American Pistachio Tangy Summer Greens

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Yield: 
4 servings.
Ingredients: 

1 pound Small leafy greens
24 Endive spears
24 Small asparagus spears
6 ounces Shelled, natural American pistachios
Dressing:
3 tablespoon Rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
2 tablespoon Sparkling mineral water
2 tablespoon Sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon Ground ginger
1 teaspoon Lemon juice
1 teaspoon Soy sauce

Instructions: 

Steam asparagus spears until tender and cool to room temperature. Whisk together all dressing ingredients. Arrange endive and asparagus spears in spoke pattern on plates. Drizzle dressing over spears and toss remaining dressing with greens. Place greens on top of spears and sprinkle with American pistachios.

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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!