Chinese nutrition classifies food according to its energetic qualities of temperature, taste, and ability to moisten and strengthen the body. In general, it favors foods with warm properties which ease the digestive process by allowing the system to relax and more easily break down food.
Summer however, is fire time, making it the the perfect season to introduce some cool, yin foods into your diet. Food with cool and cold properties can clear heat, reduce toxins, and generate body fluids. Bring on the melons, cucumbers, tomatoes and tofu! Enjoy this cooling salad!
- 2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped into quarters
- 1 cup tomato, chopped (I used a chopped red heirloom and yellow grape tomatoes halved)
- 1 shallot, peeled, sliced and quartered
- Black olives, pitted and sliced (to taste)
- ¼ cup organic olive oil
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- Salt and Pepper (to taste)
- In a large bowl, combine cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and olives.
- In a smaller bowl, mix the olive oil, lemon juice, and dried oregano. Pour over the vegetables and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
- Taste and adjust spices if necessary. Refrigerate until ready to eat.