This creamy Whipped Ricotta Dip with Honey makes an impressive appetizer or healthy snack. And, it couldn't be faster to make! In this recipe, silky ricotta cheese gets topped with a drizzle of honey, fresh thyme, lemon zest, and pepper. The combination is ridiculously simple, but never fails to impress.
Why you'll love this recipe
- Only 5 minutes to make
- An easy but impressive appetizer
- Can be meal prepped for healthy weekday snacks
This recipe comes together with only a handful of simple ingredients:
- Ricotta: Choose a whole milk ricotta cheese for best results, rather than a part-skim ricotta. Ricotta is already a lower-fat cheese, so this will help the dish taste as creamy as possible.
- Olive Oil: Adding olive oil into the ricotta helps it whip up into the fluffiest dip. Ricotta is also a very mild tasting cheese, so olive oil infuses more savory flavor.
- Honey: Honey and ricotta is a classic pairing! In this recipe, you'll just need a good spoonful of runny honey to drizzle on top of the dip before serving.
- Thyme: Fresh thyme adds flavor and makes the dish look extra pretty. (If you have extra fresh thyme to use up, make Brothy Oven Baked White Beans or Air Fryer Butternut Squash).
How to make (step-by-step photos)
This whipped ricotta dip is super simple to make. Here's how:
Find the recipe card below for the complete recipe, including all ingredients and instructions.
You can serve this fluffy dip with just about anything. Here are some of our favourite "dippers":
- Warm bread: Brush slices of baguette or sourdough with olive oil, then bake in the oven until warm. We like to season the warm bread with salt and pepper for even more flavor!
- Pita chips: We're obsessed with these Air Fryer Pita Chips, but you could opt for store-bought. Pita chips are a great option if you don't want to worry about heating up bread right before serving.
- Fresh veggies: Crisp and colorful veggies—like cucumber, bell peppers, carrots, and celery—are delicious dipped in whipped ricotta! And, they're also a great choice for meal prepped snacks.
Frequently asked questions
Ricotta has a very mild, almost neutral flavor. On its own, ricotta isn't very salty, so its often used in both sweet and savory dishes.
Yes, you can still make this recipe without a food processor. You could instead use an electric mixer (and a bowl). See recipe notes for more details.
Yes, you can make this dish in advance. We prefer to whip the ricotta in advance (step 1). Then, garnish (step 2) right before serving.
But, you could prep and garnish the whole dish in advance. If you go this route, cover the bowl tightly and store in the fridge. Before serving, let the refrigerated dish sit out on the counter for 10 to 15 minutes so the honey isn't cold.
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Whipped Ricotta Dip with Honey
- 1 cup ricotta cheese (whole milk recommended)
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 to 3 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
- Lemon zest (from about ½ lemon, optional)
- Black pepper (to taste)
- Whip ricotta: Add ricotta, olive oil, and salt to a food processor (see note 1). Whip until smooth and fluffy.
- Garnish: Spoon the whipped ricotta into a bowl. Drizzle with honey, and top with thyme, lemon zest (if using), and pepper. Serve with "dippers" of your choice (see note 2).
- Electric mixer alternative: If you don't have a food processor, you can whip the ricotta in a bowl with an electric mixer instead. If you go this route, do take the time to whip the ricotta until it's completely smooth and fluffy like the step-by-step photo. (It can take a bit longer than if using a food processor).
- Serving suggestions: This whipped ricotta dip is delicious served with warm bread, pita chips, crackers, and/or fresh veggies.
- Storage tips: Store whipped ricotta in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.