Summer Borscht

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Shen Calming

Summer Borscht
(makes about 6-8 servings)
about 5 medium-sized beets, boiled or roasted until tender, peeled and diced

about 2 English cucumbers, diced

about 3-4 medium tomatoes, diced
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth (chilled or room temperature)

2 cups plain yogurt

1/4 cup red wine vinegar (or more to taste)

1 small bunch fresh dill, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

fresh lemon juice and zest to taste

1. Reserve any juices from the beets, tomatoes and cucumbers while chopping and combine them in a large pot or bowl with the broth and yogurt.
2. Add the vinegar, dill, a pinch of salt and pepper, and taste. Sugar can be added to cut the acidity as well, to taste.
3. Add lemon juice to taste.

TCM analysis:
Beets: cool, sweet. Nourishes blood, tonifies HT, calms the spirit, lubricates intestines, cleanses Liver.
Cucumbers: cool, sweet, bland. Clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves irritability, promotes diuresis.
Tomatoes: Slightly cool, sweet, sour. Promotes body fluids, quenches thirst, strengthens S, aids digestion, cools blood, clears heat, detoxifies, calms LV, removes food stagnation.
Yogurt: Neutral sweet. Strengthens weakness, nourishes qi and blood, lubricates dryness.
Vinegar: Sour, warm, slightly bitter. Liver. Invigorates blood, clears toxin, astringes.
Lemon: Cool, sour. Regenerates body fluids, harmonizes ST, regulates qi, quenches thirst, benefits LV.
Overall function: LV qi Stag
The beets nourish blood and calm the spirit while cleansing the Liver. The Cucumbers relieve irritability and the tomatoes and lemon calm and benefit the Liver. Vinegar assists with invigorating the blood.