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Top Ramadan Soups and Salads

Ramadan lanterns and crescents are placed around a group of images about the best soups and salads to be eaten at iftar in Ramadan.

Two best friends are known to never stay away from each other during Ramadan. In fact, they have their place at every Iftar table. They are soups and salads. In this roundup blog, your concerns about what to prepare as appetizers and side dishes will be definitely addressed. It is so because this post contains top Ramadan soups and salads that are basically timeless.

It is up to you to have either a soup or a salad as a side dish for your Ramadan Iftar meal. But I’m sure that preparing them together offers everyone in your family a scrumptious option to go for. I often like it when they sip on a bowl of soup and then grab a salad dish to eat thereafter.

Best Soups for Ramadan

This photo collage has six pictures of soups. They are lentil, juts mallow, freekeh, noodles, corn potato, and purslane soups.
If you want to feel good in Ramadan, eat soup at Iftar.

Let’s start with soups first. When it comes to breaking the fast during Ramadan, I always like to start with some soup. It’s all about having a warm bowl of soup after hours of not eating. In addition, it’s a great way to kick off the meal and get my stomach ready for more food. Also, soups are easy to make in large batches. So you can feed your whole family or even have leftovers for the next day.

During Ramadan, it’s the perfect way to break your fast with something comforting to fill you up. That’s why choosing from a collection of soups for Iftar is such a great idea. You can have all kinds of different flavors and textures. It can be lentil or molokhia soup, and don’t forget the classic freekeh soup or purslane stew. Just check out the list below.

Lentil Soup (Shorbet Adas)
Lentil Soup (Shorbet Adas) is a traditional Middle Eastern dish that is a must-try, especially during chilly winters and Ramadan. It’s Grandma’s classic that will pass from generation to generation with ingredients that you already have in your pantry. 
Check out this recipe
Lentil Soup (Shorbet Adas) is a typical Lebanese dish, specially during ramadan. Nutritious and flavorful, truly a balm to your soul!

Molokhia Soup
When it comes to soup, Molokhia Soup or Jute Mallow Soup is the perfect hearty and cozy bowl to enjoy at any time of the day. It is the star of the dining table that your family will fall in love with.
Check out this recipe
Jews mallow soup in a bowl alongside leg quarters, vermicelli rice, and lemon wedges.

Freekeh Soup
What is better than a warm soup for winter? This Freekeh Soup is a traditional Middle Eastern dish. It is rich, thick, flavorful, and healthy. This soup is a perfect guilt-free snack for late-night cravings. 
Check out this recipe
Two bowls of freekeh soup showing cilantro and pine nuts and a spoon scooping a chunk of chicken.

Palestinian Purslane Stew Recipe
This delicious, wholesome, and healthy Palestinian Purslane Stew Recipe is a perfect bowl of nutrients. Although it is simple, its taste is so warm, earthy, and comforting.
Check out this recipe
authentic and delicious Palestinian purslane stew recipe

Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
This chicken noodle soup is not only a delicious plate that is loved by the whole family but it is also loaded with disease-fighting nutrients as well.
Check out this recipe
a bowl of chicken soup with noodles, carrots, yellow onions, and dressed with lemon and a leaf of celery

Quick Potato Corn Soup
What is more heart-warming than a filling bowl of soup? I bet there is nothing right! Potato Corn Soup is a dreamy meal ideal for warm weather but it can be enjoyed all year round.
Check out this recipe
a colorful creamy soup in a blue bowl topped with sweet corn and fresh parsley

Top Ramadan Salads

This is a collection of images with the heading Best Ramadan Salads in the middle. The salads are made with fresh veggies, yogurt, and bulgur.
The best thing to do at iftar is to eat clean and green.

With soups and salads as appetizers at Iftar in Ramadan, you can break your fasting in a healthy way. That’s where salads come in. Eating a plate of salad as your first meal after a long day of fasting is not only refreshing but also helps your body get the nutrients it needs. In addition, it is light on the stomach and won’t make you feel too full too quickly.

First, you need to get a classic tabbouleh salad with lots of fresh parsley, mint, and juicy tomatoes. Then there’s the Arabic chopped salad. Let’s not forget about the refreshing cucumber and yogurt salad, perfect for cooling down after a long day of fasting. But my personal favorite is the freekeh salad- it’s full of grains and so satisfying. Honestly, I could go on and on about all the amazing salads out there, but these are definitely some top contenders for any Ramadan feast. So make sure to choose a delicious salad recipe from the list below.

Tabbouli Salad Recipe (Tabbouleh)
Tangy, refreshing, and super light! Tabbouli salad recipe is a staple in Middle Eastern dinners and celebration parties. When there is tabbouli, there is an ultimate pleasure. 
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A bowl of tangy, refreshing tabouli salad made of finely chopped parsley, onions, tomatoes, and mint. It is mixed with pre-soaked burghul, a drizzle of olive oil, and lemon juice.

Arabic Chopped Salad (Salata Arabiyeh)
Want something light, yet fulfilling? Making salads is an art; a delicious, healthy art. If you are a salad lover, then you will definitely love this Arabic Chopped Salad (Salata Arabiyeh). It is great as a snack or paired with a meal!
Check out this recipe
Lots of freshly cut vegetables with juicy lemon.

Mediterranean Style Chicken Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dressing
Who said eating salads is boring? This Mediterranean Style Chicken Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dressing is the perfect salad that combines both healthy and tasty. It is rich, savory, and indulging. The uniqueness of the flavors and texture tingle your taste buds.
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A great bowl of fresh vegetables topped with chicken and avocado slices.

Cucumber Yogurt Salad | Khiyar Bi Laban
Have you ever felt the need for a light, refreshing snack, especially on those hot days? Then Cucumber Yogurt Salad, or Khiyar Bi Laban, is exactly what you are looking for. It is incredibly simple, super healthy, gluten-free, and vegetarian-friendly.
Check out this recipe
A bowl of refreshing cucumber and creamy yogurt with minced garlic and dried mint.

Ezme (Turkish Salad)
Acılı ezme Salad is a delicious spicy dip, but do people actually know what it consists of?Ezme salad is famous across Palestine and often eaten next to grilled chicken and beef!
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A plate full of freshly prepared vegetable salad with onions on the side

Turkish Bulgur Salad – Kisir
This Turkish Bulgur Salad (Kisir) will surely make its way to the top of your salad list! Unlike any other salad, it is mostly made from Bulgur Wheat which is very filling. 
Check out this recipe
bulgur grains mixed with tomatoes, cucumbers, mint, parsley, green onions, and other ingredients form the famous Kisir salad served with red onion wedges, tomato slices, and lemon wedge

Freekeh Salad Recipe
If you are looking for a new way to eat freekeh, then you should try this Freekeh salad! This salad is a total breeze to make and is ready to rock your side dish game with some serious whole-grain power.
Check out this recipe
a colorful and nutritious freekeh salad presented on the table with fresh parsley, tomatoes, red onions, and cucumbers, topped with pomegranate seeds and thinly sliced pistachios.

This Lebanese salad is popular not only throughout the Middle East, but around the world, and for pretty good reasons. And I’m sure it will become one of your favorites if it’s not already.
Check out this recipe
A bowl of colorful fattoush salad, featuring chopped veggies with lemon slices

Other Must-Try Recipes

Kousa Mahshi (Stuffed Grey Squash)

Easy Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Rashta (Irkak o Adas)

Vegan Cauliflower Tahini Bake

Ouzi Rice With Ground Beef

Middle Eastern Kidney Bean Beef Stew

Burghul Mujadara

Easy Vegetable Rice Pilaf

Authentic Palestinian Musakhan Recipe

Authentic Middle Eastern Chicken Shawarma

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