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Cucumbers with lime and cilantro

Categories: Dryness, Heat, Raw, Side Dishes, Summerheat, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Cucumbers with Lime and Cilantro

2 cucumbers, sliced.

Lime juice from 3 limes, approximately ½ cup juice.

½ cup cilantro, chopped

Salt

Cut up cucumbers into a bowl, pour juice on top, add cilantro and salt and mix together. This can last for several days in the refrigerator.

Serves 4.

TCM ANALYSIS

cucumber– Cool, sweet, diuretic, counteract toxins, cleanse blood, moistens lungs

Lime juice–Cool, sour, astringent, antiseptic. Benefits Liver.

Cilantro– Cool, acrid, promotes sweat, strengthens digestion, promotes qi flow.

Salt– Salty, cold, Kd. Clears heat, cools blood, eases bowels, nourishes kidney

This is a nice recipe for summer heat with dryness and no damp. It is cooling, moistening, and releases the exterior. It is contraindicated for more pronounced damp signs or for spleen yang deficiency.

Tzatziki: Cucumber and Yogurt Salad

Categories: Indian, Mediterranean, Side Dishes, Stomach Fire, Vacuity Heat, Yin Vacuity

Tzatziki

Tzatziki: Cucumber and Yogurt Salad (also known as Raita)

ingredients:
2 large cucumbers, washed well, quartered lengthwise and then sliced as thin as possible
1/2 cup greek yogurt
5-6 minced fresh mint leaves
pinch salt
optional: 1/2 tsp rosewater

mix all ingredients well in a large bowl. can be served with torn fresh lettuce or as a side or condiment. makes about 3 cups.

analysis: cucumbers are cooling and sweet and relieve stomach inflammation. yogurt is sweet and neutral and nourishes yin and quenches fire. mint is cool and pungent; it helps relieve stomach inflammation and stops pain by moving qi. rose water is sweet and pungent and moves qi, helping to relieve pain. the scent is said to calm the mind.