Recipe for the Optional Veggie Cottage Cheese Salad

The Optional Veggie Salad
The Optional Veggie Salad | Source

You need a quick, easy salad for a family meal, a pool party, or a get-together with friends. You want something you think everyone will like. Awwww... an Optional Veggie Cottage Cheese Salad! Delicious and good for you, too!

Why do I call it "optional"? Because, just like my Optional Cheeseball recipe, you can tailor it to what you like or what your family or guests will like. You can choose different vegetables. You can use a low fat cottage cheese, large curd or small curd. You can even switch it around with different mixtures.

If you grow your own garden, you can be sure to get your favorite vegetables. You would also be saving a lot of money on ingredients. A tip to keep ingredients for your salad all year long is to flash freeze you chopped vegetables and keep them in your freezer in a zip lock bag.

My idea for this recipe came from one of my aunt's salads. Rather than all the vegetables, she added boiled eggs, green olives, and mayonnaise. It was delicious, but I wanted to add more and take away a couple of ingredients. So you can choose to go by my optional recipe or get ideas from it to create your own. It will be yours.

Cook Time/Chill Time

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 2 hours
Ready in: 2 hours 45 min
Yields: Serves 12 - 15 people
4.1 stars from 7 ratings of Veggie Cottage Cheese Salad
You can use your preferred cottage cheese, such as low fat or large curd.
You can use your preferred cottage cheese, such as low fat or large curd. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • green olives, sliced
  • black olives, sliced
  • 24 ounce container cottage cheese
Don't these vegetables look delish?  Use whatever veggies or additives you like.  For a different flavor, you could add jalapeno, mayonnaise, and/or boiled eggs.  It is all good!
Don't these vegetables look delish? Use whatever veggies or additives you like. For a different flavor, you could add jalapeno, mayonnaise, and/or boiled eggs. It is all good! | Source

Preparing the Vegetables

  1. Chop and slice all vegetables. Since it is an optional recipe, you can add or subtract whichever vegetables you like. For instance, I think a red onion is strong, and sometimes I leave it out. But, I like to make my salad look as colorful as possible, and the purple of the "red" onion adds flavor and color. Maybe it depends on the mood.
  2. Pour cottage cheese into a medium size bowl. If I am staying home, I put it in a glass or ceramic bowl. If I am taking it to a party, I like to place it in a plastic bowl with a lid.
  3. Mix veggies into cottage cheese. Place in refrigerator for 2 hours so all the flavors can blend. Personally, I like to make it the night before, but sometimes time does not permit. Some think it tastes like a cold pizza but without the grease.

Variations

There are so many variations you could do with this recipe. I have used both spicy banana peppers and jalapenos in mine. Be sure you slice/dice them when your hands and the peppers are dry to avoid the burn of their oil.

One thing we love to do during the summer growing season is take our tomatoes straight from the vine, chop them, then place them over our cottage cheese salad with a little salt and pepper. We love that with all the veggies or even with only tomatoes. I do not suggest you chop the tomatoes up and place them in the salad because they get mushy. It is better to use them on the side.

It is a great diet food with great taste. Who can turn that down?

You now have a colorful cottage cheese salad that everyone will enjoy.
You now have a colorful cottage cheese salad that everyone will enjoy. | Source

© 2012 Susan Holland

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I love all the ingredients so why not make a salad? ha! That looks really good and I like the comment that it tastes kind of like a pizza without the grease. Perfect!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks Kelly! I just made it and it is chillin' in the frig. :-) It really does taste like a veggie pizza.

Thanks for dropping by!!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I've not yet acquired the taste for cottage cheese but I do need a salad for tonight and with all the veggies I love in your salad I will try this. My son has a container of cottage cheese in the fridge that I'm going to borrow.


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

This sounds so good! I love cottage cheese and I'm looking for a way to get more veggies in my diet. Great idea! Thanks for sharing it with us.


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan

I never would have thought of putting those ingredients together but I do love all of them. I'm going to make me a Veggie Cottage Cheese Salad and soon. :)

Thanks!

Mekenzie


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

A perfect summertime salad for sure. Well done; I'll be over for lunch tomorrow if you don't mind. :)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This is such a simple dish but it is one that I know would be so enjoyable. The veggies mixed with cottage cheese is a complete meal in itself.


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MaxLucas 4 years ago

Add Moringa powder and it's complete


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

I love this because it is your own creation and not something I would have thought of combining. Most people think of adding fruit to Cottage Cheese. And it is SO pretty too. When I am looking for something to "hold me over" or "give me energy" - one thing I go for is Cottage Cheese. And this would be even more healthier with all the great veggies.


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donnah75 4 years ago from Upstate New York

We make a similar salad with green onions and radishes mixed in with cottage cheese. Alongside slices of tomato, it is delicious! Voted up.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I have never made a salad with cottage cheese, but I'm intrigued now! I'll have to give this a try sometime.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Samantha,

Looks yummy.

Voted up and awesome.

Take care :)


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I love cottage cheese.. and I love it anyway I can get it.. thank you for posting it on TOPS.. on Facebook..

Debbie


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Deborah!

That is what I love about the Optional Cottage Cheese Salad - you can put anything in it or leave it out because it is optional. LOL This is one of our favorite summertime meals!

Thanks for dropping by!! :-)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

love all the ingredients and love eating them raw...this was an excellent recipe 'cause by eating raw I will be able to consume all the anti-oxidants along with it.

voted up as interesting and useful and sharing it across


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Ruchira! I love all these raw veggies, too! You are right; they do provide anti-oxidants, which makes it even better! :-)

Thanks for dropping by, commenting, and sharing!


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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

A Veggie Cottage Cheese Salad sounds awesome! I am a salad lover and can eat salad for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Would love to try this one too! Hub voted up and rated...


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Anamika, I am a salad lover, too. I love this one because I really can eat it any time and can add to it if I want. I hope you give it a try to enjoy it.

Thanks for dropping by and the votes! :-)


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

I love anything with cottage cheese! This is such a great looking recipe. Perfect to make and take it with you to a party or backyard BBQ. I love the colorful picture as well. Presentation is everything! Great job Susan!

Thumbs up and shared! Lisa


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

of course I love all the veggies and I adore cottage cheese (only large curd). Hard to find sometimes. I love the photos of the chopped veggies..Ready to try right now...maybe a little later in the day. Thanks for sharing all this yummyness.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Lisa! It is even great by itself for a meal. :-) I love how you can tailor it to your own tastes.

I have to give credit to Sharyn's Slant for helping me make my pictures more vivid. She's a jewel! :-)

Thanks for dropping by, voting and sharing! :-)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Carol, I hope you got to try it. It is better the second day. :-)

Thanks for dropping by!


veena 3 years ago

looks colorful


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

It is and delicious, too. :-)


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Vacation Trip 3 years ago from India

Wow. This looks so colorful. Awesome salad recipe. Thank you for sharing.


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thank you! :-)


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Phyllis Doyle 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Sholland, this is an awesome recipe. Thank you for sharing it. Cottage cheese is one of my favorite lunch time foods, or even a light snack with crackers. I often add ingredients to it, like chopped green onions, bacon bits, pepper and mayo. I must try your idea with the vegetables. Thanks again for a great recipe.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Oh Yum!!!!


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Phyllis, that sounds yummy! You can do almost anything with cottage cheese. We love this salad in the summer as a main dish.

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Audrey! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Yum! Neat that it tastes like pizza! I love cottage cheese with veggies. This sounds like a great mixture. Perfect for summer, too! I have a hub on what to mix with cottage cheese. This will be perfect to link to mine, if you don't mind! :-)


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Vicki! I will link you back! :-)


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

What a great idea for a salad! Thanks!


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Rebecca! I hope you try and enjoy it! :-)


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

mmmm Susan this is wonderful I will be using this recipe.. thank you girlfriend... thank you for submitting it in my cookbook..

Debbie


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Debbie, thanks so much! I feel honored that you asked! :-)


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

This looks great! I have cottage cheese on hand quite often, but have never had a salad like this. I look forward to trying it soon!

Voted up and pinning.

Have a great day!

~ Kathryn


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Kathryn! We love it! I have a big family get-together coming up, and this was the dish requested I bring. :-)

Thanks for dropping by, voting, and pinning!! :-)


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passionate77 3 years ago

hmm very nice and so easy recipe, i am a salad lover and would love to try it definitely.


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Passionate77! I hope you love it as much as we do.

Thanks for dropping by!! :-)


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Susan......I missed this all these months, but I'm sure it's because I rarely read recipe hubs. However, I could swear I see bits of lobster in your salad and I can't resist lobster.

I don't see where you mention lobster, so obviously my eyes deceive me? Glad I read this anyway......just the ingredients makes me know I would love it and that it makes a perfect dish to bring to a gathering!

Looking forward to DELICIOUS!...UP++


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sholland10 2 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

HEY PAULA! Nope, no lobster, just veggies. Maybe it is the pimentos from the green olives or the red peppers. It is one of our favorite side and main dishes. We eat it all year round, but it is a favorite summer side dish. Garden vegetables are the best... I just haven't figured out how to grow olives in Missouri. ;-)

Thanks so much for dropping by and the votes!! I always love seeing your gorgeous picture! :-)


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poetryman6969 19 months ago

I would want to add fruit but what you have looks beautiful.


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sholland10 19 months ago from Southwest Missouri Author

PoetryMan, take all the vegetables out and replace them with fruit... That sounds delicious! :-)

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