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Ricotta and white bean salad

Ricotta and white bean salad |

This is what you can call a golden oldie… I was looking for this recipe and than realised I hadn’t moved it over from the old site to the new. This was the original entry for the very first Donna Hay styling challenge all the way back in 2009. I did that challenge once a month for almost a year if I remember correctly. The challenge was to recreate a photo from one of the Donna Magazines and do it as close to the original as possible. Never to start copying but only for practice. I still think that one of the best ways to learn is by looking at the photos of people you admire and try and think how they took that shot. I learned a lot that way.. I would have probably done it completely different in this day and age but at the time I thought it wasn’t too bad.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ricotta and white bean salad |
The original image by Chris Court

The original image is shot by one of my heroes; Chris Court and as you can see is a whole lot bluer than mine if you look at them side by side. I took this picture with artificial light for the only reason that I hadn’t used daylight at that point with food. Weird huh… Thinking about the fact that I hardly ever use artificial light these days. but back than I seriously hadn’t used daylight much given that I did people shots mostly in the studio.

The weather is progressively getting darker day by day though and I will bring out the big guns soon as I hate having to keep food and redo it in the morning. Plus I tend to not have time in the morning either… My first workshop with artificial light is this wednesday and it’s fully booked. But I will be planning a second one later too. Just need to check availability of the location and such.

But for now I’m sharing this delicious dish!

Ricotta and white bean salad


  • 400g cannellini beans ((or white beans, 1 can))
  • 1 red onion (small)
  • 30g black olived (pitted and halved)
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley (leaves only)
  • 1-2 red chili (small and sliced)
  • 125g cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • seasalt
  • black pepper (cracked)
  • 100g ricotta (fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar


Place the beans, onion, olives, parsley, chilli, tomato, salt and pepper in a bowl and toss gently to combine. Divide between serving plates and top with fresh ricotta. Combine the oil and vinegar and spoon over the salad to serve.

Recipe by Donna Hay

About the author

Simone van den Berg

Food- and travelblogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Loves to taste good food the world over.
She also loves to share travelstories, delicious recipes and ok, cat pictures too. She sometimes feels the need to get really healthy for a while, always mingled with periods of insanely delicious sweets and other decadent treats.
Lives together with Tom and their two cats; Humphrey and Buffy.
Profession: Food photographer


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