Pistachio-Pepita-Pimentón Pesto

Summary: This is a phenomenally good sauce/pesto/dukkah/rub: the smokiness of the pimentón elevates the nuttiness of the pistachios and pepitas to new heights while salt and lime zest brighten the whole mess! This is great drizzled on roasted sweet potatoes and spread over salmon that's then seared. It's great warm, room temp or cold. It'll save for several days in the fridge. 


  • 1/4 cup shelled, roasted, unsalted pistachios
  • scant 1/4 cup raw pepitas
  • 1/4 teaspoon pimentón (I used sweet)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • zest of 1 lime
  • scant 1/4 of extra virgin olive oil


Put everything except the olive oil into a small food processor and process until the pistachios have started to crumble. Slowly, and with the motor running, pour in the olive oil and process until you have a uniform, finely-textured loose paste.