For a delicious new way to enjoy cottage cheese, try this cottage cheese salad recipe! With layers of herby cottage cheese and quick marinated tomatoes and cucumbers, it’s both packed with protein and flavor.
In case you haven’t heard, cottage cheese is having a *moment*.
Does it have the same publicist as cauliflower? Because like low calorie cauliflower, protein-packed cottage cheese really flew under the radar for years until recently.
Packed with protein, low in fat, and so tasty, it makes sense why cottage cheese has been flying off the shelves.
So to give you some delicious inspiration for that tub of cottage cheese in your fridge, I bring to you a quick and simple cottage cheese salad! It’s like caprese salad but healthier (and more affordable) thanks to that tub of cottage cheese. And it’s like your usual salad recipe, except exciting and leaf-free. Let’s cook!
Cottage Cheese Salad Ingredients
This salad is all about tossing together juicy cherry tomatoes, crunchy cucumber slices, and zesty green parts of onions. We’re adding a layer of herby cottage cheese to make it extra satisfying. It’s like a party on your plate, and you’re invited!
- Cherry Tomatoes: These juicy tomatoes add a burst of sweetness and vibrant color to the salad, balancing the creamy cottage cheese. You could use any type of tomato here if needed.
- English Cucumber: The crisp and refreshing cucumber complements the other ingredients, providing a nice crunch and a touch of coolness.
- Green Onions: Green onions contribute a mild onion flavor and a hint of sharpness, enhancing the overall taste (our guide to slicing green onion here!)
- Salt: The salt helps to draw out moisture from the vegetables, intensifying their natural flavors and creating a juicy marinade.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Olive oil adds a rich and fruity note, bringing a pleasant depth to the salad.
- Lemon Juice: The tangy lemon juice brightens up the dish and balances the creaminess of the cottage cheese.
- Black Pepper: A touch of black pepper adds a subtle kick and a bit of warmth to the salad.
Herby Cottage Cheese
- Cottage Cheese: The creamy cottage cheese serves as the base for the salad, providing a protein-rich and velvety texture. Look for a large curd cottage cheese – the higher the fat content the tastier it will be.
- Lemon Juice: Lemon juice not only adds zing to the cottage cheese but also helps to lighten and enhance its flavor.
- Fresh Dill: Dill infuses the cottage cheese with a fresh and herby aroma, complementing the summer vegetables beautifully.
- Salt: A small amount of salt heightens the flavors in the cottage cheese, making it more savory and well-balanced.
Why cottage cheese?
Cottage cheese isn’t just a tasty addition to your meals, it’s also a protein-packed powerhouse that can give your body a boost. Packed with high-quality protein, it’s like a little protein party for your muscles. Plus, it’s a source of calcium that can help keep those bones in tip-top shape. So, whether you’re spooning it up on its own or adding it to recipes like our Cottage Cheese Salad, you’re treating your taste buds and your body to a healthy dose of goodness.
Can I use other types of cottage cheese?
Absolutely! While the recipe calls for large curd cottage cheese, you can opt for small curd or even low-fat versions based on your preference. Just keep in mind that the texture and creaminess may vary slightly.
Can I make this salad ahead of time for a picnic or gathering?
While you can prepare the components of the salad ahead of time, it’s best to assemble and serve shortly before enjoying. Assemble the layers just before serving to maintain the optimal texture and appearance.
- 12 oz cherry tomatoes halved, 340 g
- ½ English cucumber sliced
- 4 green onions whites and greens separated, sliced
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 15 mL
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice 15 mL
- Pinch black pepper
Herby Cottage Cheese
- 1 14-oz container large curd cottage cheese 396 g
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice 15 mL
- 1 tsp fresh dill finely chopped
- ¼ tsp salt
- Mix Veggies: In a large bowl gently combine halved tomatoes, sliced cucumber, just the white parts of the sliced green onions, and salt. Let sit while you prepare the rest.
- Cottage Cheese: Combine all of the Herby Cottage Cheese ingredients in a separate bowl.
- Finish Veggies: Tilt the bowl with the veggies to pour out excess juices. Stir in the olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper.
- Assemble: Spoon cottage cheese mixture onto a serving platter and spread into an even layer. Spoon mixed veggies on top. Sprinkle with the green slices of the green onion. Serve fresh with crusty bread.