Finishing salts are pretty popular right now, ranging from single-origin salts to smoked salts and flavored salts.  Right now I have at least a half dozen varieties of salt stashed around the kitchen, and I do use them for different purposes to create layers of flavor.  This is a simple, flavored salt that adds a nutty-sweet flavor to salads, eggs, popcorn, or any other savory dish.  It is also delicious sprinkled on dark chocolate bark.

I made a batch of this a few weeks ago and we ate a great deal of it as a popcorn topping (popcorn is sometimes a complete meal in our house), but I have also been using it on roasted vegetables and salads.  We had some dead-ripe local tomatoes that were perfect with just a sprinkle of this salt.

I plan to make some of this to put in glass jars for gifts.  If you buy pre-shelled pistachios the color will be more brown than green, so if you have the patience to shell your own, it will make a prettier gift product.  Either way, it makes a delicious topping, and the flavor from the nuts means you can use less salt.

Pistachio Salt
Recipe type: Seasoning
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 cup shelled, dry-roasted and salted pistachios
  • 1/4 cup sea salt (fine or coarse)
  1. In a food processor, pulse the pistachios and salt until the nuts are finely ground. You will have to stop to scrape down the sides once or twice to get a more even texture. Place the salt in an air-tight container for storage. Store at room temperature.

Happy shelling!


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  1. Denise in Michigan

    I’ve had about a cup of pistachios in the fridge just waiting for me to try this! Little did I know this is what those nuts wanted me to do with them!

    1. Seriously, I love this stuff and have been putting it on everything! Just had some pistachio-salt sprinkled eggs.

  2. This is an awesome idea! And a great idea for a gift. I will have to make some. I think it would be good on desserts too.

    1. I am thinking it would be good on ice cream…

  3. What a clever idea and a pretty photo. If I may, I’d like to invite you to submit your photos to the new YumGoggle, a photo sharing site with the philosophy that if you worked hard to cook it and photograph it, we should show it off! Hope to see you there!

    1. Thank you, I will check it out!

  4. Those tomatoes with that salt on them… I have a sudden urge to go slice up a big beefsteak tomato and find some pistachios and make this salt. It would be a full meal for me! Mmmmm 🙂

    1. That was lunch! It really is great on tomatoes.

    1. Thank you 🙂

  5. Yummo! I am going to have to make some of this, unless of course a little elf happens to bring me some for Christmas!

    1. That seems possible…

  6. How Long DoeS It Stay Edible? Does It Go Bad?

    1. Angela, it’s really shelf-stable because of the salt, so I think you would be safe keeping it for at least a month. You could store it in the fridge if you were worried, but it might clump up from the moisture.

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