How to make Strawberry Yogurt Basil Tarts, a no bake dessert

Strawberry Basil Tarts | These cool bites are the dessert you've been looking for. Easy and elegant!

Fresh strawberries, basil, and lime zest make these Strawberry Basil Tarts an easy no bake strawberry dessert recipe!  Yogurt and ricotta are part of this healthy strawberry dessert.

No bake recipe

No oven required. How good does that sound?

As summer kicks into high gear, the last thing I want to do is add heat. These cool Strawberry Basil Tarts deliver flavor and freshness, without turning on the oven.

Have you seen fillo (or phyllo) shells in the freezer section of the grocery store? Prebaked, they make a super simple dessert (or breakfast dessert), that looks better than “super simple” might imply.

Peak flavors in peak summer

Too often, desserts look better than they taste. Not these. Juicy strawberries, fresh basil ribbons, and lime zest are peak-season summery ingredients that make the tarts as pretty as they taste.

But let’s not stop at strawberries. For other combinations, think about chopped peaches with crystallized ginger, or sliced bananas, chopped nuts, and a chocolate drizzle, or toasted coconut.

Shhh…ricotta and yogurt make a healthy dessert
Strawberry Basil Tarts | These cool bites are the dessert you've been looking for. Easy and elegant!

Easy Strawberry Basil Tarts

Even better is the creamy filling is actually good for you. A blend of yogurt, ricotta cheese, and a smidgen of powdered sugar and lime zest, no one will know that this dessert helps build bones and lower blood pressure because of the calcium-rich ingredients.

Even more cool is that this yogurt-ricotta filling is versatile.

I tried it on French toast with strawberries. Good.

Dipped orange slices in it. Yummy.

Apple slices. Yep.

All this is in a bite-sized sweet. And no cooling rack required. Yay!

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Strawberry Basil Yogurt Tarts

Juicy strawberries, fresh basil ribbons, and lime zest are peak-season summery ingredients that make the tarts as pretty as they taste.

  • Author: Judy Barbe
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 tarts 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: no bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • 5 medium strawberries, cut into 1/4 dice
  • 2 leaves fresh basil, chopped (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1/8 teaspoon lime zest
  • 2 grinds fresh black pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • prebaked mini fillo shells


  1. Filling: 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.
  2. Tarts: In each shell, spoon a teaspoon or two of yogurt cream. Top with strawberries.


The shells absorb moisture so become soggy over time. Best to fill close to serving time. Baking the empty shells will enhance the crispiness. Be sure they cool to room temperature before filling.


  • Serving Size: 2
  • Calories: 95

Keywords: strawberry dessert, cream pie, healthy dessert, no bake dessert

Strawberry Basil Yogurt Tarts | These cool bites are the dessert recipe you've been looking for. Easy and elegant! Real food naturally.


  1. I see those phyllo shells everywhere! Love your ricotta cream for filling them, especially the touch of pepper.

    1. Author

      Hi Lydia, I’ve seen the shells too but never used them. Very happy with the small bite they provide. Thanks! Judy

  2. Whoo hoo – thrilled to have you on board with ReDux 🙂 Loving the strawberry basil combo (and especially the no-bake angle as it’s 95 F here in Philly today.

    1. Author

      About that hot here too! Looking forward to seeing what I (and the others) come up with for ReDux.

  3. This sounds so yummy and simple! I will definitely have to try this! Love your ideas for other flavor combinations too 🙂

    1. Author

      Thanks, Karli. I love to play with flavor profiles, so many choices…If you make them, let me know how they turn out.

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