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BrokeAss Gourmet

Lemon-Basil Ricotta Crostini over Mixed Greens with Roasted Red Peppers

  • Prep Time 0:25
  • Cook Time 0:10
  • Estimated Cost $10.00

This easy starter salad is a sophisticated yet incredibly simple way to begin a dinner. Creamy ricotta and refreshing basil and lemon cleanse the palate and prepare diners for the next course.


  • 6 cups mixed greens $4
  • 1 small baguette, sliced into 1/4"-thick slices $1.50
  • 1 10-oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained and sliced into thin strips $1.50 
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese $3 for 10 oz.
  • 1 small bunch basil, finely chopped $1
  • zest and juice of 1/2 lemon $0.50
  • salt and pepper to taste Pantry
  • olive oil Pantry
  • balsamic vinegar Pantry

Recipe Serves 4-6


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Drizzle about 2 tbsp olive oil over bread slices, making sure to coat both sides. Arrange on a baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes on each side, or until light brown and crisp.
  2. While baguette slices toast, combine ricotta, basil, lemon juice and zest and salt and pepper to taste until well-incorporated. Set aside.
  3. Toss greens with 2 tbsp each of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  4. To serve, heap a small pile of dressed greens on a salad plate. Smear about 1 tbsp of ricotta mixture on 2-3 baguette slices and top each slice with 1 or 2 pieces of red pepper and a grind of pepper. Top greens with crostini and serve.

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Tracy, on Jan 7, 04:53 AM, wrote:

This recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing it. I love the combination of lemon and basil. It is very light and refreshing. I will definitely be giving this a try!

Ray, on Jan 8, 08:02 PM, wrote:

OMG! Let me just say… I JUST fixed this wonderful meal and am enjoying it right this second. So light and refreshing! Reminds me of a nice warm day with a cool breeze! Sigh. If only this Midwestern weather would co-operate! :)