Grilled Salmon And Citrus Pistachio Couscous Salad by Art Smith

4 servings.

Grilled Salmon:
4, 8-ounce Salmon filets
1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Citrus Couscous Pistachio Salad:
Juice of 2 oranges
1 cup Reduced-sodium chicken broth
½ teaspoon Sea salt
1 cup Couscous
1 Cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced small
½ cup Chopped red bell pepper
½ cup Shelled pistachios, chopped

1 tablespoon White vinegar
2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
4 Scallions, chopped
1 tablespoon Chopped fresh mint
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Juice of 1 lemon


For Couscous:
Cook couscous according to directions on box, using chicken broth in place of water. Once cooked, add orange juice and salt and mix well. Fold in cucumber, red bell pepper and pistachios.

For Dressing:
Mix all ingredients for dressing in bowl and whisk.

For Salmon:
Preheat grill or broiler. Brush salmon with olive oil. Place on hot grates or in grill pan and grill 5-8 minutes per side, until it looks opaque and has a slightly rosy center when pierced with the tip of a knife.

Serve filets with couscous salad, with extra mint and lemon if desired.

Grilled Salmon
Nutritional Information per Serving: 352 calories, 45 g protein, 18 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 0 g carbohydrates, 0 g sugars, 0 g fiber, 125 mg cholesterol, 410 mg sodium.

Citrus Pistachio Couscous Salad
Nutritional Information per Serving: 360 calories, 11 g protein, 15 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 47 g carbohydrates, 7 g sugars, 5 g fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 320 mg sodium.

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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!