Prickly Pear Cactus, Radish, Carrot, and Chayote Squash Salad

Categories: Cleanse, Cold Phlegm Accumulating in Lung, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Damp Heat

Ensalada de Nopales, Rabano, Zanahoria, y Chayote
Prickly Pear Cactus, Radish, Carrot, and Chayote Squash Salad

1 30 ounce jar of prepared nopales (Prickly Pear Cactus)
1 bunch of radishes
2 large carrots
2 chayote squashes
3 limes

 Drain and rinse the nopales in cold water.
 Slice the radishes into thin half moons.
 Peel the carrots, then slice into ribbons using a peeler.
 Cut the chayote into quarters, as you would with a pear, then cut out the center seed and tough white layer. Then cut into small cubes.
 Blanch the chayote in boiling water, then set aside in the fridge to chill.
 Juice the limes.
 When the chayote is fully chilled, toss together with the nopales, radish, and carrot.
 Drizzle with lime juice and season with salt.

Tx: This salad is also very cleansing and cooling. The combination of nopales and radish makes it a great recipe for damp-heat or phlegm-heat conditions. It is also very regulating to fluid metabolism.

Nopales: Sweet and slightly bitter. Nopales have a very characteristic slippery texture, like spinach, which hints that this food probably can regulate urination and bowels. As it is often used for diabetes in Mexico, I think nopales can regulate fluids, and has a use in wasting and thirsting.
Radish: Cooling, pungent and sweet. Moistens the Lung, breaks up phlegm, removes food stagnation and toxicity, and cools the blood. Often used in cases of phlegm and heat.
Chayote: This Mexican squash is similar in flavor to summer squashes. I believe that it is cool, sweet, and slightly bitter. Regulates fluids and can promote diuresis, relieves heat.
Carrot: Neutral to cool and sweet. Benefits the Lung, Spleen, Liver and Heart. Eliminates wastes and treats indigestion due to excess. Drains dampness.
Lime: Cool and sour. Regulates and harmonizes the Stomach and Liver.