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Whipped Ricotta and Arugula Salad

The base of this salad starts with a light airy whipped ricotta cheese then is topped with fresh arugula and cherry tomatoes tossed in a tangy basil walnut vinaigrette.

Whipped Ricotta & Arugula Salad

Bachelor in Paradise ended Monday night. (This is where my mama rolls her eyes over my love for reality shows.) I didn’t think I would care for it as much as the Bachelor and Bachelorette, but it drew me in of course.

I was expecting Lacy & Marcus to end up together – not get engaged though. I was a little surprised by Cody & Michelle getting together. And was definitely taken back that Sarah & Robert didn’t end up together – they were my favorite.

Even John watched a few episodes (don’t revoke his man card) he does it because he loves me of course. I know quite a few guys who watch these shows haha. But before you give him a hard time his favorite show that I was telling yall about is a western with lots of manly things cowboys, indians, railroad building, shoot ’em up kind of things – (man card reinstated).

Whipped Ricotta & Arugula Salad

I saw this salad on Food Network one morning. And it made me realized I had never made  anything with whipped cheese even though I have quite a few recipes calling for whipped goat cheese and whipped feta.

Besides the taste – the best part of this dish is the presentation. Isn’t it lovely?

Whipped Ricotta & Arugula Salad

Whipped Ricotta Salad with Basil Walnut Vinaigrette

Ingredients

Whipped Ricotta

  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts
  • 2 tablespoon white balsamic vinaigrette
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Salad

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 3 cups arugula

Instructions

  • Place the ricotta, olive oil, and salt in a food processor. Blend until smooth and light. Place aside.
  • Place all the dressing ingredients (except olive oil) in a food processor and pulse. While it is running drizzle in the olive oil until the dressing is incorporated.
  • Toss the arugula and tomatoes with the dressing.
  • Spread the whipped ricotta onto a platter then top with the rest of the salad.

Notes

Adapted from Giada de Laurentiis Whipped Ricotta Salad

 Menu for the Week

Turkey Fingers with Sweet Potatoes
Shrimp Boil
Baked Ziti with Caprese Salad
Dessert: Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen

Friday 19th of September 2014

Looks and sounds delicious Lauren! I'm a huge ran of whipped ricotta.

Sophia @ NY Foodgasm

Wednesday 10th of September 2014

It looks fantastic! I could eat this ALLLLLL!

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