This light and creamy whipped ricotta dip is topped with fresh tomatoes for a healthy appetizer recipe that is perfect for parties and snacking.

bowl Whipped Ricotta and Tomato Dip with vegetable platter


Whipped ricotta dip is created by combining the creamy ricotta cheese with a harmonious blend of goat cheese, herbs, spices, and a fresh tomato topping. It’s a luscious, velvety dip that is perfect for spreading on crackers, pairing with fresh vegetables, or slathering onto toasted bread.

With just a few simple steps, you can create a heavenly whipped ricotta dip that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy. Feel free to experiment with different herbs, spices, or even add a touch of heat with a dash of chili flakes. The possibilities are endless, and you can tailor the dip to suit your personal preferences.

Whether you’re hosting a casual gathering or a formal soirée, the whipped ricotta dip is sure to impress your guests and leave them asking for the recipe.

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ingedients for Whipped Ricotta and Tomato Dip

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Ricotta Cheese – Whole milk ricotta gives you a rich flavor and a creamier consistency.
  • Goat cheese – If you aren’t a fan of goat cheese you can substitute with an equal amount of cream cheese but I highly recommend you give goat cheese a try with this recipe. It really boosts the flavor of the dip.
  • Fresh herbs – Rosemary and basil add a bright, fresh flavor to the whipped ricotta.
  • Cherry Tomatoes – Cherry tomatoes are chopped and tosses with herbs and seasoning for a fresh topping for the dip.
  • Seasoning – Salt and pepper bring out the flavors of the dip and the tomato topping.
  • Olive Oil – Olive oil add a delicious flavor to the cherry tomatoes.

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Step 1- Combine Ingredients. In a food processor combine ricotta cheese, goat cheese, rosemary, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper. Blend until fully combined and smooth.

Whipped Ricotta and Tomato Dip ingredients in a food processor

Step 2 – Make topping. In a small bowl add chopped tomatoes, basil, remaining salt and pepper, and olive oil. Toss until everything is well mixed.

Step 3 – Serve. Scoop cheese mixture into a serving bowl and top with the seasoned tomatoes. Serve with bread, chips, crackers, and/or veggies.

diced tomatoes on top of a bowl of Whipped Ricotta and Tomato Dip

Variations on Whipped Ricotta Dip: Unlocking Flavor Combinations

One of the beauties of whipped ricotta dip is its versatility. This creamy canvas can be transformed into a myriad of flavors by incorporating various ingredients and seasonings. Let’s take a look at some tantalizing variations that will add a new dimension to your whipped ricotta dip experience:

1. Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Whipped Ricotta Dip

  • Ingredients:
    • ¼ cup of sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons of fresh basil, finely chopped
  • Instructions:
    1. Follow the basic whipped ricotta dip recipe.
    2. After adding the garlic and herbs, fold in the chopped sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil.
    3. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if needed.
    4. Serve the dip with toasted baguette slices or use it as a spread for sandwiches.

2. Smoky Chipotle Whipped Ricotta Dip

  • Ingredients:
    • 2 tablespoons of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped
    • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • Instructions:
    1. Follow the basic whipped ricotta dip recipe.
    2. Add the chipotle peppers and smoked paprika to the dip mixture.
    3. Mix well to evenly distribute the flavors.
    4. Serve the dip with tortilla chips or alongside grilled meats for a smoky kick.

3. Lemon and Dill Whipped Ricotta Dip

  • Ingredients:
    • Zest of 1 lemon
    • 2 tablespoons of fresh dill, finely chopped
  • Instructions:
    1. Follow the basic whipped ricotta dip recipe.
    2. Incorporate the lemon zest and fresh dill into the dip mixture.
    3. Stir well to ensure the flavors are evenly combined.
    4. Serve the dip with cucumber slices or as a tangy accompaniment to seafood dishes.

These variations are just a starting point. Feel free to let your imagination run wild and experiment with different flavor combinations. From roasted red peppers to caramelized onions, the possibilities are endless!

Whipped Ricotta and Tomato Dip on a cracker

Why You Should Use Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese

Using whole milk ricotta in whipped ricotta dip brings several advantages to the table. Here are a few reasons why whole milk ricotta is commonly preferred:

  1. Creaminess: Whole milk ricotta has a higher fat content compared to reduced-fat or skim versions. This higher fat content contributes to a richer and creamier texture, resulting in a more luxurious and velvety whipped ricotta dip. The creaminess of whole milk ricotta enhances the overall indulgence and mouthfeel of the dip.
  2. Flavor: The fat in whole milk ricotta carries flavor compounds, allowing for a more pronounced and well-rounded taste. The richness of whole milk ricotta adds depth and complexity to the whipped ricotta dip, enhancing the overall flavor profile. It helps create a more satisfying and flavorful experience.
  3. Texture: The fat content in whole milk ricotta also plays a role in the texture of the dip. It contributes to a smoother and silkier consistency, making the whipped ricotta dip easier to spread, dip, or scoop. The luxurious mouthfeel that whole milk ricotta provides elevates the overall eating experience.
  4. Binding and Stability: The higher fat content in whole milk ricotta aids in the binding and stability of the whipped ricotta dip. It helps the dip hold its shape and retain its fluffy texture, making it easier to handle and serve. The fat acts as a stabilizer, preventing the dip from becoming too watery or separating.

While reduced-fat or skim ricotta can be used as substitutes, they may result in a slightly lighter and less creamy dip. The choice between different ricotta varieties ultimately comes down to personal preference and dietary considerations. However, for the most indulgent and satisfying whipped ricotta dip, whole milk ricotta is often the preferred choice.

vegetable platter with Whipped Ricotta and Tomato Dip

Ways to Use Whipped Ricotta

Whipped ricotta is an incredibly versatile and delicious ingredient that can be used in various ways. Here are some ideas on how to make the most of whipped ricotta:

  1. Dip: The most common and straightforward use of whipped ricotta is as a dip. Serve it with an array of dippable items like breadsticks, crackers, sliced vegetables, or even tortilla chips. The creamy and flavorful nature of whipped ricotta makes it an excellent choice for a party or as an appetizer for any gathering.
  2. Spread: Use whipped ricotta as a spread on toasted bread, bagels, or sandwiches. Its smooth and creamy texture adds a delightful richness to any bite. Combine it with your favorite toppings such as sliced tomatoes, fresh basil, or a drizzle of honey for a delectable snack or breakfast option.
  3. Pasta: Whipped ricotta can be incorporated into pasta dishes to add creaminess and flavor. Toss it with cooked pasta, along with some sautéed vegetables or herbs, or a little pesto rosso or pesto genovese for a quick and satisfying meal. You can also use it as a filling for stuffed pasta like ravioli or tortellini for an extra burst of richness.
  4. Sauces and Dressings: Whipped ricotta can be a delightful addition to pasta sauces or salad dressings. Stir it into warm pasta with a splash of pasta cooking water and your preferred seasonings for a creamy and luscious sauce. In salad dressings, combine it with lemon juice, herbs, and a touch of olive oil for a tangy and velvety dressing.
  5. Garnish: Use whipped ricotta as a garnish to enhance the presentation and taste of various dishes. Dollop it on top of soups, roasted vegetables, or grilled meats to add a creamy and elegant touch.
bowl of Whipped Ricotta and Tomato Dip topped with olive oil

Frequently Asked Questions

Does store bought ricotta need to be drained?

Store-bought ricotta generally does not require draining, as it is typically sold in a state that is ready to use. Unlike homemade ricotta, which may need to be drained to achieve a desired texture, store-bought ricotta is usually produced with the proper moisture content.

How long does whipped ricotta last?

Whipped ricotta can be stored in the refrigerator for approximately 3 to 4 days. It’s important to keep the dip properly covered in an airtight container to maintain its freshness and prevent any transfer of flavors from other foods in the fridge.

Can you freeze whipped ricotta?

It is not recommended to freeze whipped ricotta. Freezing can alter the texture and consistency of the dip, causing it to become grainy and watery upon thawing. The moisture content in ricotta can lead to undesirable changes in its structure when frozen.

How to Store It

To store whipped ricotta dip, follow these simple steps:

  1. Transfer the whipped ricotta dip to an airtight container. This will help prevent any flavors or odors from permeating the dip and maintain its freshness.
  2. Seal the container tightly to ensure that no air can enter. Exposure to air can cause the dip to dry out and lose its creamy texture.
  3. Place the container in the refrigerator. The cool temperature will help prolong the shelf life of the dip and keep it fresh.
  4. Store the whipped ricotta dip in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It’s best to consume it within this timeframe to enjoy its optimal taste and texture.

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Servings: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Whipped Ricotta Dip with Tomatoes

This Whipped Ricotta Dip blends ricotta and goat cheese with fresh summer tomatoes for a light appetizer recipe that everyone will enjoy.
Whipped Ricotta and Tomato Dip in a bowl on a vegetable platter
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  • 16 ounces Whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 8 ounces Goat cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons Finely minced rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 8 ounces Cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 5 Thinly sliced basil leaves


  • In a food processor combine ricotta cheese, goat cheese, rosemary, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper. 
  • Blend until fully combined and smooth.
  • In a small bowl add chopped tomatoes, basil, remaining salt and pepper, and olive oil. Toss until everything is well mixed.
  • Scoop cheese mixture into a serving bowl and top with the seasoned tomatoes.
  • Serve with bread, chips, crackers, and/or veggies.


Serving: 2oz, Calories: 121kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 169mg, Potassium: 66mg, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 1250IU, Vitamin C: 11.6mg, Calcium: 150mg, Iron: 0.9mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: whipped ricotta, whipped ricotta dip