Apple and Endive for Traditional Chinese Summer Cooling

by Travis Metzger |

Apple and Endive for Traditional Chinese Summer Cooling

Summer is a Yang season filled with expansion, growth and creativity, food preparation should incorporate cooling foods such as lettuce, apple and lemon to help maintain a healthy balance.

Apples are high in fiber and various antioxidants, they also contain good amounts of C and B complex vitamins. Eat the skin or you’ll miss out on the phytonutrients and polyphenols. Endive delivers potassium, fiber, vitamins B, C and K as well as calcium. Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants and offers many incredible health benefits ranging from aiding digestion and detoxification to rejuvenating your skin and body.

From a Chinese Medicine perspective, apples are a Yin and Qi tonic that promote vital energy and help dispel toxins. Endive, in addition to it’s cooling temperature, will help to counteract heat. Lemons will promote blood and Qi circulation as well as resolve phlegm.

Adapting Ingredients for Your Constitution

A cheese from Spain that I love is Manchego which is made from sheep’s milk, however sheep’s milk is considered to be warming, so to better align with cooling I went with the Mahon which is similar in flavor and texture but is made from cow’s milk and cow’s milk is neutral in temperature.

This is a good example of how you can easily adapt your recipe to your constitution simply by making a substitution here and there.

Apple  Cooling, Yin Tonic, Counteracts Heat, Removes Toxins
Spanish Mahon Cheese (Cows Milk)  Neutral Temp, Yin and Qi Tonic  
Belgian Endive  Cooling, Counteracts Heat and Damp Heat
Lemon  Cooling, Counteracts Heat, Promotes Qi Circulation
Olive Oil  Neutral Temp
Salt  Cooling, Counteracts Heat, Removes Toxins 


Two Apples and Endive with Spanish Mahon for Cooling

Serving size

About 5

Prep Time / Cook Time

10 minutes / 0 minutes


  • 1-2 Apples each, Granny Smith and Pink Lady
  • 6 Ounces Spanish Mahon or Similar Cheese
  • 1-2 each Belgian Endive
  • 2-3 Ounces Virgin Olive Oil
  • Juice of 1-2 lemons
  • Salt in flake style to taste


Cut the Apples (skin on) on a mandolin if you have one otherwise you can hand cut into a matchstick style somewhere around 1/8-1/4 inch sides and 2 inch lengths or a bit longer. Hand cut the Mahon into similar matchstick shapes and the same for the endive. Toss apple, endive and cheese with the lemon juice and olive oil and lightly season with flake style salt as available.

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