Pistachio Turkey Supper Salad

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Yield: 
4 to 5 servings.
Ingredients: 

Green onions, divided
1 clove Garlic, minced
¼ cup Olive or vegetable oil
1 ½ cups Julienne cooked turkey
½ cup Julienne sweet red pepper
¼ cup White wine vinegar or lemon juice
1 teaspoon Basil, crushed
¼ teaspoon Dry mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cups Torn or sliced romaine or spinach
½ Avocado, sliced or cubed (optional)
½ cup Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
½ cup Chopped natural American pistachios

Instructions: 

Cut 2 green onions into 1-inch pieces. Sauté onions and garlic in oil until lightly browned; remove and discard. Add turkey and red pepper; sauté until heated. Add vinegar, basil, mustard, salt and pepper. Place romaine in salad bowl. Add hot turkey mixture; toss. Top with avocado, cheese, 2 remaining green onions, sliced, and pistachios.

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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!