4 popular Ramadan salads

After a long day of fasting, serving your family a light iftar salad that will not overwhelm the body is a great idea. The best Ramadan salads have many delicious elements of texture and flavor that allow you to customize each one and express your creativity through food! Because of their colorful look and lightness, they make for a wonderful addition to your iftar table because they serve as a brightening counterpoint to main dishes. Treat your family to these brilliant, refreshing salads to start your iftar feast. Make it even more special by including your family in the prep of these simple salads. Whether you decide to make it a team effort or a solo act, let your creativity shine through in these veggie-based delights.

1. Arugula Salad

A perfect Ramadan salad to serve your family after a long day of fasting is Arugula Salad. This traditional Middle Eastern arugula salad with walnuts and pomegranate seeds is colorful and filled with vibrant flavors that will give everyone much-needed energy! Combining spicy arugula leaves, sweet-sour pomegranate seeds, mild avocado, and salty Puck feta cheese makes this salad an incredibly tasty side dish to other traditional dishes like eggplant fatteh and potato kibbeh.

The rich balsamic vinaigrette dressing that goes over this salad perfectly balances the slight spiciness of the arugula. The avocado and walnuts add wonderful textures – both creamy and crunchy. Share some of these energetic flavors with your family by serving up this bright salad and prep everyone for the feast that follows.

2. Chicken Caesar Salad With Feta Cheese

Another great Ramadan salad recipe is our Chicken Caesar Salad with Feta Cheese. Made with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado, this salad is crisp and refreshing. Topping it with tender chicken breast makes this a salad that can be enjoyed as a main course. With creamy Puck feta cheese, crunchy homemade bread croutons, and its tangy signature dressing flavored with anchovies, capers, pickles, and lemon juice, our twist on this classic makes this a wonderfully sustaining salad that the whole family will love.

3. Quinoa Salad With Feta

Teamwork makes the dream work with this delicious Quinoa Salad with Feta and Roasted Vegetables. The ingredients work together to create a flavorful, nourishing dish full of love (much like you and your family members during a cozy iftar meal). Quinoa, which has a lovely toasty flavor, is the star of the dish. This hearty Ramadan salad also features creamy butternut squash, crisp red bell pepper, spicy red onion, and refreshing zucchini to create a truly tasty team. Oven-roasting these vegetables with garlic and oregano allows them to become slightly caramelized and makes them even more scrumptious. The salty, tangy Puck feta cheese complements and balances the sweetness of the vegetables and the honey vinaigrette wonderfully. If you have teens in the house, calling on them to help you chop the veggies and cook the quinoa is a great way to teach them some cooking basics while creating more precious family moments together.

4. Watermelon Salad With Cheese

Another excellent salad for Ramadan is our Watermelon Salad with Cheese. Made with fresh watermelon, tomatoes, and cucumber, this Ramadan salad is sure to be a refreshing family favorite that will revive everyone after a long day of fasting.

Flavored with Puck salty feta cheese, aromatic coriander, citrusy lime, and a bit of red chili, this dish has a complex flavor profile that relies on the wonderful combination of sweet and salty. Try this salad as an appetizer to wake up your tastebuds and prepare your family for the heartier dishes to come.

Enjoy a Ramadan Salad as a snack or light meal at iftar

Our easy-to-follow iftar salad recipes help inspire you to prepare great dishes to serve as appetizers, light meals, or side dishes in your own special way. Since they are all quite quick and simple to make, you can even prepare a few different ones ahead of time—ensuring that you’ll have plenty of time to gather around an array of iftar delights alongside your loved ones. You can even turn your prep time into family time by involving your spouse and kids in some of the simple steps to create these bright and delightful salads.

As a side dish, a colorful Ramadan salad pairs perfectly with traditional Ramadan soups. The contrast between fresh, crispy salads and smooth, creamy soups is delightful and makes for a wonderful iftar meal for you and your family.

You can also easily serve your salad of choice with one of our easy-to-prepare iftar dishes, many of which are deliciously cheesy and would benefit from a bright, vibrant side dish. To make a salad a stand-alone meal, you might serve it with slices of flatbread and a combination of different dips such as Hummus or Mutabbal. No matter what combination you pick, it will surely be enjoyed by the whole family, because you make it special.

If you are looking for something sweet to enjoy after your iftar meal, you should check out our Ramadan desserts to learn more about how best to enjoy sweet treats during the Holy Month. Use these as a starting point and put your own spin on any of these dishes, because you and your creative ways are what makes Ramadan meals so special for your family.