Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Grandma's Cottage Cheese Salad

Today I am sharing a recipe I grew up with, a staple in my grandparents' home, especially in the summer - Cottage Cheese Salad. Light, refreshing and healthy too! Cottage cheese loaded with veggies and seasoned to taste. Perfect for a hot summer day and a great way to use all those garden veggies. This wonderful salad takes just minutes to make and is so versatile, simple to adapt to your taste. 

Pictured above is the classic version I grew up with. Cottage cheese with fresh tomatoes, cucumber, onion with salt and pepper to taste. 

Whenever I make this salad, I picture myself at my grandparents' kitchen table, my favorite place on earth as a child. Such wonderful memories.

As an adult, I've changed this salad up a bit. I like to add all sorts of veggies, whatever I have on hand - radishes, carrots, bell peppers, olives and more. 

This is great with your favorite seasonings too. Often I'll add Italian or Greek seasonings. There are no rules. Add what you like and adjust the amounts. 

For this salad pictured below, in addition to tomatoes, cucumber and onion, I added orange and red bell peppers. 

I love adding a splash of balsamic vinaigrette. If you're in the mood for something with a kick, try adding a few dashes of Tabasco or hot sauce. 

I have so much love for this salad. Simple to make. So good. A delicious trip down memory lane. 

Grandma's Cottage Cheese Salad

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Adapt amounts below to your preference

  • 16 ounces cottage cheese (1%, 2% or 4%)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup tomatoes - cut in bit size pieces, seeded if you like (use your favorite tomatoes - plum, cherry, romamo, fresh from the garden) 
  • 1/4 cup onion (less or more) -vidalia, any sweet onion, red onion, green onion (use your favorite)
  • 1/2 large cucumber (or more), peeled, cut in bite size pieces, seeded if you like.  English cucumbers are great with this salad
  • salt & pepper to taste
In a medium size bowl, add cottage cheese and veggies - mix well.  Season with salt and pepper. Serve chilled. Enjoy!

  • your favorite seasonings (Greek, Italian are great)
  • Tabasco, hot sauce 
  • fresh lemon juice
  • any veggies you like - radishes, carrots, peppers and more
  • sliced olives
  • pepperoncini
  • add a splash of vinaigrette or your favorite Italian or Greek dressing 
  • Serve with a side of your favorite crackers. I love wheat thins and using the salad as a dip. So good!
Try fruit cocktail. My friend/roommate in college loved cottage cheese topped with fruit cocktail - that was a staple in our apartment!  So good.   

Sharing my grandma's salad at Weekend Potluck.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


ZazaCook said...

So healthy and delicious!

Mimi G said...

This recipe really sounds delicious! Pinned. Thanks!

Marsha Baker said...

YUMMM! Those grandma recipes are the bestest ever huh? I love enjoying those veggies with my cottage cheese...this is a great idea. So glad you shared. I make a cottage cheese salad that is just added chopped hard boiled eggs and some garlic. Delish!

Anonymous said...

I just ran across your site and was surprised to see your recipe for Grandma's Cottage Cheese Salad. I am on a low carb diet and I made a salad up that's almost identical to this. The only difference is I add white Albacore tuna packed in water and jalapeƱos to it. It is truly delicious and low in carbs and high in protein. I usually add a little Good Seasons Italian dressing to mine. So glad I found your blog.

Katherine Spaude said...

Cottage cheese is high in protein so I was searching on pinterest for some recipes and came across your. I have served cottage cheese with tomatoes or watermelon before but I loved the idea of onions, radishes, cucumbers, peppers etc etc. I will be eating this all summer long! Thanks for sharing!

nancyrobert2011 said...

This is an interesting salad dressing ideas. very cool and gorgeous

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Anonymous said...

I add some cream cheese blended with Miracle Whip. It only takes a small aamount. So good.

Teri Camacho said...

This looks really good. When I was a kid, a friend of mine's gma made a cottage cheese salad, that had flavored jello, and I think cream cheese, not really sure what was all in it. So, if anyone knows what I'm talking about and has the rest of it, would u please post it. Thanks

celeste frogue said...

Cottage cheese whipped cream a fruit mellow size depending on size of cottage cheese and whipped cream and any canned fruit- my kids fav is a red jellies with mandarin oranges... always drain fruit well...

Roger Smith said...

I mix in ranch dressing with the cottage cheese. That adds creamyness, takes care of the spices, and the salt (at least for my taste). Like the author said; there's no rules in making this! :-)

Susan b said...

Thank you for bringing back memories! My grandma made this every week during the summer as a light lunch with some dark brown German bread. I haven't made it in 20+ years. But because I'm thinking of her during this holiday and it will be close to 80 degrees today, I'm making it for lunch. I love it with chives, cucumber, radishes salt and pepper



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Anonymous said...

Love Red beets and Fresh dill with cottage cheese.

Deb Pelham said...

We add a package of tuna to the cottage cheese, along with chopped onions, sweet pickles, a little mayonaise, salt & pepper. We cut a tomato into sections without cutting all the way through and open it like a flower and cover it with the cottage cheese mixture. We have it quite often during the summer months when our tomatoes ripen in the garden...try it, it's different and delicious for a hot summer night.

Anonymous said...

We make it and add sunflower seeds, shredded cheese and flax seed sticks.

jessica Therrien said...

For a light lunch i have cottage cheese, tomatoes, avocados and occasionally black olive because i love the flavor. Other days the new pouch and flavored tunas (lemon pepper tuna is my fav) with cottage cheese and cucumber or avocado.