A quick and easy lunch idea: fancy toast! This ricotta spread and white bean spread are dolled up as fancy toast and topped with vegetables.

Ricotta & white bean fancy toast

Here’s a simple lunch recipe Alex and I created to share with you. And let’s be honest: simple recipes aren’t that simple to create! Going about this task, all sorts of questions arose: What makes a recipe work for “lunch”? Does it need to be easy to transport? Easy to assemble or reheat at your office or workplace kitchenette? Quick to prepare the night before? Fresh ingredients with no cooking required? The answer we came up with? Fancy toast! Keep reading for the recipe for these two flavors of fancy toast, a delicious healthy lunch recipe.

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Ricotta and white bean fancy toast | lunch ideas

How to make fancy toast

In our everyday life, Alex and I go super simple on breakfast and lunch, so that we can spend all our cooking energy on dinner time. So for this lunch recipe, we wanted it to be utterly simple, with no cooking required. The flavors and textures should be interesting yet accessible and easy to prepare, and fit within the current season of winter-moving-towards-spring. What we came up with was fancy toast: basically, lots of delicious healthy ingredients on toast.

You can also call fancy toast tartines, French for “open-faced sandwich”. The ingredients are basic, yet bursting with flavor. Here we’ve created two spreads: a ricotta spread, and a white bean spread. Both are made simply, with just a few ingredients that are mixed together in a bowl. Both spreads can be whipped up and the veggies sliced in a few minutes the night before work, and the whole thing easily assembled wherever you might find yourself.

This fancy toast is easily customizable to your tastes, diet, and the season. Hummus, avocado, aged cheddar, and hard-boiled eggs would be easy substitutes. For the summer, tomatoes, cucumbers, and fresh herbs would be perfect. Gluten-free diet? Try gluten-free bread or flatbread.

Tip: Try using Homemade Labneh in place of ricotta in this recipe!
Have leftover ricotta? Try these Genius Ricotta Cheese Recipes.

Ricotta and white bean fancy toast | lunch ideas

Looking for lunch ideas?

Outside of this fancy toast, here are a few of our favorite lunch ideas:

This recipe is…

This fancy toast recipe is vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten-free bread. For vegan, make the white bean toast and omit the cheese.

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Ricotta & White Bean Fancy Toast

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 pieces fancy toast 1x


A quick and easy lunch idea: fancy toast! This ricotta spread and white bean spread are dolled up as fancy toast and topped with vegetables.



For the ricotta & radish fancy toast

  • 1 cup fresh ricotta cheese
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 4 to 5 radishes
  • ½ cup sprouts (radish, alfalfa, etc)
  • 4 slices good quality bread
  • Fresh ground pepper

For the white bean havarti fancy toast

  • 15-ounce can cannellini beans
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ red onion
  • ½ cup sprouts (radish, alfalfa, etc)
  • 8 slices dill Havarti cheese
  • 4 slices good quality bread
  • Fresh ground pepper


  1. Make the ricotta spread: In a small bowl, stir together the ricotta cheese, kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper.
  2. Thinly slice the radishes. Spread 4 bread slices with seasoned ricotta spread, then top with radishes, a sprinkle of kosher salt, and sprouts.
  3. Make the white bean spread: Drain and rinse the white beans. In a small bowl, stir together beans with the kosher salt, olive oil, and fresh ground pepper. Mash together with a fork until a thick spread forms.
  4. Thinly slice the red onion. Rinse the onion slices under cold water several times to mellow the flavor. Spread another 4 bread slices with white bean spread, then top with Havarti cheese, red onion slices, and sprouts.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Fancy Toast

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Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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