Asparagus With a Whipped Ricotta and Basil Dip

Spring has finally reared her beautiful head in the UK and with it comes asparagus season – I am celebrating both events today with this recipe!

Asparagus with ricotta dip wish to dish recipe

This is a healthier spin on the classic “chips n dip” offering but equally as delicious and moreish. Blanch asparagus in hot water for a few minutes and then submerge in an ice bath to help retain the fresh green colour and bite, sprinkle with some coarse sea salt and voila: the perfect chip substitute! I have created a beautiful and simple ricotta dip to serve alongside the asparagus – together you have the perfect spring/ summer starter to serve at your next dinner party! Everything can be prepped ahead of time; keep the dip in the fridge and the asparagus in the ice bath until ready to serve. I also recommend baking or buying a crusty loaf of bread to serve alongside this dip if your guests are especially ravenous. All you need now is a pitcher of aperol spritz and spring can officially begin!

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Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes 


  • 300 g fine asparagus, woody ends removed
  • 200 g ricotta
  • 50 g basil
  • 30 g parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp single cream (optional)
  • salt and pepper


  1. Roughly chop the parsley and basil. Place in a food processor along with the ricotta, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil. Season very generously with salt and pepper and blend until smooth. If the dip seems a little thick add a tbsp of single cream to loosen it up. Place in the fridge until ready to use.
  2. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the asparagus in it for 3 – 5 minutes until al dente. Fill a bowl of water with ice and then submerge the cooked asparagus in it for 1 minute. Dry with kitchen towel and lay out on a serving dish, sprinkle over coarse sea salt and serve alongside the dip.

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14 thoughts on “Asparagus With a Whipped Ricotta and Basil Dip

  1. A_Boleyn says:

    I enjoy ricotta in sweet and savoury dishes as it’s sweet, milky flavour is so adaptable to whatever add-ins called for. Interesting combination of elements in the dip … not something I would have thought of but I can see how it would work. Great post.


  2. countylife99 says:

    With the British Asparagus Festival well and truly under way, we thought it appropriate to share your fabulous recipe with our readers online.
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