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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Low Carb Arayes is a guilt-free take on traditional Palestinian meat-stuffed pitas. It is an easy and wholesome main dish ideal for low carb diet. This smart culinary creation spares the authentic taste and crunchiness of the traditional pita pockets!
Savor the allure of Middle Eastern cuisine with our Restaurant Style Chicken, featuring succulent chicken marinated in a blend of garlic, yogurt, spices, and olive oil, creating a symphony of flavours that will captivate your palate.
Awameh (Luqaimat) are Middle Eastern crispy donut balls. They’re crispy on the outside, airy and fluffy on the inside. Sweet, crunchy & soft! We love having them in Ramadan as they are the perfect post-iftar sweet treat.