American Pistachio Pasta Salad

Rating: 
Yield: 
1/2 cup.
Ingredients: 

6 ounces Rotini or shell macaroni
Salted water
Oregano dressing (recipe follows)
2 cups Fresh spinach, torn
1 cup Each chopped tomato and blanched pea pods
¼ cup Roasted/salted American pistachios, chopped
Black pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese to taste

Instructions: 

Cook rotini in boiling, salted water according to package directions; drain. Marinate hot rotini in Oregano Dressing; cool at room temperature. Combine with spinach, tomato, pea pods, pistachios and black pepper to taste. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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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!