Greetings and the best wishes for a fruitful and blessed Ramadan to you all! So begins the holy month of Islam, whereupon lengthy days of fasting (yes that does mean no water either) are coupled with nights of prayer, gratitude and reflection (and some eating as well). At first glance you might say this comes at the most inopportune of moments, while I am in the midst of transporting my self and my worldly belongings to the opposite coast, a time that would by general consensus require a great deal of energy. Oh but how can we find energy when we can’t have a morsel of sustenance throughout the day?? As exhausting as it is (and as
grumpy, curmudgeonly, demonesque, slightly irritable as I get), this is the time for utmost reflection and strenghtening of what lies within, and that type of strength far outreaches the mere physical variety (well, it should, at least). In other words, I’m hoping to be blessed with more peace of mind and a heart full of gratitude and calmness, the better to attend to the next few weeks of encroaching madness. In the process I also hope to extend that level of gratitude in sharing with those less fortunate. What better place than a food blog then to share the hopefully eventual food-giving exploits of charitability? I do hope I have the chance to write up on something of that nature when the time comes.
But I digress. We begin Ramadan, so I begin with a recent salad the husband dubbed something along the lines of Ginger Soy Sunrise Salad (Unfortunately the full cheesy title escapes me now, but you catch the drift). Because we get up to eat before the sun rises, this thematically falls in line with that. However if you’re to enjoy it in the evening, you might choose to dub it a Sunset salad, since that’s when the breaking of the fast commences. No matter the title, the salad is refreshing and sharp with just the right crunch and kick of spice. And it truly is a wake up call for your energy, with the hint of ginger and the morning-esque value of boiled eggs. Plus, sunflower seeds just kind of fit the title all the more. I’ve made it a few times since, each with variations which I will include below. And so, Ramadan Mubarak and consider this salad for a protein rich but light dinner piece.
Ingredients (Serves 2 people comfortably)
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 1 inch ginger, finely chopped
- 3-4 small green chili peppers (Indian variety), chopped
- Romaine leaves and baby arugula mixed, rinsed and dried
- 1 cucumber
- 1 green onion
- Sunflower seeds
- 3 eggs, boiled, yolks removed
- Toasted noodles (take top ramen or maggi noodles for example, uncooked, and toaste in a pan until golden brown and easy to crunch and munch)
- Fresh mozzarella cheese, chopped
- substitute honey for agave nectar
- cooked chickpeas
- toasted slivered almonds
Begin boiling your three eggs until firmly cooked (about 9 minutes). Once done, peel them (under cold water of course!) slice in half and remove and discard the yolks. Dice up whites roughly into small chunks and bits and set aside.
In a bowl, mix the olive oil, sesame oil, honey, lemon juice, soy sauce, chopped ginger and green chilies, mixing vigorously until incorporated. Taste and adjust flavors to your liking, and set aside.
In a large salad bowl, add salad leaves and top off with the cucumber, green onions, sunflower seeds, egg whites, and any other variation you prefer. Lightly drizzle about 2/3 of the salad dressing around, and mix/toss the salad ingredients. Add remaining dressing as needed, or set aside to drizzle in your own plate once served.
Add crushed black pepper as a garnish, serve and enjoy! I was heartily surprised how well the egg whites tasted in this mixture. I was also pleased with how fresh mozzarella tasted when I tried that out. So don’t be afraid to experiment. I wanted some protein sans any carbs this particular day so we drummed this. I have to say, the bite of chili was the best sudden surprise of them all! Remember you can remove the seeds and veins inside if you prefer less heat… but come on, how else are you going to wake up? 😉