Cold fighting salad

Among all the winter vegetables fennel is surely the most aromatic one, characterized by a sweet charming taste. It has got very good digestive properties -in particular its seeds- thus resulting helpful in case of bloating. The warm energy of fennel promotes digestion and Liver energy circulation. Oranges are perfect to detox and tone up the stomach while black sesame seeds nourish yin of Kidney. Mustard warms up Lung and moves the QI.

Serves 4/6 –Easy- Prep time: 10 minutes


You will need:

  • 2 fennels;
  • 1 orange;
  • 2 tsp of black sesame seeds.

For the dressing:

  • 2 tsp of extra virgin olive oil;
  • juice of 1 fresh lemon;
  • 1 tsp of mustard;
  • a pinch of salt.

How to:

  1. Wash and chop the fennel into thin slices.
  2. peel the orange with a knife, getting rid also of the white peel. Cut it into small cubes.
  3. place the fennel, the orange and the black sesame seeds together in a bowl.
  4. prepare the dressing, mixing together the lemon juice, the oil, the mustard and the salt.
  5. mix the salad with the dressing (if you want you can use your hands! this will help a more even spreading of the dressing).
  6. serve as starter dish salad, or as a side dish. It’s fantastic to accompany some grilled fish.


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It starts to feel cold, and days are getting shorter while fall’s vivid colors slowly fade out. We enter in the most yin season of the year: winter. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) associates it to the element Water, the zang-fu Kidney and Bladder, the color grey and the emotion of fear. We are naturally led to adapt our rhythms to the lazy winter days; it’s harder to get out of the bed in the morning and we feel more tired in the evenings.

In order to warm up and to protect our Yang from the excessive numbness, the TCM recommends for this season a diet that mobilizes the QI and avoids stasis. Nature helps us for this with a wide spectrum of seasonal products, such as the vegetables of the family of Brassicacae. Colliflower, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, radishes, horseradish and mustard-thanks to their spicy taste and thermic nature-sustain the energy of the Lung, harmonize the center and help digestion. Citrus fruits help us to dissolve tans (catarrh / mucus) and protect us from colds. Pears are perfect to nourish the Lung’s yin, as are dried fruits, which can also be a fantastic healthy and invigorating snack. Quinoa, wild rice, black beans and nuts are perfect to sustain the Kidney’s yang .

The best would be to kick off the day with a good, warm breakfast, then try to animateour meals with warming spices and herbs such as ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper. Our advice is to drink hot beverages during the day, and to comfort ourselves in the evening  with a soup. And why not, also with a good glass of red wine…