Summer Tomato Salad With Whipped Ricotta

whipped ricotta salad

It’s late August and summer tomatoes are in major abundance, all vine ripened and at the height of their flavor. Tomato salads have been a consent in my house, I’m either buying them or having them dropped off at my house by family or friends who have gardens of their own and their crop is overflowing. Believe me I’m not complaining, fall will be here before we know it!

There’s some salads that just stick out in your mind, I’ll be dreaming about this one in the dead of winter. What’s so special about this salad besides the vine ripened juicy heirlooms gracing the top, is that the base of this salad is a layer of whipped ricotta which has a hint of lemon zest and herbs folded into it.

tomatoes and ricotta

On top of the whipped ricotta there’s a salad layer of lemony arugula. One thing is certain, you must have crusty bread when you eat this! I’m telling you it’s a meal in itself!

whipping ricotta

You want to look for a dryer type ricotta, not one that has a lot of moisture, if that’s the only kind you can find then I would drain it for a couple of hours in a strainer.

Less than a minute in a food processor and the ricotta takes on a beautiful smooth consistency with a touch of olive oil drizzled in.

smooth ricotta

Parsley, basil and lemon zest was folded in for additional flavor.

tomatoes and whip ricotta

Slice up some colorful heirlooms and mix them in with other varieties and use the best extra virgin olive oil you have.

summer tomatoes and ricotta

I added some sliced red onion and olives to round it all out, it’s outrageous! Put this on a big platter and watch it disappear .

whipped ricotta

I hope you make this, but don’t forget the crusty bread please!

zucchini and whipped ricotta

If you find yourself with an abundance of zucchini, here’s another use for whipped ricotta, I did a post on this a while ago, zucchini ribbon salad with whipped ricotta.

Summer Tomato Salad With Whipped Ricotta
 
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Ingredients
  • A variety of summer heirloom tomatoes, sliced. Enough to cover the ricotta. A variety of colors makes a nice presentation
  • 2 cups ricotta, on the dryer side, if too wet drain it for a couple of hours
  • Good olive oil for drizzling and to add to the ricotta
  • the juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups arugula, roughly
  • sliced red onion
  • olives for plating
  • parsley and basil a heaping tablespoon each, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a loaf of crusty bread
Instructions
  1. FOR THE WHIPPED RICOTTA
  2. Place ricotta into the bowl of a food processor and add in 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of olive oil, process for 30 seconds, or until smooth.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Scoop out into a bowl and fold in the zest and chopped herbs.
  5. Toss the arugula with lemon juice and olive oil.
  6. Spread whipped ricotta mixture onto a platter, drizzle top with olive oil, then topped with arugula salad, sliced tomatoes, sliced onions.
  7. Sprinkle the tomatoes with salt, then a good drizzle of olive oil all over, place olives all around.
  8. Place slices of crusty bread all around the platter.

 

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Comments

  1. Your food is always so beautiful! But usually not too complicated for an amateur cook like me. Whenever I’m having a party or someone over for dinner, I look here first for ideas.

    Love your blog! Thanks for inspiring me always.

  2. This is so lovely. It’s something I would order in a restaurant, but never think to make it at home! Now I will, thanks!

  3. Cindy Macolini says

    My harvest ended in June (south Louisiana), but I’m saving this for next year!

  4. Love whipped ricotta and it sounds great as a base for your wonderfully fresh tomato salad.