Strawberry Basil Ricotta Crostini with Balsamic Glaze

strawberry basil ricotta crostini

Last week I tried something new for my Instagram friends.

Nap-time Snacks

You know I told you about Nap-time Snacks? It’s a series on Instagram Live where I cook with you while my daughter naps. Genius right? Last week we made Mediterranean Orzo Salad and it was yum. Well, I took it up a notch. I was feeling a bit guilty that I had this awesome snack to munch on when Josie woke up, while she was stuck with plain old Cheerios. (Honestly, she loves Cheerios, so why do I make myself crazy? Who knows.)

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A snack for me, & a snack for my Little

Anyways, I thought I would whip up a snack for her too. I used the same ingredients that I used for my grown up snack, in a kid-friendly version. So for us? Strawberry Basil Ricotta Crostini with Balsamic Glaze. For her? Strawberry Cream Cheese Graham Cracker Toast. If you missed it, check out the video on IGTV or take a peek below. Join me every Friday afternoon for a new episode of Nap-time Snacks.

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Strawberry Basil Ricotta Crostini with Balsamic Glaze

This recipe is super simple, just like we want it to be when we don’t have much time on our hands! You can throw it together in under 20 minutes (15 if you’re fast!) and needs only a few key ingredients. It’s the perfect snack for happy hour, appetizer or even a vegetarian lunch. The main ingredients? Fresh strawberries, a crunchy baguette, a few basil leaves, a container of ricotta cheese and a block of cream cheese. It’s then finished with a drizzle of sweet balsamic glaze.

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Chef Tips:

  • Make sure you watch the bread under the broiler! I seem to have a moment every time I use that broiler. If you leave it, you will burn it! So keep a close eye. Drizzle the bread with a touch of olive oil and a pinch of salt and then toast for a few minutes each side for a nice crunchy toast.
  • Whipping room temperature cream cheese with the ricotta cheese will result in a smoother, less lumpy ricotta cream. Leave the cream cheese out on the counter for an hour or two to let it soften up.
  • To chiffonade the basil, lay a few leaves on top of one another and then roll them up. Slice across the roll to get dainty little ribbons for your basil garnish.
  • Try to wait until strawberries are in season for extra juicy, extra ripe straw-babies. There is nothing like a beautiful strawberry that’s red all the way through!

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Strawberry Ricotta Crostini with Balsamic Glaze

  • Author: Melissa-Smith
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This crostini is light and beautiful for a springtime cocktail hour. A layer of lightened ricotta cream sits atop a crunchy toasted baguette and is then topped with fresh strawberries, balsamic glaze and basil.


  • 1 baguette, sliced
  • olive oil, for drizzling
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave (optional)
  • 1 pint strawberries, thinly sliced
  • balsamic glaze, to finish
  • fresh basil leaves, chiffonade, to garnish


  1. Slice the baguette into 1/2-inch slices. Drizzle both sides with olive oil sprinkle the top of the bread with salt. Broil for 2-3 minutes, flipping halfway to toast to a golden brown.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth, then add the ricotta, salt, lemon zest, black pepper and honey. Mix until combined.
  3. Let the baked bread cool for 5 minutes, then spoon on the ricotta cream, top with strawberries and  basil ribbons, and finish with a drizzle of the balsamic glaze.
  4. Serve immediately.


To chiffonade the basil, lay a few leaves on top of one another and then roll them up. Slice across the roll to get dainty little ribbons for your basil garnish.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: vegetarian, toast, crostini, strawberry, light lunch, appetizer, side dish, shareable, meat-free, pot luck, cream cheese, ricotta, summer appetizer, spring appetizer, snacks

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  1. I have made this several times and absolutely love it. Strawberry crostini are super tasty when the strawberries are in season. A little balsamic on top and they are fabulous.

    1. It really is so delicious! A quick & lovely snack.

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