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Horseradish Potato Salad

Categories: Wind Cold Invading Lungs

Horseradish Potato Salad

3 pounds small (2-inch) potatoes
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
1 cup sour cream (or 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup yogurt)
2 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Boil the potatoes until fork tender, cool them to room temperature and quarter them. In a large bowl, mix the remaining ingredients and fold over the potatoes. Adjust seasoning to taste.

potatoes – sweet, neutral. spleen, stomach. strengthens and harmonizes MJ
red onion – pungent, neutral. LU, ST, LI. Clears heat, relieves toxicity; transforms phlegm damp, kills parasites, lowers BP and cholesterol.
white-wine vinegar – pungent, sweet, sour, warm. St, LIV, HT. Expels cold, Invigorates xue, clears toxin, astringes
sour cream or yogurt – cool, sour. Cools heat, astringes.
dill – Pungent, acrid. LI, LU. Expels cold, tonifies metal
chives – acrid, warm, pungent. LU, LI. Tonifies metal
Dijon mustard – acrid, warm, pungent. LU, LI. Tonifies metal
horseradish – acrid, warm, pungent. LU, LI. Tonifies metal
salt – salty, cold. Kidney. Clears heat cools xue, Nourishes kidney. Eases bowel Movement.
black pepper – pungent, warm. ST, LI. Warms MJ. Descends Stomach qi, expels damp and cold.

This recipe is predominately Warm And Acrid to dispel wind cold from the lung. Acrid is associated with Metal, which is the Lung and Large Intestine. Although there is a tiny amount of dairy in this recipe, it should not be a problem because there are so many agents acting to disperse the cold and warm, invigorating agents to prevent the dairy from being too cloying. The salty agents will aid the kidney in grasping the qi, too.

Cabbage Cucumber Dill Salad

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation

Cabbage Cucumber Dill Salad (serves 2-3)
Ingredients: ½ of a head of green cabbage, ½ of a cucumber, 5 sprigs of dill, 1 TB olive oil, 1 tsp. lemon juice, salt to taste

Preparation: shred cabbage, preferably using a mandolin; chop cucumber into small cubes; chop dill then mix the above ingredients with salt, oil, and lemon juice. Serve chilled.

Analysis of Recipe:
Cabbage: cold, sweet, clears heat, lubricates intestines, promotes urination, diaphoretic
Cucumber: cool, sweet, bland, clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves irritability, promotes diuresis
Dill: neutral, acrid, slightly bitter, stimulates appetite
Olive Oil: neutral, sweet, sour, clears heat, detoxifies, promotes body fluids, quenches thirst, clears lungs, benefits throat
Salt: cold, salty, slightly sweet, harmonizes and promotes digestion, strengthens kidneys, fortifies bones, tendons and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies