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Summer Salad with Herbed Ricotta and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Summer Salad with Herbed Ricotta and Balsamic Vinaigrette - a simple salad with heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers and radishes, all drizzled with a simple balsamic vinaigrette and a dollop of herbed ricotta!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: heirloom tomatoes, summer, summer salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 139kcal

Ingredients

For Herbed Ricotta

  • 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 basil leaves chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme chopped

For Salad

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • 1 pound heirloom tomatoes cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1/2 English cucumber sliced
  • 6 radishes sliced
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 1 serrano pepper chopped
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon oregano leaves

Instructions

  • In a small bowl combine the ricotta cheese with the basil, fresh oregano and thyme. Set aside.
  • In another small bowl whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • Arrange the tomato slices, cucumber, radishes and onion on a large platter then drizzle with the dressing. Season with salt and pepper if needed, then top with serrano peppers and dollop ricotta mixture evenly over the tomato slices.
  • Garnish with fresh basil and oregano.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

  1. Regular tomatoes will do if you can't find heirloom.
  2. You can use jalapeños in place of the Serrano, or leave them out completely if you don't like spice.
  3. This salad can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 days. Unfortunately you can’t freeze this salad as the integrity of the veggies will be completely gone when it thaws, resulting in a big bowl of mush.
  4. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 395mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1190IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg