Simple and perfect, this strawberry-and-ricotta dessert recipe dresses up the basic combination of strawberries and ricotta just a bit, but it's still quite unadorned, so make it when you have great strawberries. Part-skim ricotta is used to keep calories and saturated fat in check in this easy dessert, but for a real indulgence try it with whole-milk ricotta.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2013


Recipe Summary

35 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • If using vanilla bean, halve lengthwise. Using the tip of a small sharp knife, scrape the seeds from the pod into a medium bowl. Add honey, lemon juice and salt (and vanilla extract if not using a vanilla bean); whisk until well combined. Add strawberries and stir to combine. Let stand at room temperature for at least 15 minutes and up to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

  • Just before serving, combine ricotta and lemon zest in another bowl.

  • Taste the strawberry mixture; if it's too tart, add a little more honey. To serve, spoon 1/2 cup of the ricotta into each of 4 dessert bowls and top each with about 1/3 cup of the strawberries. Serve immediately.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare Step 1 up to 2 hours ahead.

Nutrition Facts

259 calories; protein 14.9g 30% DV; carbohydrates 28.4g 9% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 2.5g 10% DV; sugars 18.9g; fat 10.1g 16% DV; saturated fat 6.1g 31% DV; cholesterol 38.4mg 13% DV; vitamin a iu 490.8IU 10% DV; vitamin c 68.4mg 114% DV; folate 43.3mcg 11% DV; calcium 359.8mg 36% DV; iron 1.1mg 6% DV; magnesium 33.7mg 12% DV; potassium 337.4mg 10% DV; sodium 161.1mg 6% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 5% DV; added sugar 13g.

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Rating: 1 stars
Was it me??? This was horrible! I don't know if my berries were too ripe or my vanilla was too much on the alcohol side but the syrup smelled and tasted like cough syrup. I took one bite dumped it out - my husband ate his though I'm not sure how. Would love to see some other reviews to see if I just goofed it up. Pros: quick most ingredients on hand Cons: taste... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I love this dessert! I've had this dessert for the last three nights. My husband and I absolutely love it. I did add a little sugar to the ricotta to sweeten it up a bit (tsp) and used less honey on my strawberries. Also went a little lighter on the vanilla. It tastes like a cake filling. Pros: Easy Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I used vanilla bean rather than extract and It was good. Perhaps this recipe really doesn't work well with extract. Read More