Dandelion Greens Salad
Who has been feeling the effects of the allergy season kicking up? All of the wind, on and off moisture, budding flowers and trees. It's starting to make for a very early and itchy/runny/sneezy/congested allergy season already.
As you probably know, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be extremely helpful to ward off some of these symptoms, but there's more you can do as we transition into spring! Think about adding in some light, leafy greens as a side salad and decreasing some of the heavier foods you were eating over the wintertime. Be sure to keep the inflammatory foods (sugar, dairy, etc) to a minimum in order to keep the phlegm production down as well.
Below is a great salad idea that incorporates many ingredients to help the body cope with all of the elements of spring: mainly wind and phlegm. In TCM terms, this helps move the Liver's qi (which is very tight and become imbalanced in the spring) and nourishes the Spleen's energy to help combat any mucous build up. You can enjoy this salad cold (make sure its a warm day), or warmed up. Enjoy!
1 large handful of Dandelion greens
1/2 bulb of roasted fennel (chopped in small chunks)
1/4 red onion, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1 tbsp pine nuts
Optional: a few tablespoons of chopped bacon
Dress with your choice of dressing. I think this would pair nicely with a balsamic vinaigrette.