How to Make These Simple Strawberry Basil Tarts

summer desserts
 Courtesy of Judy Barbe

Good things come in small packages, especially these strawberry basil tarts.

Filled with Greek yogurt, ricotta, strawberries, and chopped basil, these tarts have an unbeatable (and delicious) combination of healthy ingredients. Each mini-tart provides less than 25 calories and provides protein, calcium, and vitamin C, while mini fillo shells help keep the carbs in check.

Nutrition Information (per 1 piece) Calories: 36; Protein: 2 grams; Fat: 1 grams; Carbs: 4 grams; Sugars: 2 grams

Recipe and photo by Judy Barbe, registered dietitian and author of Your 6-Week Guide to LiveBest, Simple Solutions for Fresh Food & Well-Being

Prep time

15 min.

Cook time

15 min.

  • 5 medium strawberries, cut into 1/4 dice
  • 2 leaves fresh basil, chopped (about 2 tsp)
  • 1/8 tsp lime zest
  • 2 grinds fresh black pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 12 prebaked mini fillo shells
In a small bowl, combine strawberries, basil, lime zest, and pepper. Set aside.
In another small bowl, combine yogurt, ricotta, and powdered sugar. Stir to blend. Refrigerate until ready to assemble tarts.
In each shell, spoon a teaspoon or two of yogurt cream. Top with strawberries.
Because the shells absorb moisture, filling will make them soggy over time. It’s best to fill close to serving time. Baking the empty shells will enhance the crispiness. Be sure they cool to room temperature before filling.