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Get Crackin’ Fruit & Nut Salad

January 10, 2011

I’ve had pistachios on my mind ever since these Get Crackin’ commercials started (make sure to check out the one with Snooki).  Wonderful® markets pistachios as the lowest calorie, lowest fat nut, but that’s not all they are.  Pistachios are also a good source of potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium.  A handful gives you a healthy dose of vitamin B6, which helps regulate blood sugar and metabolize proteins. The antioxidants in these green cuties reduce inflammation and the effects of aging. Wanting to lose weight?  The phenylalanine found in pistachios is known to curb appetite and boost mood. They contain the healthy fats (mono- and polyunsaturated) that help lower cholesterol. They contain 12x the fiber in walnuts and 3x the fiber in plums.  And, like all nuts, they contribute to your Daily Value of protein.

What a perfect salad topper! Thanks, Wonderful®, for bringing them to my attention!

Ingredients for vinaigrette:

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • Shallot

Ingredients for salad:

  • Mixed greens
  • Belgian endive (optional)
  • Anjou pear
  • Dried cranberries
  • Raw pistachio nuts
  • Gorgonzola (optional)

Preparation of vinaigrette:

  1. Start preparing the dressing by mincing the shallot.
  2. In a small bowl add about 2 tbs of Balsamic Vinegar and the juice of half a lemon.
  3. Add about 1 tbs of minced shallot and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Slowing add about 3 tbs evoo while wisking.
  5. This mixture can be put in your food processor for a smoother dressing.

Preparation of salad:

  1. Julienne the endive (about 5 leaves) and 1/2 of pear.
  2. Toast 1/4 c. of pistachios in a toaster oven or for 5-6 minute in an oven set to 350 degrees.
  3. In a large bowl toss the mixed greens, pear, endive, 1/4 c. dried cranberries, and pistachios with the vinaigrette.
  4. Top with a little gorgonzola cheese, if you’d like.
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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Laura MacDougall permalink
    January 10, 2011 3:21 am

    YUM!!! You are inspiring me to be more curious about the vitamins/minerals I consume.

    • Kristine Waggoner permalink*
      January 10, 2011 3:52 am

      Thanks, Laura! I look forward to your butternut squash soup… 🙂 It’s going to be “cold” here next week!

  2. Donna permalink
    January 10, 2011 3:31 am

    Sounds delicious and I am going to try this salad for sure.
    I did not realize how excellent the pistachio is for us.
    You have told us some very good information regarding the heath benefits of the pistachio nuts in our diet.
    I for one am going to start eating more of these. Thank you.

    • Kristine Waggoner permalink*
      January 10, 2011 3:53 am

      Thanks, Mom, for reading! Let me know how it turns out!

  3. Betty permalink
    January 11, 2011 1:40 am

    After looking at the picture of the Get Crackin” Fruit and Nut Salad, and read the ingredients, It looked so good that I went right out and got all the ingredients and can’t wait to try it. Just what I need to get started on my diet.
    Betty

  4. Donna permalink
    January 20, 2011 3:30 am

    Tonight I made the Fruit and Nut Salad… it was wonderful.

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