Strawberry Ricotta Bruschetta with Lemon and Arugula

Strawberries are not just for dessert. They are also stunning in salads, lending sweet acidity to the peppery earthiness of greens. In this case, strawberries are jumbled with arugula as a topping for bruschetta. Creamy, lemon flecked ricotta anchors the salad to the bread, while a balsamic vinaigrette dresses the dish. Hello Spring!

Strawberry Ricotta Bruschetta with Lemon and Arugula

Be sure to use a fresh ricotta for this recipe. A creamy, mild goat cheese may be used in place of the ricotta. Makes 2.

2 large strawberries, hulled, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 slices peasant or levain bread
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt
1/4 cup fresh ricotta or mild goat cheese, room temperature
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/2 cup arugula leaves, washed and dried
Freshly ground black pepper

Toss the strawberries and balsamic vinegar together in a small bowl; set aside. Preheat oven broiler. Brush bread slices with olive oil. Sprinkle with a little salt. Broil in the oven until golden brown, turning once.
Smear the ricotta over the bread slices. Sprinkle with lemon zest. Pile arugula on the bruschetta. Remove the strawberries from the vinegar, shaking off excess liquid, and arrange over the arugula. Whisk 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch of salt into the remaining vinegar. Drizzle over and around the bruschetta. Garnish with black pepper.

If you like this, you might enjoy these TasteFood recipes:
Roasted Fig Crostini
Crostini with Ramps and Pea Shoots
Tomato Bruschetta

or these strawberry recipes from the food blogs:
Strawberry Panzanella from 101 Cookbooks
Strawberry Mojito from White on Rice Couple
Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread from My Baking Addiction

18 responses to “Strawberry Ricotta Bruschetta with Lemon and Arugula

  1. I’m so glad to see a post on the savory possibilities of strawberries. I recently ate sushi at a place that included strawberry in many of its rolls. It was a lovely accent to the often mild fish.

  2. Yum…I think you just inspired me to make a salad with the same ingredients :-)

  3. Hmmm….I’ve had strawberries in a salad before, but never quite like this. Love the contrasting colors, textures and tastes here, a winner for sure! – S

  4. Nice idea – we recently had a salad with chicken that included strawberries and had a citrus-y dressing. Your recipe reminds me to use them in savory dishes. It is SO strawberry season now.

  5. Oh my! Looks heavenly, and the photos are perfection…

  6. Well I know what I want for lunch…. your colorful, flavorful and healthy bruschetta! Lovely photos too!

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  8. Thanks for reminding me how much I love the sweet-savory taste of strawberry brucshetta. Your photos are gorgeous!

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  10. I really really like the colors in your photos!

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