Asparagus and Ricotta Crostini



I was at Barrie Hill Farms last weekend  where I picked up some blueberries for one of my upcoming recipes and I snapped a few pics of the beautiful produce in their store.  Each time I go to the market I am amazed at all the fresh fruits and vegetables, the unique sauces, syrups, pickles, fresh cut flowers – it’s heaven! The summer produce is so good for us and eating locally grown foods definitely makes a big difference in flavour, in my opinion.

farmer`s market - simply fresh dinners

 farmer`s market - simply fresh dinners

Or maybe I just need to move closer to Mindy so I could shop in her big, beautiful garden!  I promise to bring a new dish each time, Mindy!  Can you imagine me rolling into your backyard with my grocery cart?  ha!

asparagus and ricotta crostini - simply fresh dinners

This is a quick and easy appetizer that requires no cooking except for toasting the bread.   I went with some  decadent Italian bread and I have to admit it was yummy, lol.  I’ve made some summer meatball subs for a future post and I promise a healthier bread for that one.

This recipe comes from Canadian Living with a few changes.  They blanched the asparagus but I didn`t cook it at all.  I used my potato peeler to remove the skin to get rid of that woody flavour and then cut it into small pieces.  I prefer the crispy freshness of it raw.  Delicious!

Asparagus and Ricotta Crostini from simply fresh dinners

The ricotta cheese compliments the asparagus and radishes perfectly with some lemon juice and zest with the addition of fresh chives.  I find that so many appetizers are heavy these days and if I want to eat my main course, I have to go light on the apps.  This is the perfect solution and I think it will appeal to the kids too.



I hope you`ll try this tasty treat for your get-togethers this summer or just a fun afternoon snack.  Cheers!

PS.  I`m taking a little holiday so won`t be around much next week.  I`ll be peeking in from time to time but it`s time for some more summer fun!  Hope you`re all enjoying your this wonderful weather as well!

Asparagus and Ricotta Crostini
Author: Robyn –
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4-6
  • 15 thick Baguette slices
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, halved
  • 8 asparagus spears, trimmed, peeled and cut diagonally in small pieces
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh chives
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes
  1. On baking sheet, drizzle baguette slices with oil; bake in 400ºF oven until crispy and light golden, about 6 minutes. Turn halfway through if you want both sides browned. Rub tops with cut sides of garlic halves. Set aside.
  2. Combine ricotta, chives, lemon zest, 2 teaspoons of the lemon juice,and the pepper; set aside. (Can be made up to 1 day ahead)
  3. Toss together asparagus, radishes, and remaining lemon juice. Top crostini with ricotta mixture, then asparagus mixture.
Calories: 40 Carbohydrates: 5 Sodium: 144


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    July 31, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    HI Robyn, great recipe, have a wonderful holiday!!!!
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    Kathy @ Olives & Garlic
    July 31, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Robyn, these are beautiful. I am a sucker for ricotta. Enjoy your vacation.
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    Bam's Kitchen
    July 31, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Hello Robyn, Enjoy your well deserved holiday. This is a fun and easy appetiser and so pretty as well. The little sparkle for the lemon and the ricotta is perfect. Gorgeous photos of the farm. Very vibrant and colourful. Shared!
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    Christine | No Gojis No Glory
    August 1, 2014 at 12:07 am

    What’s that you say? A no-cook recipe during the summer? I’m in! I can just imagine the bold flavors of the radish with the asparagus and ricotta cheese…drool. I’m actually gonna try it this weekend. The hubby is on vacation so I’ll have him prepare it. haha Have fun on vacation!
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    Anita Rivera
    August 1, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Good morning sweet friend! I was out all day yesterday and I am barely getting to this post, but it’s a perfect recipe for the FIRST OF AUGUST! Can you believe it? I look forward, as always, to your recipes and your fall and winter ideas will be stunners! But first, let’s enjoy these summer gems.

    I hope you are enjoying the summer; I am having so much fun, but school starts soon so I have to start getting into that mode once again.


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    August 1, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Looks amazing, Robyn! I think I am the only one in my household that loves radishes so this would be perfect for just me 🙂 And I can see why you want to “shop” at Mindy’s garden – it’s so beautiful and lush!

    Thanks for sharing and have a lovely weekend. Hugs and blessings to you!
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    Mary Jo
    August 1, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Delish! I always forget how much I love sliced radish on open sandwiches! Bookmarking this recipe!

    xo Mary Jo

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    August 1, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Robyn, your appetizers are beautiful. So elegant and fresh. I’ve always cooked asparagus. I never thought to eat it raw. I wonder why that is? Thanks for opening up my eyes. Your produce pictures are gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing this with our Let’s Get Real readers. Have a wonderful holiday.
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    August 1, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Robyn, you deserve a break.. I hope you have a fabulous time away. Everyone will be here, when you return. Your Crostini looks so pretty and healthy. Having farm fresh produce is always exciting. I love how your photos look…..Have fun and relax. Lots of love from W.W.
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    August 2, 2014 at 1:52 am

    Hi Robyn, I like how you used asparagus. I really like it raw or blanched in salads and haven’t thought to try it this way. I hope you have a fun holiday.
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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods
    August 2, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Love those shot of the produce. Natures beauty right there!
    These crostini look delicious! I have a small loaf of bread that I can’t wait to try this with.
    Have a great vacation!
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    August 2, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I love your pictures – they look so tempting. Fresh produce are always such a healthy choice. The recipe sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Shared on twitter & pinned.
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    August 3, 2014 at 10:43 am

    So fresh and your photos are lovely. Pinned!
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    Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
    August 4, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    This looks stunning…almost too good to eat! Of course that would never happen with me…I cannot resist good food! Pinning!
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    The Summer Kitchen Gilrs
    August 6, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    This looks AMAZING!!! Just pinned it 🙂
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      August 11, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Thanks so much, girls, and thanks for the visit. I just visited your blog and absolutely love it. 🙂

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    August 8, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Love this dish.
    Asperagus roots are good for pickling.
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    pam (Sidewalk Shoes)
    August 11, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    This looks so fresh and good!
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    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    January 9, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    These are beautiful! They would be a great easy-to-prepare snack while the rest of Valentine’s Day dinner was cooking!
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      January 9, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks so much, Michelle! I’m all about quick and easy, lol.

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