This simple toast stacked with protein from ricotta cheese, hard-boiled egg, and smoked salmon makes for a supreme breakfast, brunch, lunch, or snack.


This ricotta toast is an all-star treat for me. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or when the lunch hangrys hit, its balanced flavor totally delivers. Herby ricotta gets spread on toasted French bread for perfectly velvety bites that complement the crispy bread’s tender crunch. It’s topped with slices of creamy hard-boiled egg with salty flecks of smoked salmon that taste straight-up great together. I like mine topped with even more minced red onion and sprinkles of the herbs used in the ricotta. I then finish it off with a big squeeze of fresh lemon juice that cuts through the richness of the egg and ricotta. The result? Luscious layers of greatness.


What’s In Ricotta Toast with Smoked Salmon and Egg

  • French bread—I buy mine from a local bakery, a combo of soft French bread and sturdy sourdough I just love
  • Ricotta cheese—a good quality brand that isn’t dry or chalky makes all the difference. I like Belgioso
  • Fresh dill and chives
  • Lemon zest and lemon juice
  • Smoked salmon—you can use lox for a non-smoked flavor instead
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Smoked salmon
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
  • Red onion

First, Mix the Herbed Ricotta

I use ricotta in my cheesy lasagna and dolloped on this roasted beet salad, making them both extra luxe. But when it’s mixed with plenty of chopped herbs and a touch of citrus, that’s when ricotta really stands out.

In this recipe, any combo of fresh spring herbs will work. Here I chose chives and dill that match the smoked salmon so well, but mint and basil would be tasty too.

Season the ricotta with salt and pepper. Kosher salt really brings out the subtle flavor in the cheese, and freshly ground black pepper is a must.

Lemon zest with juice give the cheese zing. Add both zest and juice to the mix. Lemon zest is more flavor intense while the juice makes the ricotta smooth.

Make ricotta cheese extra fluffy by whipping it in the food processor or blender. Ricotta cheese aerates to become light and fluffy when it gets a spin.


Toast the Bread

You could certainly use any type of bread, but a crusty French bread is my favorite. Sourdough, rye, or even wheat toast works well too.

Next Up, Add Sliced Hard Boiled Egg

For years I had the toughest time cooking eggs that peeled effortlessly. I finally figured out the exact method and hard boiled egg cooking times that make this task simple every time.

To get a cleanly sliced hard boiled egg, I LOVE this durable aluminum egg slicer.

Top With Smoked Salmon

Pile the egg with paper thin slices of smoked salmon or lox. What’s the difference? Lox is cured in a salty spice blend where smoked salmon may or may not be cured but is always smoked for a lightly smoked flavor. Either one works here.

I like to pile my salmon slices in ribbons for a pretty presentation, plus a meatier bite.

Finish With More Herbs, Minced Onion, and Lemon

Choose herbs that compliment fish. Fresh dill, chives, and minced onion go on top of this bread. I’ve also used capers and minced green olive. Or, give it a slather of avocado if you’re feeling it.

Finish with a squeeze of lemon juice. A little acid cuts the richness of the ricotta, egg, and salmon. It’s the bright bite to this toast.


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