Herbed Lemon Ricotta Dip

Herbed Lemon Ricotta Dip @EclecticEveryday

June is Dairy month, and it’s time to celebrate all things wholesome, nutritious and located in the Dairy aisle.  There are countless recipe possibilities located in the dairy aisle.  From savory cheesy recipes, to creamy sweet treats with fresh whipped cream, the dairy aisle has got it.  In my ongoing partnership with the NFRA, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite snack recipes this month that include items from the dairy aisle.

The past two weeks I’ve been thinking of new things I can make for my son as a snack, because his summer vacation has already started. And because I still have to work in the mornings, he’s been playing outside or chasing the dog around when I’m busy. That makes him super hungry, and he’s constantly going to the fridge to look for a snack.

Herbed Lemon Ricotta Dip @EclecticEveryday

For veggie dips, I usually do some sort of hummus, but we needed to change it up a bit. So I found a few recipes for herbed ricotta dip and thought it would make the perfect filling and nutritious afternoon snack to keep us satisfied until dinner time.

To make this dip, I just started with a  container of ricotta and went to my garden to pick some fresh herbs. I choose basil, oregano and Italian parsley, but you can use any combination of fresh herbs you have on hand. To really brighten up this dip, I added lemon zest and juice. It makes this dip taste so fresh and beautiful. I also added some olive oil and garlic for extra flavor. I love garlic, and add it to everything. Add more or less to this dip depending on your own tastes.

Herbed Lemon Ricotta Dip @EclecticEveryday

Herbed Lemon Ricotta Dip @EclecticEveryday

Herbed Lemon Ricotta Dip @EclecticEveryday

Herbed Lemon Ricotta Dip

Ingredients:

1 - 15 oz container Sargento Ricotta Cheese
2 cloves garlic, grated or diced very fine
1 tablespoon freshly chopped basil
1 tablespoon freshly chopped Italian parsley
1 teaspoon freshly chopped oregano
the zest from one lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 - 3 teaspoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
assorted vegetables for dipping

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well to combine.

Serve with fresh vegetables or crackers.

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21 Responses to “Herbed Lemon Ricotta Dip”

  1. 1
    Brenda@SugarFreeMom — June 16, 2014 @ 9:14 am

    I love this dip, love ricotta and fresh herbs, a win!

  2. 2

    Oooh – I’ve seen sweet ricotta dips but never a savory one. I love how simple this is and versatile too

  3. 3
    Ginny McMeans — June 16, 2014 @ 12:28 pm

    My family (including extented family) will love this!

  4. 4
    Martha @ A Family Feast — June 16, 2014 @ 12:48 pm

    This is so my kind of recipe! Love ricotta and all of the wonderful flavors you’ve added to this dip!

  5. 5
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — June 16, 2014 @ 1:14 pm

    I can imagine doing so many different things with this!! What a great dip!!

  6. 6

    Perfect. This is perfect.

  7. 7
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — June 16, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

    I’ll have to try this one on my daughter. She’s super picky about certain things and HATES hummus. Sad for me but this she might like!

  8. 8
    Kim Beaulieu — June 16, 2014 @ 7:31 pm

    I can’t wait to try this. It’s sheer perfection. Love that used lemon and herbs. Takes it to the next level.

  9. 9
    Amanda ( The Kitcheneer) — June 16, 2014 @ 8:05 pm

    Such a great dip idea!! I will be happily dipping my veggies in this!

  10. 10
    christine — June 16, 2014 @ 10:04 pm

    Oh wow, I love the sounds of this. It looks so fresh and delicious. I’m totally pinning and making!

  11. 11
    Elizabeth @ Food Ramblings — June 17, 2014 @ 10:22 am

    Yum! I’m excited to make this instead of the normal french onion I serve with chips and veggies!

  12. 12
    Angela {Mind Over Batter} — June 17, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

    Oh, yum! I love ricotta cheese and I truly dig fresh herbs. This dip sounds so fresh, bright and delicious! I love the addition of lemon juice and zest here. Such a bright addition to an already perfect dip! I’d dip my veggies here all summer long!

  13. 13

    What a wonderful idea for dip. I love the freshness of it!

  14. 14
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — June 17, 2014 @ 2:37 pm

    I’d love to try out this dip! I just want to reach into the screen and dip some carrots into it!

  15. 15
    Rose | The Clean Dish — June 17, 2014 @ 5:48 pm

    I love every. Single. Ingredient!! It’s simple and healthy – I *love* it!
    We also need a change of pace from our go-to hummus dip. Thanks for sharing!

  16. 16
    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — June 17, 2014 @ 6:07 pm

    Ricotta is so underrated. I love the look of this!

  17. 17
    Nutmeg Nanny — June 17, 2014 @ 11:38 pm

    This looks great! Until I had good ricotta I used to think the stuff was gross. Now that I know what good ricotta tastes like I want this dip!

  18. 18
    valmg @ From Val's Kitchen — June 18, 2014 @ 7:43 am

    I don’t care for hummus. This looks really good, I’d be happy to see this at any gathering over hummus any day.

  19. 19
    Susan — June 18, 2014 @ 7:46 am

    Considering I will sometimes eat fresh ricotta by the spoonful, I love this dip!

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