Baby Spinach And Tangerines With Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Categories: Heart Qi Vacuity, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Lung Qi Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Wind Cold Invading Lungs

Baby Spinach And Tangerines
With Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

10 oz bag of prewashed spinach
½ pound mixed baby greens (salad mix)
3 tangerines, Satsuma or other seedless variety
¼ cup red wine vinegar (good quality)*
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup fresh or bottled pomegranate juice
1 ½ tsp cornstarch
1 tsp sugar
pinch of cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Method:

Wash the greens and spinach well and dry in a lettuce spinner. Chill the greens until just before serving. Peel the tangerines and remove as much pith as possible. Cover and chill until ready to serve. In a small, shallow pan bring the vinegar up to a simmer. Dissolve the cornstarch in the juice with the sugar and other seasonings. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the vinegar and simmer until just starting to thicken. Remove from the heat and stir in the oil. Chill until ready to use. Use a fork to whisk the dressing before tossing the salad.
This dressing will become quite thick if you keep it longer than a day. Roast some vegetables and toss them with your leftover dressing for a wonderful salad. Serve cold or room temperature.

TCM Analysis-Spinach Strengthens all organs, tonifies Qi and Blood, and ventilates the chest. Tangerines opens the channels, stops coughing and opens the chest. The red wine vinegar and cinnamon both promote circulation throughout the entire body. Overall, this recipe vents the Lungs while strengthening and supporting the Qi during attacks of a wind-cold invasion.