Arugula, "pickled" Strawberries, Candied Pistachios And Crumbled Blue Cheese Salad by Michelle Bernstein

4 servings.

2 tablespoons Granulated sugar
2 tablespoons Water
1 cup Pistachios, shelled
1 teaspoon Sea salt
1 tablespoon Brown sugar
1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
1 Bay leaf
2 cups Strawberries, stemmed, cut in quarters
4 cups Arugula
1/4 cup Crumbled bleu cheese
1/2 cup Olive oil
1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar (to serve)
Salt and pepper 


Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat sugar and water together. Toss pistachios into mixture.Spread onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 5-10 minutes. Remove and season immediately with sea salt. Allow to cool. Remove from pan, chop into small pieces. Heat brown sugar and 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar with bay leaf. Place strawberries into a bowl over another bowl filled with ice. Pour hot vinegar mixture over the strawberries and allow to cool.Remove the strawberries from vinegar.
To Serve
Combine arugula, cheese and strawberries with olive oil, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Toss to coat. Place on 4 plates, top with candied pistachios.

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fun facts

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!