Mediterranean Pasta Salad

4 Servings

3 ½ cup mini Farfalle
1 Jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil (approx.. 8-12 oz)
10 olives, pitted
2 figs (fresh or dried)
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
3-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (bright)
1/2 tsp mustard
1 tsp honey
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 ¼ cupa American pistachios, shelled


Prepare pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions, drain and let cool. Cut the
tomatoes into cubes and the olives into quarters. Dry figs with a cloth and dice them into cubes.
Mix the dressing of oil, vinegar, mustard and honey and season with salt and pepper.
Mix salad ingredients, dressing and American pistachios; let stand for a short time to blend flavors. Serve or pack and take.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Nutritional Information per Serving: 587 calories, 16 g protein, 32 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 64 g carbohydrates, 8 g fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 187.5 mg sodium.

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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!