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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 157.0
  • Total Fat: 5.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 19.1 mg
  • Sodium: 84.1 mg
  • Total Carbs: 23.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.1 g
  • Protein: 7.6 g

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Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream

Introduction

Strawberries are combined with tangy and sweet balsamic vinegar and creamy ricotta in this quick and simple dessert. Strawberries are combined with tangy and sweet balsamic vinegar and creamy ricotta in this quick and simple dessert.
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
    1 tablespoon honey
    1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon brown sugar
    1 pound strawberries, hulled* and quartered
    1 tablespoon fresh basil, cut into fine ribbons

    *To hull a strawberry, remove the stem and leaves.

Tips

Use Chef Meg's homemade ricotta recipe (it's easy!) and local honey for even more flavor.
Since there are so few ingredients in this recipe, be sure to choose the highest quality possible. When choosing a ricotta, look for one that does not contain any stabilizers or gums, which will give the cheese a grainy texture.


Directions

Place the ricotta in a medium bowl or the bowl of a food processor. Add the honey and vanilla. Process for 1 minute (or mix using a hand mixer) until the ricotta is smooth.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Meanwhile, combine the vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, then cook for three minutes.
Transfer to a medium bowl and allow to cool completely.
Once cool, gently stir in the strawberries and basil.
Layer the strawberries and ricotta into four glasses and serve immediately.
Garnish with additional basil, if desired.







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  • Incredible!
    81 of 85 people found this review helpful
    Skip the ricotta mix -it's grainy and altogether odd. Top the strawberry/basil/vinegar with Yoplait honey vanilla Greek yogurt. It will blow your mind, and that yogurt has twice the protein of most yogurts plus has no High Fructose Corn Syrup. Don't skip the basil - it really adds something special. - 6/1/10

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  • Very Good
    51 of 51 people found this review helpful
    This was great, loved the basalmic vinegar and basil with the strawberries. I found the ricotta to be somewhat grainy though and might try it with mascarpone. - 9/16/09

    Reply from CHEF_MEG (9/16/09)
    Commercial ricotta is somewhat grainy because of the stabilizers used in the product. I make my own sometimes and would be happy to share the recipe!


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  • 28 of 30 people found this review helpful
    Low fat Greek yogurt is good too! - 12/3/09

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  • Incredible!
    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
    I wasn't sure about the basil as I was chopping it but it really adds something! I added in blueberries as well! - 12/5/09

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  • Incredible!
    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
    YUMMY!! Tried the recipe with low fat greek yogurt instead of the ricotta. Wow! - 1/30/10

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  • O.K.
    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
    This recipe sounded good so I doubled the recipe and divided into 11 glass serving dishes for a dinner party. Unfortunately, my guests found the ricotta too grainy and the flavour combinations too strange for their tastes. I ate mine but wouldn't make it again. - 12/15/09

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  • 13 of 14 people found this review helpful
    I liked the ricotta cream very much, but the balsamic sauce was a little strong. I've had balsamic vinegar on strawberries before and wasn't a big fan. Most importantly, as for the GRAINY TEXTURE, I used my stick blender and the texture was very SMOOTH! - 3/3/10

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  • Very Good
    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
    I thought it was very good and low in calories. The kids didn't care for the texture of the ricotta cheese. They said it was like eating dirt lol. I personally thought it was very good. I didn't know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. - 12/6/09

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  • 11 of 15 people found this review helpful
    Is your homemade ricotta recipe on the site (couldn't find it?)
    If not, could you share it, please? - 1/26/10

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  • Very Good
    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
    Delicious. It's good to have the next day for lunch too. Just enough sweet to satisfy cravings :) - 9/4/09

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  • 8 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Here is the link to Chef Meg's Ricotta Cheese Recipe

    http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de
    tail.asp?recipe=1111690 You can also click on her name to go to her page of recipes to find it on that page. - 3/25/10

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  • 8 of 16 people found this review helpful
    My daugher would love this recipe. Cant wait to try it but I think I would also try mascarpone or even a half and half mixture with cottage cheese. - 12/3/09

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  • Very Good
    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! I wish the recipe for the homemade ricotta was included here though. I used store bought and there was a hint of graininess. But all in all it was very good. - 1/28/10

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Had strawberries with Balsamic vinegar in an expensive San Francisco restaurant, long time ago. Loved it ever since, and will make it again while the strawberries are in season. - 12/3/09

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  • 6 of 8 people found this review helpful
    This sounds amazing! Found a homemade ricotta recipe: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/00028
    2.html
    Does anyone have a great recipe for homemade ricotta/ - 12/3/09

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  • O.K.
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Yes, the ricotta is very grainy and frankly, pretty bland. I added a tsp or so of splenda to my son's serving and he still wouldn't eat it. I ate it but won't make it this way again. I will try it next time with greek yogurt as suggested, maybe try fat free cream cheese too. - 4/5/10

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  • 5 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Please share your recipie for making Ricotta. I would love it - 1/19/10

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  • 5 of 7 people found this review helpful
    hi where can I find your recipe for the homemade ricotta? I've seen several people ask for it. Help! Thanks. Kathy - 12/3/09

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  • 4 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I think this would be good wrapped in a crepe. - 1/18/10

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  • Very Good
    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Great for a romantic dinner.
    The more strawberries...the more lovin'. - 12/16/09

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  • 4 of 8 people found this review helpful
    If you don't have a food processor, you can use a hand mixer, or even a plain old spoon and bowl to mix the ingredients. Really, sometimes necessity is the moter of invention, or just think of the things we used before all the electric inventions...they still work, only they take a little longer - 12/3/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    There is a big difference between brands of ricotta. I did a little research on what the others liked as well and Polly-O seems to be the winner hands down. - 12/29/10

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  • 3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Hi Chef Meg, thanks for sharing all your recipes with us. My husband could care less about dieting, but since I have now been following your recipes he has been complementing me on my cooking abilities. Please, share with us how to make home-made ricotta, as store bought is too grainy. - 12/3/09

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  • 2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Yes, Chef Meg, please share your recipe for Ricotta Cheese! - 3/22/10

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  • 2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    has Chef Meg ever shared her how to make ricotta cheese recipe? would love to try it.. - 2/22/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I loved this dessert! It is so easy to make and it is just beautiful and elegant. I'm having friends over for dinner next week and I think this will be on the menu. Thanks Chef Meg - 12/5/09

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  • 2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Can't wait to try this - I'm watching the fresh strawberries in the store, and as soon as they look decent I'm treating myself! - 12/3/09

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  • 2 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I'm totally into ricotta cheese for the past month and this is gonna be a change! I actually like the taste of the no-fat ricotta than the part skim. Either way, can't wait to try it! - 12/3/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Simple, delicious and makes a beautiful presentation when you are "Puttin' on the Ritz" - 12/3/09

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  • 2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    W O W ! ! ! - 12/3/09

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  • 2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Chef Meg, I would love to have your recipe for home made ricotta. Would you share it with us? - 12/3/09

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  • 2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This sounds like it would be delicious and I will try it as soon as I get the cheese and strawberries. - 12/3/09

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  • 2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Delicious - 12/3/09

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  • 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Chef Meg, did you ever try this recipe using low fat cottage cheese? We have been substituting cottage cheese for ricotta in our lasagna and really love it. - 12/3/09

    Reply from CHEF_MEG (6/26/13)
    Yes I have! I like it.
    Chef Meg


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  • Incredible!
    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Yumm city! - 11/30/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Made it with the honey Greek Yogurt fat free. FANTASTIC..so good and it looked gourmet.LOVED IT. I will definitely make it again. I also agree, don't skip out on the basil. delicious! - 7/26/12

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very good but definitely agree with using the honey vanilla Greek yogurt instead of the ricotta cheese. - 6/11/12

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    For those who don't like the strongness of the balsamic vinegar, try same recipe using juice of one large lemon. - 5/8/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Who needs whipped cream when this delectable ricotta cream is available? - 7/1/11

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Store had no basil and too early in the season for mine, so regretfully did without it. I did the homemade ricotta, so quick and easy! This was a delightfully refreshing dessert. Very tasty. I'm sure it will be even better with the basil. Be sure you get good Balsamic. Makes a huge difference. - 4/4/11

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  • Bad
    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    strawberries + vinegar = not good - 9/13/10

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  • 1 of 17 people found this review helpful
    Why in the world would anyone ruin the great taste of strawberries like this. Sorry folks, but this sounds gross. Not gonna ruin my strawberries!!!! - 9/13/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was great with minor modification. I used FF plain Yogurt in place of Ricotta. I used Wishbone Balsamic Vinaigrette and only 2 TBSP. Super yummy and pretty. No one knew it was "healthy" and no one asked. I divide parts & pack separate for my lunch. I get envious gazes and I am not deprived!
    - 8/8/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    The recipee was great and I used fresh peaches instead of strawberries. I mixed the peaches with blueberries and followed the direction. I left out the brown sugar as I find balsmic vinegar is sweet enough as is so did not boil the liquid. Will use again. - 7/27/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I thought it would be yucky, but much to my surprise it was not. It was great! - 7/14/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I have always loved strawberries with balsalmic vinager so I was really excited to try this recipe. I am glad to say it does not disapoint! Very tasty! - 6/16/10

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This sounds really yummy and simple too! I will have to try this. Thanks! - 6/9/10

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Is 'T' in the recipe for tsp (tea spoons) or Tbs (table spoons)? Thanks for the clarification - 5/3/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    wonderful. have made it twice - 4/24/10

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    i`ll try it - 4/11/10

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    nice touch with the basil - 4/11/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I loved it but my fiance found the balsamic vinegar sour. I didn't even taste it. Very yummy! - 4/8/10

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    elegant and delicious - 4/4/10

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    4 - 4/3/10

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I think I would top the servings with some crushed graham crackers (baggie and hammer) and maybe some chopped chocolate for extra glamour. - 3/22/10

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  • Bad
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I wasted a pint of strawberries and 1/2 a pint of ricotta on this! Even with excessive processing it was still grainy and my husband hated it. We both agreed not to serve it to our guests! - 3/19/10

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Hosting a dinner party next weekend; this looks interesting to try. Think I might add more fruit too. - 3/14/10

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This sounds heavenly! I will definitely try it. - 3/14/10

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Sounds absolutely scrumptious! Can't wait to try it...love balsamic anything! =) - 2/22/10

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    thanks - 2/13/10

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Thanks, this sounds really great. However, I'm first going to have to rush out for ingredients before trying this! - 2/12/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Loved it! - 2/9/10

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I would love the recipe for the homemade ricotta. thanks. - 2/1/10

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Have not tried it yet, but it sounds awesome and easy for a weeknite... - 12/3/09

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Sounds like a nice option for a different dessert! I would LOVE the recipe for homemade ricotta! - 12/3/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This is delicious!!! Thank You. - 12/3/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Simply adore your recipes! right up my taste buds street, yummy, divine! keep them coming, much appreciated. - 12/3/09

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  • 1 of 11 people found this review helpful
    won't try this recipe because i don't HAVE a food processor. please, just recipes that plain ol' folk can make. - 12/3/09

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    yummy! Thanks for the delicious recipe! - 12/3/09

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    It looks great. Always looking for something creamy to satisfy the ole sweet tooth. - 12/3/09

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I'll give it a try. - 12/3/09

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  • Fantastic recipe, really yummy! - 12/4/14

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  • Refreshing and different. Good enough to serve to guests. - 6/24/13

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  • I made this according to the recipe but agree with those who have posted before. Ricotta was very grainy and bland. If I do make a similar dessert I will try one of the suggestions made. I did like the flavor of the berry mix though. - 6/23/13

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  • Delicious! None of us minded the texture of the ricotta. In fact it made it a more substantial and filling dessert. Making it again for a second dinner party. I didn't change the recipe one bit.
    - 6/22/13

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  • Very good Used white balsamic which is a bit lighter. Loved the basil - 6/10/13

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  • Easy to make and tastes great. - 6/9/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I will try it with the yogurt. - 6/9/13

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  • I disagree with Pookitita. I'm in love with the ricotta cream. I may add a touch more honey next time but mine turned out very smooth like a thick whipped cream. I made the recipe for a girl's night dinner. We both loved it. I've been eating it for the last 3 nights. Sadly, I finished it off tonight - 4/19/13

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  • Yummy with both but yogurt (Greek ) adds protein. - 4/15/13

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  • Amazing I did not find the ricotta grainy I used my stick blender and it turned out perfect even the kids ate it and they hate vinegar they didnt even know!!! I will be making this again for sure - 8/29/12

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  • Suprisingly good except for the grainy feel to the creamed mixture. Perhaps it needed to blend longer. - 7/31/12

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  • Light and tasty - really loved the strawberries. - 7/17/12

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  • Was a hit at the potluck and delicious no-bake dessert for a hot summer day! I double the honey and sometimes add blueberries. - 7/13/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Boy this looks great...going to try it VERY soon - 7/1/12

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  • Wow, the strawberry-balsamic-basil blend is incredibly good, and I did not mind the grainy texture of the store-bought ricotta, but look forward to making the home-made ricotta and trying it again. Also think it would go very well with plain or vanilla yogurt. Nice treat. - 6/29/12

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  • I just made this today, and it was a nice and refreshing change from the ice cream I usually have. I think of it as a snack more than a dessert though. - 6/16/12

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    About basil with strawberries...I had some strawberry basil gelato at Pike Place Market in Seattle and it was glorious. - 6/15/12

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  • I have to say no to this. I would much rather layer strawberries with vanilla yogurt and call it a day. - 6/11/12

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  • I too found the texture of the ricotta to grainy. Overall flavor was ok, I think next time I'l use some honey Greek yogurt instead of the ricotta. - 6/10/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Skip the ricotta mix -it's grainy and altogether odd. Top the strawberry/basil/vinegar with Yoplait honey vanilla Greek yogurt. It will blow your mind, and that yogurt has twice the protein of most yogurts plus has no High Fructose Corn Syrup. Don't skip the basil - it really adds something special. - 6/9/12

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  • Here's the link to Chef Meg's homemade ricotta
    http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de
    tail.asp?recipe=1111690 - 6/9/12

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  • See suggestions from a member number one. Use yogurt instead
    Of ricotta. - 6/9/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I would definitely substitute calorie free sweetners for the sugar in this recipe and use non fat ricotta. Balsamic has all the sugar in it that I would want for this recipe....but I think with those substitutions, I will give it a try. The basil is a wonderful touch. - 6/9/12

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  • O.K.
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Use fat-free Greek yogurt instead of ricotta or pre-sweetened yogurt. You can control the amount of sugar. If the strawberries are sweet enouogh, you don't need the sugar at all. I think adding sugar to strawberries does nothing for them - makes them too sweet. - 6/8/12

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  • Refreshing, We got the Basalmic vingegar, and used it for the 1st time in a recioe. We really liked it. - 5/12/12

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  • I was skeptical at first, especially when I was making the vinegar mixture. However, everything goes together very well. Will be making this again! If you are sensitive to weird textures (like the graininess of the ricotta), I suggest you use your favorite yogurt instead. - 5/9/12

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  • I had the same issue with graininess of the ricotta. Might try it again either with the yogurt or some marscarpone. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar are good partners! - 5/8/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sub low fat Greek yogurt for riccota - 5/8/12

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  • This is so easy to do just for me. DH does not like strawberries so i eat them often. I use cottage cheese the same way. I shuddered at the thought of balsamic which I use on salads. I was surprised this was so good. I whipped up the cream in my magic bullet with the honey1/4 tsp. I used no sugar. - 5/8/12

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