Salad with home made ricotta

ricotta and courgette flower salad

I have a bucket list of recipes I want to try out. I want to find new favourites and broaden my cooking horizon. Making ricotta has been on my to do list for a long time but I read that unpasteurised milk would be the best to use and I kept it in mind but didn’t do anything about it.


The other day I found unpasteurised milk and I knew I had to buy it and make ricotta. A friend of mine does a similar cheese and it is delicious so I thought I have to give it a go.


As I got the ingredients out and realised I didn’t have any citric acid that the recipe calls for, I did have a think about it and decided to give it a go anyway. I have never made ricotta I wasn’t sure what the citric acid does but I had lemons to make the milk curdle.


Home made ricotta 

preparation time 5 minutes 

cooking time about 40 minutes 

serves many 


  • 1 1/2 litre or 7 1/2 cups of full fat unpasteurised milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • juice of 3 lemons

Place all of the ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil and quickly reduce the heat so that the milk mixture simmers. Gently stir every now and then until the milk curdles.

Once the milk splits completely strain for about 6 hours in a cool place. I strained it over night. Once it is strained I whipped it slightly and used it as a base for a salad.

There is no right or wrong way to make a salad and this went very well with the ricotta.


Ricotta and courgette flower salad

preparation time 10 minutes 

cooking time 0 minutes 

serves 2


  • about 1 dl or 1/2 cup of ricotta
  • blanched and double peeled broad beans
  • 1 tomato, core and seeds removed, then sliced
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 small handful of toasted cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp toasted white sesame seeds
  • fresh peas
  • basil leaves
  • 1 small courgette,sliced
  • a pinch of sea salt

Plate up the ingredients, sprinkle some salt over and serve. I didn’t think the salad needed anything more but a drizzle of olive oil might be nice as well.


ricotta and courgette flower salad


ricotta and courgette flower salad


The fresh ricotta has a very delicate flavour and I got approval from my neighbour who goes to Italy on a regular basis and loves Italian food. The ricotta was more runny than the shop bought one but who cares, it tasted great and made for a perfect summer salad.










13 Responses to “Salad with home made ricotta”
  1. What a beautiful plate 🙂 where did you find unpasteurised milk?

  2. hocuspocus13 says:

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  3. mylifeasishan says:

    Great post

  4. Lovely idea! I love to make my own cheese but have never tried ricotta. Will most definitely give this a go. Beautiful pictures too!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Lis
      I have never made my own cheese and this was supper easy (even if it turned out slightly runny) and the flavour was great! Well worth it 🙂

  5. How beautiful is this the homemade Ricotta…its quite similar to cottage cheese (paneer) that we make at home too…lovely share…

    • petra08 says:

      hello Shy
      Thank you for stopping by! I have never made paneer but I can see the similarity in flavour. I am glad you like the dish. Have a great week 🙂

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