Strawberry Salad with Honey Vinaigrette and Goat Cheese by Chef Stefania Corrado

6 Servings

600 grams of strawberries
300 grams of already clean chicory
300 grams of Belgian endive
6 crottin de chèvre – goat cheese
125 grams American pistachios
50 grams sugar
30 ml water
15 grams butter
25 grams acacia honey
50 grams extra virgin olive oil
Juice of one lemon
Chopped fresh chili
1 of raspberry vinegar


For sandblasted pistachios: create a syrup in a saucepan with the sugar and the water and reach the temperature of 120 °C. At this point add the pistachios, previously roasted in the oven for 10 minutes at 100 ° C, and mix them with a spatula until the sugar starts to congeal. Continue cooking until mixture is amber-colored, never exceeding a temperature of 120 °C. Remove from heat and separate pistachios with the aid of butter and a fork. Pour the pistachios on a cold work surface and set aside. Wash and clean the strawberries, then cut into wedges. Prepare the vinaigrette by emulsifying oil honey, lemon juice, honey, pepper, salt and a few drops of raspberry vinegar. Season the chicory and endive with vinaigrette. Cut in half lengthwise the goat cheese and toast in a grill for a few minutes. Serve with strawberries, salad, and the sandblasted pistachios. Enjoy your salad!

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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!