Bouquet of Flower Salad with Cream and Chopped Pistachios by Chef Viviana Varese


For the salad
1 head of lettuce
1 radicchio
1 bunch of arugula
1 bunch of watercress
1 bunch of dandelion

For pistachio cream
1 cup shelled natural American pistachios
4 teaspoons delicate extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon white vinegar
¼ teaspoon salt

In a blender, whip all the ingredients together, and place into a pastry bag. Keep in refrigerator.

Additional ingredients
Edible flowers
Delicate extra virgin olive oil
3 teaspoons pistachio roasted and blended
Salt to taste
Balsamic vinegar to taste


Wash the lettuce (select smaller, similar-sized lettuce leafs); spread pistachio cream and sprinkle a dust of crushed pistachios on one leaf, layer with another leaf of lettuce. Then place a dandelion leaf, a sprig of watercress, and two leaves of arugula.

Wrap the bouquet with a ribbon and trim the protruding parts. Season with salt, a few drops of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and decorate with edible flowers.

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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!