Strawberry Cucumber Salad2018-01-29
Toss 4 cups quartered hulled strawberries (from 1 pound whole), 3 sliced Persian cucumbers, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom, and a pinch of salt in a medium bowl and let sit 10 minutes to allow sugar to dissolve and flavors to meld. Meanwhile, mix 1/2 cup creme fraiche, 2 teaspoons sugar, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl; set lemon cream aside. Pulse 1/4 cup unsalted, roasted pistachios, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and a pinch of salt in a food processor until nuts are just finely ground (do not overprocess or you`ll end up with nut butter). Divide fruit salad among plates and spoon some of the reserved lemon cream over; sprinkle with ground seasoned pistachios. Lemon cream can be made 8 hours ahead. Cover and chill.