Strawberries with Pistachio Cream

This nourishing dessert pairs red strawberries with pale green, luscious pistachio cream. It's also delicious with almond, hazelnut, or macadamia nut cream; follow the same recipe, just use different nuts. You can also try fresh blueberries or a mixture of berries on top. Make sure to use raw (not roasted) pistachios for a greener, fresher-tasting cream.

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Serves: 4


  • 1 cup raw unsalted pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped pistachios
  • Optional for garnish:1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest


  1. Place the nuts in a medium bowl and cover with a couple of inches of water. Soak for 8 hours.
  2. Rinse and drain the pistachios (they will have increased in volume to about 1½ cups), and transfer to a high speed blender. Add 1 cup fresh water, the honey, almond extract, and salt, and 1 pint fresh strawberries, about 1 minute. (You should yield a scant 2 cups pistachio cream).
  3. Spoon the pistachio cream into 4 small dessert cups or bowls. Arrange the berries on top. Sprinkle with pistachios and, if desired, orange zest. Serve.

Dina Cheney is a regular contributor to Clean Eating and is now the author of The New Milks. Featuring 113 cooking and baking recipes, the book explores dairy-free alternatives to milk. Find it here.

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