Pistachio Berry Goat Cheese Salad by Carol Kicinski

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Ingredients: 

¼ cup Roasted, salted pistachios, chopped
6 ounces Goat cheese
½ cup Sliced strawberries
1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
1 - 2 teaspoons Honey
3 tablespoons Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
8 ounces Prewashed baby lettuce salad greens or spring mix
1 pint Raspberries
1 cup Blueberries 

Instructions: 

Place the chopped pistachios on a plate. Divide the goat cheese into 16 equal pieces (about 1 teaspoon each) and roll into balls. Roll the cheese balls in the pistachios. Can be made up to 2 days ahead. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Put the strawberries in a blender with the vinegar, 1 teaspoon honey, olive oil and a pinch of both salt and pepper. Blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and add more honey, salt and/or pepper if desired. Can be made a day ahead. Store in a small jar or covered container and give a good shake before using.
Put the salad greens in a large mixing bowl and toss with the dressing. Add the raspberries and blueberries and gently toss. Divide the salad among 6 salad plates and top each with 4 pistachio goat cheese balls.
Nutritional Facts
(Amount per Serving):
Calories 220, Total Fat 16g, Saturated Fat 5g, Monounsaturated Fat 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1.6g, Cholesterol 15mg, Sodium 140mg, Potassium 162mg, Magnesium 23mg, Total Carbohydrate 14g, Dietary Fiber 5g, Sugars 8g, Protein 7g

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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!