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Lime and Pistachio Cake Recipe

Best pistachio recipes

Published: August 19, 2020 at 10:00 am

Use these sweet, earthy little nuts in our recipes, from pasta sauces and salads to loaf cake and ice cream

Looking for pistachio recipes? Want the best pistachio cake, or pistachio ice cream? Check out our sweet and savoury recipes below and then take a look at our easy cake recipes and summer salad ideas.


Sweet pistachio recipes

Pistachio cake

The earthy flavour and distinctive colour of pistachios are shown off in this easy loaf cake, which also benefits from the vibrancy of fresh lime. It keeps really well, too, if you can resist eating it all in one sitting.

Lime and Pistachio Cake Recipe

Pistachio ice cream

Pistachios are joined by fruity pineapple in this ice cream, which only calls for five ingredients. It's full of sweet and nutty flavours and can be made with or without an ice cream maker.

pistachio and pineapple ice cream


Homemade cannoli are dunked in chopped pistachios and sprinkled with icing sugar to make this classic Italian treat.

A large plate of cannoli on a grey background with a shot of espresso and a small bowl of chopped pistachios

Pistachio and apricot sticky buns

Chopped pistachios are rolled up inside these clever swirl buns with homemade apricot purée. They're perfect for a breakfast treat, or with a cup of tea.

Sticky Buns Recipe with Apricot and Pistachio

Pistachio cake with strawberry icing

This is a summery pistachio cake that also makes the most of in-season strawberries. The sweet nuts are blitzed until fine and incorporated into the sponge to infuse it with their flavour.

Strawberry Cake Recipe with Pistachio

Cranberry and pistachio cookies

It's a decadent homemade pistachio buttercream that's sandwiched between these cranberry-studded cookies. A great way to use dried fruit and nuts.

Festive cranberry cookies sandwiched with pistachio filling

Toasted pistachios are combined with honey and vanilla before being drizzled over griddled fruit in this easy, summery dessert. Garnish with mint leaves and you’ve just created a colourful medley of luscious flavours.

griddles nectarines with frozen yogurt and pistachio

Pistachio and rosewater meringues

This pistachio meringue recipe comes from Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi and tells you, step-by-step how to create their sought-after feathery meringues. Each is dipped in pistachios to add extra crunch and flavour.

Pistachio and Rosewater Meringues Recipe

Bakewell Tart with Cherries and Pistachio galette cut up into triangles and served on round white plates on a rustic white table

Chocolate Cake Recipe with Pistachio

Milk chocolate and pistachio truffles

Get pistachios involved in your carrot cake to really ramp it up. Their nutty flavour and crunchy texture really make this bake stand out – as does the marshmallow topping.

Carrot and Pistachio Cake with Marshmallow Icing

Savoury pistachio recipes

Lime and pistachio salmon with salsa greens

A zingy lime and toasted pistachio salsa really takes this salmon dish to the next level. Don't forget the Greek yogurt on top!

Lime Salmon Recipe With Salsa Greens

Fig, goat’s cheese and pistachio salad

Here, figs are stuffed with pistachios, cheese and shallots and served with salad and an extra sprinkling of those nuts. A quick but elegant dish that would make a great dinner party starter.

Sea bass ceviche with blood orange, aleppo pepper and pistachio

Pistachios are the ideal finishing touch to this fresh and zingy ceviche, adding texture and also a subtle earthy flavour.

Sea bass ceviche with blood orange, aleppo pepper and pistachio

Salsa di pistacchi (pasta with pistachio sauce)

Enjoy a taste of Sicily with this divine pasta dish. The pistachios are toasted to enhance their flavour then combined with the shallots and parmesan to make the sauce. Ready in 20 minutes, it's an easy meal that still feels like a treat.


Courgetti salad with pistachio pesto

Here, courgette, peas and artichoke are dressed in a homemade pistachio pesto and finished off with more of the chopped nuts to make for a dish with vibrant green colour.

Green barley with pistachios, kale and mint

This hearty salad is vegetarian and easy to make but packed full of different flavours and textures. The chopped pistachios give it great bite, while also lending their sweetness to balance with the subtly bitter kale.

Green Barley With Kale, Pistachios And Mint Recipe

Moroccan meatloaf with pistachios

This Moroccan-inspired meatloaf makes use of lots of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean ingredients, such as pistachios, olives and apricots. It's a great recipe to freeze, either whole or in individual portions.

Moroccan meatloaf

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