Categories: Heart Qi Vacuity, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian


Preparation time: 20 mins
Serves: 4

1-cup bulgur wheat
3 bunches parsley
1 handful mint
Pinch of thyme
8 spring onions
½ cucumber
2 tomatoes
4 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper

Soak the bulgur wheat for about 15-20 minutes in enough water to just cover it. Meanwhile chop the herbs finely and cut the spring onions, tomatoes and cucumber into small pieces. Combine the chopped ingredients with the oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a salad bowl. Gently squeeze out any excess water from the bulgur wheat and toss the wheat into the bowl. Let the ingredients sit a while before serving.

Bulgur wheat – has a supportive action on the kidney qi as well as the heart. Slightly cool, sweet, clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves restlessness. Promotes diuresis, calms spirit, stops sweating
Parsley – slightly warm, pungent, promotes digestion, removes stagnant food, regulates flow of qi, induces measles eruption, diuretic
Mint – aromatic, slightly cool, clears heat in liver, supports digestion, good for liver qi stagnation
Thyme – suppresses cough, used as an aromatic calmative
Spring onions – warm, pungent, induces perspiration, antiviral and antibacterial
Cucumber – cool, sweet, bland, peels are bitter, clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves irritability, and promotes diuresis
Tomatoes – slightly cool, sweet and sour, promote body fluids, quench thirst, strengthen stomach, aids digestion, cool blood, clears heat, detoxifies, clams liver, removes stagnant food
Lemon juice – cool, sour, regenerates body fluids, harmonizes stomach, regulates qi, quenches thirst, benefits liver
Salt – cold, salty, slightly sweet, harmonize and promotes digestion, strengthens kidney, fortifies bones, tendons, and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies, used as a natural preservative
Pepper – hot, pungent, pushes downward, warms the internal regions, affects the stomach and large intestines

This is a good light salad for anyone who tends toward stagnation. Parsley is a tonic for the blood with also a diuretic effect, draining water from the body and supporting the kidney. The wheat supports the kidney qi as well as the heart. The pungency of the mint and spring onions moves the qi and the olive oil/lemon combination stimulates the liver.