Ricotta chunks with zucchini salad

One of Chef Saransh’s favourite salads, a combination of tender and light zucchini and satisfying ricotta chunks can help you to maintain a perfect balance in your salad. While the ricotta cheese adds a slight sweetness to the salad and gives it a creamy texture, zucchini adds the mild and moist flavor to it.

Ingredients For the sauce:

  • 50 gm dried porcini mushrooms
  • 2 dried red chilli
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 500 g Crushed tomatoes or chunky tomato puree
  • 8 black olives
  • ½ a bunch of fresh basil Salt and crushed black pepper

For the fritters:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 500gm ricotta cheese
  • 1 nutmeg, for grating
  • 1 lemon
  • 40g Parmesan cheese
  • 1 heaped tablespoon plain flour olive oil balsamic vinegar

For the salad:

  • 400 g green and yellow zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • ½ a bunch of fresh mint
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp Mustard Salt and pepper


  1. Crack the egg into a mixing bowl, add the ricotta, finely
    grate in ¼ of the nutmeg, the lemon zest and Parmesan, add the flour, and then
    beat together. 
  2.  Put 1 tablespoon of olive
    oil into the frying pan, then use a tablespoon to spoon in 8 large dollops of
    the mixture, turning carefully when nice and golden.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the pan, add dried chilli,
    and add chopped garlic. Finely chop and add the porcini with half their soaking
    water and the chunky tomato, season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil.
  4. Add the olives. Add basil leaves.
  5. Grate the Zucchini and tip into a bowl with a pinch of salt
    and pepper, the juice of the zested lemon, mustard and the extra virgin olive
    oil. Finely chop and add the chilli and the top leafy half of the mint, then
    toss together.
  6. Place the fritters on top of the sauce, then scatter over
    some basil leaves, drizzle with balsamic and serve with lemon wedges.

Don’t forget to try this at home & share a picture with us! Visit a Nature’s Basket store near you or log on to www.naturesbasket.co.in because we want you to worry about the recipe, and not its ingredients! You can also try Chef Saransh’s recipes for Asparagus Goat Cheese Frittata & Roasted Pumpkin and Feta Salad.

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