Peach and Arugula Salad with Pistachios and Lemon Vinaigrette

Rating: 
Yield: 
4
Ingredients: 

5 ounces Arugula
1 ½ Peach thinly sliced for each salad
3 ounces Feta cheese
¼ Red onion thinly sliced for each salad
½ cup Toasted American pistachio kernels
Lemon vinaigrette
Kosher salt and fresh cracker black pepper to taste

Lemon Vinaigrette Ingredients:
1 tablespoon Lemon zest
¼ cup Lemon juice
1 tablespoon Italian parley
½ tablespoon Minced garlic
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
¼ cup Red wine vinegar
½ cup Pistachio oil olive oil
Salt and pepper

Instructions: 

Make vinaigrette by combining all ingredients except oil for dressing. Add oil slowly to emulsify with food processor or immersion blender. Wash and dry arugula, cut onion in half and slice very thin julienne. Wash and slice peach in 1/8th wedges, crumble feta and toasted pistachios.
Mix all ingredients with dressing and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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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!