Pistachio, Date and Smoked Salmon Appetizer Plate


Pistachio, Medjool Date and Smoked Salmon Plate

As an integrative dietitian and empowerment coach with 20+ years of experience, my main goal is to help women age well, feel confident in their bodies, and create the healthy lifestyle they desire and deserve.
danielle omar

pistachio pairing

Disclosure: By posting this pairing I am entering a contest sponsored by Pistachio Health Institute and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Ever wonder what goes well with in-shell pistachios? I have, and I know the answer. I’ve been in the kitchen playing with pistachios! Why? Because the folks over at the Pistachio Health Institute challenged us Recipe ReDux bloggers to come up with a creative pairing using in-shell pistachios.

So…what is the perfect pairing for in-shell pistachios?

Dates: Have you tried dates stuffed with pistachios? So simple, yet so addictive. And delicious. Seriously, I had to stop myself from eating all of these dates before I could take the pictures. I absolutely love Medjool dates with pistachios — and you will, too!

Smoked salmon: I really wanted to combine salmon with the pistachios, especially after making my pistachio cream last week. I never realized how well the two flavors work together. I decided to roll the salmon in mozzarella balls to make it a really satisfying bite, and then I sprinkled chopped pistachios over the top for a salty crunch.

smoke salmon and pistachios

If you haven’t discovered in-shell pistachios, you should! They are a staple in my house. Norah loves to snack on them (keeps her hands busy) and you can always find them in the pantry. I like the huge bang for my calorie buck when it comes to snacking on these little guys. A typical one-ounce serving is 49 nuts! That’s a hefty little snack. They’re great for feeding husbands, too. That nifty little shell makes it a bit more work for him to eat the entire bag in one sitting. This concept was actually tested in a study. People who ate in-shell pistachios consumed 41% fewer calories than those who ate pistachios without shells. So yes, it’s probably wise to keep those empty shells in full view as a visual reminder of how much you actually ate.

pistachio and salmon pairing

Besides the snacking factor, I also love that pistachios are easy to cook with. You can add them to sauces, homemade snacks, and throw them in salads.

pistachio stuffed dates

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