Balsamic-Basil Strawberries with Spiced Ricotta Cream

June 27, 2012

In honor of my birthday, you get this recipe! I made this easy summer dessert the other night, and I fell in love. It is so simple and yet really addictive. Even if you think it sounds weird, promise me that you will give it a try. You may be surprised…just like me!

You will need:

  • 1 c fresh ricotta cheese (you could probably used non-fresh, but fresh is extra delicious)
  • 3 T honey
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1/4 t cinnamon
  • 3 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T sugar
  • 16 oz fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 2 T fresh basil, chopped

Then you will…

  1. Blend together the ricotta, honey, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before eating.
  2. In a small sauce pan, combine the balsamic and sugar. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 2 minutes. Cool completely.
  3. Pour the balsamic syrup over the strawberries and toss to coat. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir the basil into the strawberries before serving.
  5. Serve with the spiced honey ricotta cream. Yumm!


  1. Happy Day to you, child. Wish I had this recipe Monday when Dad and I shared some sliced strawberries. Looks wonderful. Momm

  2. Just went strawberry picking, so maybe I’ll guve this a try! Happy birthday!

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