This ricotta herb spread might be the delicious, protein snack you’re looking for!
I love this spread on crackers, crisp breads or fresh artisan bread but it’s also great as a dip for veggies or as a filling for wraps or pitas. Whether it’s for a quick lunch or as an appetizer for guests, this ricotta herb spread will not disappoint.
I’m going to jump right in with the recipe which combines Ricotta Cheese and cream cheese. If you’re curious about the difference between ricotta, cottage and cream cheese be sure to read through to the end of the article.
Recipe for Ricotta Herb Spread
- 2/3 cup Ricotta Cheese
- 1/3 cup cream cheese
- 1/2 Tbsp finely chopped chives or green onions
- 1 Tbsp finely chopped parsley
- 1/2 Tbsp finely chopped dill
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- salt to taste
- Drain liquid from ricotta cheese.
- In small bowl, combine all ingredients using the back of a fork or spoon against the side of the bowl, until well blended and smooth.
- Taste and adjust seasoning.
- Store in a tightly sealed container for 2 to 4 days in the fridge.
Ricotta Cheese Vs Cottage Cheese Vs Cream Cheese
Ricotta, cottage and cream cheese are all mild tasting fresh cheeses that can be used for sweet or savory dishes. Each is made a little differently so they each have a slightly different texture and nutrient content. For full nutrient break down check the nutrition data on your favorite brands. I’m just giving you the general info.
Cream cheese – the smoothest and creamiest of the three, super spreadable
Ricotta cheese – fine, slightly gritty texture
Cottage cheese – lumpiest and most liquidy texture with large cheese curds.
Cream Cheese – Highest calories, fat, sugar, and sodium and fewer vitamins and minerals (except Vitamin A and B12) of all three.
Ricotta Cheese – Highest fat and protein with the least amount of salt and sugar. Of the three it’s also highest in calcium, phospohorous, selenium and riboflavin.
Cottage cheese – Lowest in calories and fat with more salt and sugar and fewer nutrients than Ricotta cheese.
What’s most important to you?
For the optimum in taste, spreadability, texture and nutrients, I combined the smooth, creamy texture of cream cheese with the nutrient rich elements of Ricotta cheese to make a tasty Ricotta Herb Spread. It’s like a healthy, homemade version of Boursin cheese.
I love it best on a couple of crisp breads sprinkled with toasted pepitas, sunflower and hemp seeds. Served with a side of fresh veggies. Lunch fit for a queen!
My family thinks putting seeds on sandwiches is weird. I think it’s brilliant. It’s something I picked up from a local restaurant that featured a nuts and seeds open faced sandwich. After the first time I tried it, I loved it and would never order anything else. That restaurant is now gone but the nuts and seeds sandwich lives on forever!
How will you enjoy your Ricotta Herb Spread? Keep me posted. When you this recipe, write me a note or post a photo on Instagram with #getgettys so I can see it and like it!
Sign up to get articles by Getty delivered to your inbox. You’ll get recipes, practical tips and great food information like this. Getty is a Professional Home Economist, speaker and writer putting good food on tables and agendas. She is the author of Manitoba’s best-selling Prairie Fruit Cookbook, Founder of Fruit Share, a mom and veggie gardener.