WATERMELON AND SPINACH SALAD

Categories: Kidney & Urinary Bladder Qi Vacuity, Salad, Summerheat, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegan, Vegetarian

½  Watermelon

1 Bushel of Grapes

1 C Lotus Seeds (Soaked)

2 Carrots

1 Bag of Spinach

 

  • Soak the lotus seeds in water over night.
  • Cut up the watermelon and grapes. Grate the carrots with a large handheld grater or use a vegetable peeler.
  • Place all of the ingredients into a large bowl and stir it up.

Serve for your friends or family when the sun is out, temperature is up, and you want to get your thirst on!

 

TCM Analysis

Watermelon: Sweet, Cold; ST, HT, UB; Clears heat toxin, Quenches thirst, Promotes Urination, Relieves irritability; Difficult Urination, Summer-heat, Irritability, Sores, Dry mouth

Grape: Sweet, Sour, Neutral; Promotes Urination, Nourishes Yin and Body Fluids; Edema, Yin Xu

Lotus Seed: Sweet, Neutral, Astringent; SP, HT, KD; Stabilizes and Binds Essence, Supplements SP, HT, and KD; Diarrhea, Spermatorrhea, Insomnia, Palpitations

Carrot: Sweet, Neutral; SP, LV, LU, HT; Diuretic, Anti-Inflammatory

Spinach: Sweet, Cold, ST, LI; Stabilizes Yin, Moistens dryness

 

Overall Intended Actions

This recipe is intended to be used during the summer months when folks need to quench their thirst, battle the summer heat, and nourish body fluids.  Most of the ingredients are cold to help reduce heat for summer heat, insomnia or palpitations and support the overall approach to nourish fluids.  Ingredients like Watermelon and Grape are going to help promote urination while Lotus Seed is going to astringe and hold in the essence.