Roaring Fork Tomato Salad

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

From the local newspaper; a twist on the usual tomato salad. Simple to make but with a beautiful presentation for summer brunch or parties. Fresh basil and tomatoes make this a real treat! Prep time does not include overnight chilling of ricotta mixture.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. (To blanch garlic, simmer unpeeled cloves in small pot of water. Cook 10-15 min, peel and use or store in jar of oil in refrigerator.) Puree ricotta, garlic, and spices.
  2. Mix in minced basil leaves.
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Line platter with lettuce leaves.
  5. Overlap tomato slices around platter, leaving space in the middle.
  6. Spoon ricotta mixture into center of platter.
  7. Garnish with whole basil leaves.
Most Helpful

This salad confirms that simple food is the best! I did reduce the salad to only serve two people. I used a curly leaf lettuce and choose elephant garlic for the ricotta mixture. Fresh basil was unavailable, therefore I used dried. Next time, I will definitely increase the garlic and use regular garlic. I felt the elephant garlic was too mild. Lovely, simple and delicious salad! It would be great as a side salad for a meal or as a light simple lunch! Very versatile! Thanks Winkki!

Bobtail June 27, 2005

Simple and delicious! I made a half recipe recently and was surprised how delicious this was. I followed the directions but did not use the lettuce when I put it together the next day. Thanks for a simple and tasty recipe, and a good substitute if buffalo mozzarella is not available for a tomato and cheese salad. Yum!

Garlic Chick July 27, 2013