American Pistachio Tuna Salad

4 servings.

16 ounces Rotini pasta, cooked
3 Red bell peppers
7 ounces Tuna, oil-packed, drained
1 small Red onion, sliced
2 tablespoon Capers
6 ounces Shelled, natural American pistachios
3 tablespoon Parsley, finely chopped
6 tablespoon Virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon Red wine or balsamic vinegar
1-1/2 teaspoon Minced garlic


Cut peppers into strips and remove seeds. Roast peppers over high flame, turning frequently until all skin is charred. Place in plastic bag for 10 minutes, then peel off black layer. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and toss with drained tuna. Toss pasta with remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil, vinegar, garlic, capers, parsley and pistachios. Arrange pepper strips and tuna over pasta and garnish with onion rings.

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Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!