This is just packed with flavor. We really enjoyed it. I used half ricotta and half mozzarella (because that's all I had on hand), but otherwise stuck to the recipe as written. The kalamata olives gave it a Mediterranean touch, but there were plenty of other wonderful flavor sensations going on in this salad, too. This will be my go-to recipe for potluck parties and other large gathrings. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Shirl(J)831. Made for the "Best of 2011" tag game.
Wow, this is a sensational vegetarian meal! We loved the tang and the base the ricotta creates. The ingredients meld together perfectly. I followed other reviewers and used only one tablespoon of olive oil and low fat ricotta. I also subbed green onion and added more parsley. It certainly doesn't need it, but the second time I made this I added 2 diced red peppers, and that added great color and crunch to the dish. We ate this for dinner (fed 4 as a main), but I think it would also be great for a picnic or potluck. This is one of those dishes that's hard to stop eating!
This stuff was absolutly fantastic. I was able to sneak in the healthy food on my boys. I have 2 360 pound boys at home and they refuse to eat anything on the healthy side. I was able to sneak some goodies in on this and they actually enjoyed it. I however think this would be excellent with some shrimp or crab meat in it. I loved this!!! Thanks or posting!
This is a lovely salad! I did the same as a previous reviewer and only used 1 Tbsp olive oil and low fat ricotta. I did add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper (just cause I like it :). I think this could also be really good with tuna added. I really like the fresh lemony taste of the dressing. Thanks for posting Shirl!
Asked my BF to make this for dinner last night and we both thought the results were excellent. It caught my eye because I liked the individual ingredients but they really came together well. I thought the consistency of the ricotta cheese was important because it thickened the dressing, but I'm sure mozzarella would have tasted very good too. If you want a super quick recipe that will make your entire dinner, you don't have to look any further. Also, great for a summer day as there is minimal cooking. We halved the recipe and made this lower in fat by using 1 tbsp olive oil and part skim ricotta cheese and promptly finished it in one sitting as a main meal. (I recommend checking out the low fat cooking thread that Shirl is moderating.) Exceptional recipe! Thanks.
I really enjoyed this salad. It travels well. I made it for a potluck at work. I used mozzarella cheese instead of ricotta (it's what I had on hand) but it still was great! Katie