A yummy and seasonal salad to enjoy this late summer/fall season and their TCM dietary properties and actions:
½ cup organic honey
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
¾ cups vegetable oil
½ cup cider vinegar
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 head romaine lettuce, cut up
1 cup pecans
1 Fuji apple, diced
½ cup dried cranberries
6oz feta cheese – crumbled
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
Combine ingredients of dressing in a shaker and shake well. Toss salad and top with dressing.
As we know food is medicine. Below are some of the functions of these prime ingredients.
Honey – Sweet and level, honey enters the lung, spleen and large intestine channels. It helps moisten dryness, resolves toxins, moistens throat and lungs, soothes and moistens dry cough, helps moistens intestines and eases constipation, helps ease runny nose.
Lettuce – Bitter, sweet and cool. Enters the stomach and large intestine. Clears hit, promotes urination, promotes lactation.
Apple – Sweet and cool, enters the lung, stomach and large intestine channels. It helps generate fluids, moistens the lungs susceptible to dryness especially in the fall, help detoxify from alcohol, moistens and generates fluids in the stomach.
Cranberries – Sweet and sour, enters the bladder, kidneys and liver. Treats excess bleeding, cools and clears toxins, treats urinary tract infections, nocturnal urination
Onion – Acrid and warm, enters the lung, spleen, liver and large intestine channels. Warms and scatters cold, resolves exterior and dispels wind or what we know as the common cold, moves qi, quickens blood, diarrhea and treats worms.
Vinegar – Sour, bitter, warm and entering the liver and stomach channels. It helps move stasis, stops bleeding, treats toxins, worms, treats postpartum dizziness, jaundice, vaginal itching, sores, swellings.
As always, the information above is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice.
The Tao of Healthy Eating, Dietary Wisdom according to Chinese medicine, Bob Flaws
The Tao of Nutrition, Maoshing Ni, Ph.D. C.A. with Cathy McNease, B.S., M.H.