Mediterranean Pasta Salad

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Yield: 
4 Servings
Ingredients: 

3 ½ cup mini Farfalle
Salt
1 Jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil (approx.. 8-12 oz)
10 olives, pitted
2 figs (fresh or dried)
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
3-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (bright)
1/2 tsp mustard
1 tsp honey
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 ¼ cupa American pistachios, shelled

Instructions: 

Prepare pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions, drain and let cool. Cut the
tomatoes into cubes and the olives into quarters. Dry figs with a cloth and dice them into cubes.
Mix the dressing of oil, vinegar, mustard and honey and season with salt and pepper.
Mix salad ingredients, dressing and American pistachios; let stand for a short time to blend flavors. Serve or pack and take.

Preparation time: 30 minutes


Nutritional Information per Serving: 587 calories, 16 g protein, 32 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 64 g carbohydrates, 8 g fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 187.5 mg sodium.

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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.

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