Pistachio Zucchini Zoodles Salad

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Yield: 
4 servings
Ingredients: 

For the salad
4 zucchinis
1 ¾ cup feta, chopped into small cubes
1 handful black olives, without the pits, finely chopped
2 handfuls of cooked chick peas
1 handful salted unshelled pistachios, chopped
½ handful whole salted unshelled pistachios
1 bundle of parsley, chopped
1 bundle of mint, chopped

For the dressing
1 garlic clove, pressed
4 tablespoons olive oil
The juice of 1 lime
Sea salt
Fresh pepper

Instructions: 

Wash the zucchini and make into zoodles using a spiralizer. Cut with scissors if they are too long.

Mix the zoodles with feta, olives and chick peas and portion out into four bowls. Sprinkle on the herbs and the chopped and whole pistachios. Finally, sprinkle on the dressing made from pressed garlic, olive oil, lime juice, sea salt and fresh black pepper and serve immediately.


Nutritional Information per Serving: 435 calories, 16 g protein, 34.4 g fat, 12.6 g saturated fat, 19 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, 58.5 mg cholesterol, 809 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!