Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Categories: Blood Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Salad, Vegetarian

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Beet and Goat Cheese Salad (serves 2):

Ingredients:
* 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
* 1.5 tablespoons shallots, thinly sliced
* 1/2 tablespoon honey
* 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 3 medium beets, cooked and quartered
* 3 cups fresh arugula
* 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped
* 1/8 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
* 1/4 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed
* 1.5 ounces soft fresh goat cheese, coarsely crumbled
Preparation:
1. Line a baking sheet with foil. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
2. Whisk the vinegar, shallots, and honey in a medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in the oil. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with salt and pepper. Toss the beets in a small bowl with enough dressing to coat. Place the beets on the prepared baking sheet and roast until the beets are slightly caramelized, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes. Set aside and cool.
3. Toss the arugula, walnuts, and cranberries in a large bowl with enough vinaigrette to coat. Season the salad, to taste, with salt and pepper. Mound the salad atop 2 plates. Arrange the beets around the salad. Sprinkle with the avocado and goat cheese, and serve.

Nutritional Breakdown:
Shallots – warm, pungent – Promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic.
Honey — sweet, neutral — nourishes and harmonizes the middle jiao, moistens dryness
Black pepper — hot, pungent – warms digestion, dispels internal cold, antidote to food poisoning.
Beets – cool, sweet — nourishes blood, tonifies the heart, calms the spirit, cleanses the liver.
Arugula–  bitter, sweet–  clears heat, moves liver qi, moistens dryness
Walnuts — sweet, warm — tonifies the kidneys and lungs, lubricates the large intestine
Avocado — sweet, cool — nourishes yin and blood, moistens lungs, skin and intestines
Goat cheese — sweet, salty, warm — tonifies qi, nourishes blood, strengthens kidneys, calms the spirit