Olive, Pistachio and Pomegranate Salad By Najmieh Batmanglij

Rating: 
Yield: 
4 servings.
Ingredients: 

Dressing:
1/2 teaspoon grape molasses
1/2 teaspoon pomegranate molasses
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
¼ cup pomegranate juice
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon angelica powder (gol-par)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2 tablespoons pistachio oil
2 tablespoons olive oil

Salad:
1 cup raw pistachio kernels, toasted
1 cup green pitted olives, chopped
1 cup pomegranate arils (about 1 large pomegranate)
4 Persian cucumbers or 1 American cucumber, peeled and diced
4 spring onions, green and white parts cleaned and chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

Instructions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 ̊F., spread the pistachio kernels on a baking sheet and bake for 3 minutes.
In a salad bowl, prepare the dressing by whisking all the ingredients for the dressing and set aside.
Just before serving, add the salad ingredients to the dressing and toss well.

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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!