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Embracing the spring and early summer produce with this easy Whipped Ricotta Toast with Marinated Tomatoes and Lemon Thyme Honey. Grilled sourdough bread and creamy whipped ricotta cheese served up with herb-marinated tomatoes and a salty-sweet lemon thyme honey sauce. This is the simplest of appetizers, yet so amazingly GOOD. Enjoy for brunch, a quick (and easy) lunch, or as a simple appetizer for your next spring or summer gathering.

Whipped Ricotta Toast with Marinated Tomatoes and Lemon Thyme Honey | halfbakedharvest.com

I’m so excited about this recipe. This is one of those recipes that’s so simple, yet so delicious. Perfect for so many occasions. Everything from a quick lunch to an easy appetizer for your next spring-summer gathering. And it is so very versatile too!

When I looked at the calendar the other day, I was shocked that we’re already into the final weeks of May. Memorial Day is truly just around the corner, and with Memorial Day comes the unofficial start to summer.

So crazy, right? Just like you guys, I’m pretty excited for summer and all the longer warmer days ahead! Our weather here in the mountains is still looking pretty gloomy. But I know the summer days are just around the corner!

Whipped Ricotta Toast with Marinated Tomatoes and Lemon Thyme Honey | halfbakedharvest.com

And with the warmer longer days comes outdoor picnics and Memorial Day festivities. No summer party is complete without a good appetizer or two. Therefore, I wanted to share something new and simple, that’s easy to throw together, and of course, delicious too.

With a loaf of sourdough in the pantry and fresh cherry tomatoes sitting on the counter, this whipped ricotta toast quickly came to mind. Yes…simple, yet show-stopping at the same time.

It’s probably my favorite “recipe” of the week.

Whipped Ricotta Toast with Marinated Tomatoes and Lemon Thyme Honey | halfbakedharvest.com

The details are simple, start with those tomatoes

I went back and forth on what to serve this ricotta toast with, cherry tomatoes or fresh berries. At the end of the day, I still couldn’t make up my mind. So I mixed up a quick batch of my favorite marinated tomatoes and served both the tomatoes and a handful of fresh berries with the toast.

For the tomatoes, I simply toss them with olive oil, balsamic, garlic, basil, thyme, salt, and pepper. One of my favorite mixes.

And for the berries, well they can be served up just as is. I love any berry, but strawberries and blueberries work best with the flavors within the tomatoes. Totally an optional addition, but delicious if you love a sweet and savory flavor.

Whipped Ricotta Toast with Marinated Tomatoes and Lemon Thyme Honey | halfbakedharvest.com

Now that lemon thyme honey…

Ah, my favorite sauce, especially with creamy whipped ricotta. It adds a sweet and savory element that pairs well with the creamy ricotta cheese. It’s really all the toast needs.

Whipped Ricotta Toast with Marinated Tomatoes and Lemon Thyme Honey | halfbakedharvest.com

Now finish it up…

Whip the ricotta in a food processor or blender until creamy. Grill the bread with olive oil until it’s toasted and lightly charring on the edges.

I love to serve the creamy ricotta drizzled with the honey, and then the toast and tomatoes on the side. Everyone can make up their own toast this way and it saves the bread from ever becoming soggy.

Whipped Ricotta Toast with Marinated Tomatoes and Lemon Thyme Honey | halfbakedharvest.com

Alternately, you can spread the ricotta over the toast and top with the tomatoes, then serve the toast up crostini style on a platter. Either way, it’s going to be great!

And lastly, while tomatoes are my go-to for this, all fresh fruits, and especially fruit jams, would be delicious too.

Oh, and peaches will be amazing once they come into season next month. YUM!

So you see, this is a very adaptable recipe. It’s great for summer entertaining, a light lunch, or just a simple afternoon snack. And yes, I will be making this for both Memorial Day and Father’s Day…and then all summer long!

Whipped Ricotta Toast with Marinated Tomatoes and Lemon Thyme Honey | halfbakedharvest.com

Looking for other spring and summer appetizers? Here are a few…

Marinated Goat Cheese Strawberry Crostini

Peach Brie Pastry Tarts with Peppered Rosemary Honey

Marinated Cherry Tomatoes with Burrata + Toast

Lastly, if you make this Whipped Ricotta Toast with Marinated Tomatoes and Lemon Thyme Honey, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Whipped Ricotta Toast with Marinated Tomatoes and Lemon Thyme Honey

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 364 kcal

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Ingredients

Marinated Tomatoes

Lemon Thyme Honey

Ricotta + Toast

  • 1 loaf sourdough bread, sliced
  • 2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese
  • fresh berries, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • 1. To make the tomatoes. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper. Let sit 10-15 minutes or up to overnight in the fridge. Bring to room temp before serving.
    2. To make the honey. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar. Season with salt and black pepper.
    3. Whip the ricotta in a food processor until smooth and creamy. Season with salt. The ricotta can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
    4. When ready to serve, preheat your grill to high heat or preheat your oven to 400° F. Place the bread on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil on both sides of each slice, season with salt. Place the bread on the grill and grill both for about 2-3 minutes per side or until lightly toasted. Remove from the grill.
    5. Spread the ricotta over the bread. Top with tomatoes, honey, and berries, if desired.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is my new favorite appetizer! It was so easy and really delicious!! I love that I could prepare everything ahead of time. I made it with the tomatoes for guests but I’m eating the leftover ricotta and lemon honey with sliced nectarines! Yum!

    1. Hey Karen,
      Wonderful! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed and I appreciate you giving it a try! xTieghan

  2. 4 stars
    I just made this for visitors and we really liked it! But I was wondering what other herb I could use next time instead of thyme – I thought the thyme was a little overpowering. Also is there anything I could add to the whipped ricotta to give it little “zip”? I am so happy I found Half-Baked Harvest. Laurie Dickinson

    1. Hey Laurie,
      Awesome! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it. You can really use any herbs that you enjoy, the honey should add some flavoring to your whipped ricotta. Have the best week! xTieghan

    1. Hey Bethany,
      For something like this I think fresh is best:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    This was amazing!!Thank you! I’m excited to share this with my dearest loved ones! Living in Hawaii, I was able to use fresh mango inside the marinated tomato mixture! A must try. xo

    1. Hey Katie,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have a great week:) xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    Love this recipe able to use the stuff from my garden to make it. It is a hit to bring to parties!

    1. Hey Sharon,
      Wonderful! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan

  5. This is my new “go to” summer appetizer recipe. I have made it and brought it to my book club pot luck, neighborhood cocktail party, and just for fun. Each time, everyone wants the recipe. It is so delicious! The flavors are wonderful and it is a refreshing change. Love every bite!

    1. Hey! When you take it to parties, then you are taking the toast at room temp (not warmed), right? And does it keep better all separated or did you do the crostini style and take it with everything already on the toast? Worries about cold and soggy… thx!

      1. Hey Catherine,
        If you are taking this elsewhere I would use store bought bagel chips or something along those lines, the homemade toast will become soggy. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Julie,
      I like Organic Valley brand. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  6. This looks so fantastic! I’m making it tomorrow and can’t wait to try it. My sweet teenager went to the store for me to pick up the ricotta and he came home with cottage cheese instead. Do you think I could drain the cottage cheese in a sieve and then use in place of the ricotta?

    1. Hey Ashley,
      I’ve never tried this with cottage cheese, I would just make sure you get it super smooth! I hope you enjoy the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  7. This now our go to summer appetizer. My husband is obsessed. Do you use a block of fresh ricotta or the one that comes in a container?

    1. Hey Beth,
      Happy Thursday! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! I like to use block feta. xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! The thyme honey makes it extra special…Will defintely be making this again – great appetiser…thankyou for yet another delicious recipe 🙂

    1. Hey Katy,
      Awesome! I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Annette,
      Awesome! I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Angie,
      Fantastic! I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe, thanks so much for making it! Happy Friday:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Ginger,
      Awesome!! I am thrilled that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan

  9. Could I use Maple syrup instead? We can’t used honey bc of my sons allergies and Thai sounds so delicious

    1. Hey Anna,
      Sure, maple syrup will work just fine here! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  10. 5 stars
    I made this last night for my girls night and it was delicious! Everyone wanted the recipe. This will be my new favorite appetizer.

  11. 5 stars
    This was so creative and so delicious. I grabbed The fresh thyme and basil I needed from our little herb garden in a pot out front, and whipped the whole thing up in just a few minutes. I would never have thought to combine these flavors like this but definitely will again! Thank you for the idea!

  12. Any alternative for the ricotta if I don’t have a food processor? (I have a kitchen aid mixer and an immersion blender.)

    1. Hey Susan,
      I would go ahead and use your mixer! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  13. 5 stars
    Saw this recipe last night and couldnt wait to make it so I had it for breakfast this morning and loveddd it! So easy to make and so tasty. My new favorite! Thank you!!

    1. Hey Lola,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so delighted that it was enjoyed! Have a great week:) xTieghan

  14. This was so so good! Super easy and absolutely delicious…definitely going to make again! Thanks for another yummy recipe!😊

    1. Hey Aggie,
      I am so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try! Happy Sunday! xTieghan

  15. This is sooooooooo good. We always marinate tomatoes, but I never would have thought to whip ricotta. We also have some fabulous local honey, so that was a bonus. Now, this whipped ricotta makes me think lasagna. I almost never add ricotta, because it’s “gritty”, that is probably not a problem now. Thanks

    1. Hey Nina,
      Happy Saturday! Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  16. I’m not sure I understand how to whip the ricotta, I’ve never done that. Just in the food processor? For how long? Will the ricotta… Change in some way? Just get really smooth or will it grow in volume, like with whipped cream. I’m excited to try this, thanks!

    1. Hey Kelly,
      Yup, you will just whip in the food processor, it will become nice and creamy like the photos. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  17. 5 stars
    This is AMAZING!! We are in lockdown due to the 3rd wave of Covid and I was looking for a way to bring a smile to my family’s face and this was it. I did not have sour dough but I did have some leftover baguette so I sliced that and toasted it using my homemade roasted garlic olive oil. I also added some of the honey mix to the ricotta. This is such a keeper in my recipe rotation. Thank you!!

    1. Hey Monica,
      Happy Saturday! Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad it was enjoyed! xTieghan

    1. Hey Nancy,
      So that when you are ready to bake the bread, your oven will be at the correct temperature. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Ellen,
      Sure, I think that would be fantastic! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  18. 5 stars
    Just made your whipped Ricotta with the tomato balsamic marinate on toasted sourdough … a big hit 👍

    1. Hey Sylvia,
      Happy Friday! I’m so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a try! xTieghan

  19. will be making this soon can i use vegan ricotta as am dairy free perfect for my after office snacks and home snacks while i work on computer and phone will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

      1. Hey Ellen,
        Yes, I think goat cheese would also work well here. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan