This simple dip provides a great vehicle to showcase some of your highest quality ingredients. The best ricotta is made from sheep’s milk (if you have a choice). And be sure to use your best quality olive oil – even better if you have lemon olive oil in your pantry. You just can’t get enough lemon in this spread (it’s even pictured in a lemon bowl!). It may seem like there’s a lot of pepper but it gives the dip some spiciness. This goes well with both veggies and pita chips. Or try it on top of fish (as a friend suggested) or pasta.

Did you know that ricotta means “re-cooked?” It’s not actually cheese, but the creamy curd by-product of cheese that has been cooked twice.

Lemon-Thyme Ricotta Dip



Lemon-Thyme Ricotta Dip
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: Makes 2 cups
  • 1-15-ounce container part-skim ricotta
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil or lemon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Serve with: fresh vegetables and pita chips
  1. Combine ricotta, 2 tablespoons thyme, chives, lemon zest, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of olive oil, pepper and salt in a food processor, Vitamix or blender. Purée for a few seconds until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a serving bowl and swirl the top with the back of a spoon. Drizzle with remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil and sprinkle with thyme.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for an hour for flavors to blend. Can be prepared a day in advance.


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2014-10-01T12:18:25+00:00 October 1st, 2014|Categories: Appetizers|Tags: , , , , , , , , |4 Comments


  1. Geoff T October 1, 2014 at 10:19 am - Reply

    I prefer to stir this by hand and then put it in the oven at 350 to get it nice an warm!

    • Nicole October 1, 2014 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      Geoff – Great suggestion! I will have to try it warm.

  2. David October 2, 2014 at 11:34 am - Reply

    This sounds terrific. Will make for our dinner club next week!

    • Nicole October 6, 2014 at 7:17 am - Reply

      Perfect! Love to hear how it’s received.

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