricey? Yes, but this salty treat is totally worth it... just let these recipes prove that to you.

Pistachio, Salted Caramel, and Oreo Dark Chocolate Bark

This combination of flavors sounds crazy, but crazy in a good way? Yeah, I think it’s crazy in a good way.

Recipe and Photo: Averie Cooks

Baked Breakfast Quinoa with Plums and Pistachios

The great thing about pistachios is that they can be eaten during any meal at any time of the day, including breakfast. Add these into your oatmeal or quinoa for a nice treat… better yet, make this exact recipe, because it looks amazing.

Recipe and Photo: How Sweet It Is

Cranberry Pistachio Dark Chocolate Biscotti

Pistachios were basically made for biscotti. The salty taste of a pistachio mixed with the bitterness of dark chocolate and the crunchy biscotti is a delicious combination that can’t be met.

Recipe and Photo: Cookie Monster Cooking

Fig and Arugula Salad with Pistachio Pesto

The crisp bitter taste of arugula mixed with sweet figs and salty pistachios makes for a salad that is so good, it may not even taste like a salad.

Recipe and Photo: Love and Lemons

Pistachio Madeleines

Once you have the correct pan, madeleine cookies are easy to make, and they always come out looking classy and chic and impressive. Add pistachios into the mix, and you’ve got a deliciously nutty, light cookie.

Recipe and Photo: Hummingbird High

Pistachio Goji Berry Granola

You could buy granola from the store, or you could make it yourself. And if you have a recipe like this one, I suggest you make it on your own. Healthy, filling, and really good… what more could you want?

Recipe and Photo: Love and Lemons

Salted Chocolate, Raspberry, and Pistachio Pots De Creme

OK, could these desserts be any nicer to look at? If you were looking for some good food pictures to Instagram, go for this recipe. It should also help that this sounds delicious and decadent.

Recipe and Photo: Hummingbird High

Beet, Peach, and Burrata Salad with Basil Oil and Candied Pistachios

Sometimes you just need to pair pistachios with some fruit and cheese… and some fancy basil oil. It’s the perfect appetizer or snack!

Recipe and Photo: Blogging Over Thyme

Crisp Skillet Sea Bass with Pistachio Butter

Looking for a recipe that will impress the hell out of someone? Try this. Sea bass with a pistachio butter… it doesn’t get much better than that.

Recipe and Photo: How Sweet It Is

Dairy-Free Pistachio Ice Cream

Can’t eat milk products? No problem! This ice cream recipe looks delicious and is dairy-free.

Recipe and Photo: Good Life Eats

Baked Goat Cheese with Pistachios and Cranberries

Make a cheese appetizer a little bit more interesting and unique by adding pistachio nuts. This sweet and salty mix goes perfectly with a really good cracker.

Recipe and Photo: Cookie Monster Cooking

Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies with Black Currant Jam

The best thing about thumbprint cookies is the jam in the middle, but in this case, it might be the pistachio flavor. These are wonderfully simple and awesome.

Recipe and Photo: Blogging Over Thyme