Apple and Raw Beet Slaw

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Lung Yin Vacuity

Apple and Raw Beet Slaw

1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 pound beets, peeled
1 large Granny Smith apple, or similar flavored and textured apple
3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1/2 teaspoon coarse grain salt
1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
In a medium sized salad bowl, using your microplane grater (or the smallest holes of a cheese grater) grate fresh ginger directly into bowl, about one teaspoon. Grate beets and apples, add them to the bowl with the ginger, and toss until ginger is evenly distributed. Add sherry vinegar, salt, and pepper to bowl and toss to coat evenly. Add olive oil, stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve immediately or keep refrigerated.
Analysis:

Ginger — disperses exterior cold, stops nausea and vomiting, detoxifies other herbs, reduces inflammation
beets — sweet, neutral, goes to heart, spleen, stomach, liver, strengthens middle jiao, nourishes liver blood, Calms shen
apple —goes to heart, spleen, stomach and lung, clears heat, promotes body fluids, supplements lung, spleen, stomach, moistens lung and LI
vinegar — sour, warm, slightly bitter, invigorates blood, clears toxin, astringrent
salt – salty, cold, clears heat cools blood, eases bowel movements, nourishes kidney
black pepper – — pungent, warm, warms the middle jiao, descends stomach qi, expels damp and cold

CI: Spleen Qi/Yang Vacuity; cold-damp conditions