Pistachio Arugula Brown Rice Salad

6 servings

3 cups arugula, lightly packed
1 cup cooked brown Jasmine rice, cooled
3 persimmons, chopped (may substitute with other seasonal sliced fruit, such as peaches, apples, or pears)
1 15-oz can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/3 cup pistachios

2 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 lime, zest and juice
¼ teaspoon smoked red paprika
½ teaspoon agave nectar
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 clove minced garlic
Pinch salt (optional)


1. Mix together the arugula, rice, persimmons, chickpeas, parsley and pistachios in a salad bowl.
2. Toss together the tahini, olive oil, lime juice and zest, paprika, agave nectar, fresh ginger, and garlic until smooth.
3. Fold dressing into salad and mix well to combine.

Nutritional Information per Serving: 262 kcal, 10 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 18 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrates, 8 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 10 g protein.

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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!