Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “so pray to your Lord to bring out for us what the earth produces – its herbs and its cucumbers and its corn and its lentils and its garlic and its onions.” (Al-Baqarah: 61)
Vegetables contain many nutrients and antioxidants. So whenever you add new varieties of colored vegetables, the greater the benefits. Antioxidants play a role in protecting the cells of the body from harm and thus contribute to better health, especially during Ramadan. So, eat more fresh and refreshing vegetables and fruits in your salads, soups, and main dishes.
Here’s a recipe a healthy quinoa salad recipe with sweet potatoes that contains many vegetables.
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Sea salt and fresh black pepper, as desired
A cup of quinoa
2 cups of water (or chicken or vegetable broth)
1/2 a cup of fresh spinach leaves, cut large pieces
A large avocado, cut into small pieces
1/3 of a cup dried cranberries
Salad Dressing Ingredients:
4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
1/2 a teaspoon of dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 chopped garlic clove
1/2 a cup of olive oil
A Juice of 1 large lemon
1 tablespoon and a 1/2 dijon mustard
To learn how to prepare the dijon mustard, see the eleventh video from Ramadan series on my YouTube channel.
Preheat the oven to 425 ° (220 ° C). Place sweet potatoes on an oven tray and add olive oil, salt, and pepper as desired. Mix them and then put the oven tray in the oven for 15 minutes, turn the potato and leave it for 20 minutes or until it is cooked.
Wash the quinoa and cook it. Combine quinoa with water (or broth) in a small pot. Mix and boil for 15 minutes or until the quinoa is completely absorbed.
Then turn off the stove and leave the quinoa covered for 5 minutes. Remove the cap and fluff the quinoa with a fork.
Place the cooked quinoa and sweet potato in a large bowl and leave to cool.
Add the vinegar, dried mustard, dried thyme, dried basil, garlic, salt and pepper as desired in a small bowl. Add olive oil gradually while whisking, then add lemon juice.
Add spinach, cranberries, and avocados to the salad. Then add the salad dressing. It is best to eat this salad immediately. Enjoy it with your family.