SUMMER SALSA!

I love to cook but when summer rolls around I prefer to spend more time outdoors and less in the kitchen. This season’s recipe will free you from the stove without sacrificing nutrition.

In Chinese Medicine, we discourage the the consumption of too many raw foods as they can pose digestive problems for some people. In the summer heat, however, our systems can better handle the digestive requirements of some raw vegetables including the tomato which relieves dryness and thirst, builds yin fluids, purifies the blood and detoxifies the body in general.

What makes this condiment recipe all that much more special is the fact that one of my patients shared it with me. Thank- you Karine!

Summer Salsa

6 ripe, Italian tomatoes, diced or pulsed in the food processor for a few seconds.

1 can of pitted, black olives, chopped

3 strands of garlic flowers or 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped. (Garlic flowers are pictured below.)

Garlic Flowers

1 -2 tbs small capers

Add the following herbs to taste: Coriander, basil, thyme

Juice of ½ lime and or lemon

Toss all ingredients together in a medium sized bowl and serve with wheat-free crackers or as an accompaniment to whitefish!

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