Move That Liver Qi: A bitter, sweet & sour salad recipe for LV qi stagnation w/ heat

Categories: Liver Fire Rising, Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Yang Rising

Move That Liver Qi:
A bitter, sweet & sour salad recipe for LV qi stagnation w/ heat
By Katie Fritz

2 Belgium endive, chopped
A generous handful of dandelion greens (rinsed & dried), chop if you like!
1/4 of an onion, chopped
2 plums, pitted & chopped
1/2 tbsp. coconut oil (or just use olive oil over lower heat if you have it)

Dressing:
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
The juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 tbsp. olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste

Heat coconut oil in a pan and add onion. Sautee until translucent. Lightly sautee the endive & dandelion greens in the pain for about 2-4 minutes. Add plums & sautee 2 more minutes. Remove from heat & place in bowl.

Whisk together apple cider vinegar, lemon juice & olive oil. Pour over salad & toss evenly.

Servings: 2-3 people

TCM analysis:
Belgium endive — bitter & sweet: cools LV heat
Dandelion — bitter & cool-cold, sl. sweet: cools LV heat, benefits LV function, promotes flow of bile, detoxifies
Onion — acrid, sweet & warm: moves qi, diuretic
Plum — neutral-warm, sweet & sour: cools LV heat, aids digestion, softens or soothes LV, removes stagnation of qi, stimulates appetite
Coconut oil — cool & sweet: moistens
Apple cider vinegar — neutral, sour & sl. acrid: stimulates appetite
Lemon juice — cold & v. sour: expels heat, regulates qi, benefits LV, harmonizes ST, regenerates body fluids, quenches thirst
Olive oil — cool & sweet: moistens & is anti-inflammatory
Salt — cool & salty: anti-inflammatory, softens
Pepper — warm-hot, v. acrid: enriches yang, expels cold

The overall function of this recipe is the move LV qi & clear LV heat. The endive, dandelion, olive oil & salt, help to cool heat & reduce inflammation. The plum, cider vinegar & lemon juice serve to move LV qi, soothe the LV & moisten. The pepper & act of lightly cooking the salad help to combat excessive coldness to make the recipe more digestible.