Make this cottage cheese cucumber tomato salad with avocado when you want a quick, easy, and filling lunch. Minimal prep and ready in 10 minutes, this simple salad packs 25 grams of protein! The texture of creamy cottage cheese paired with a crunchy, fresh salad is *chef’s kiss*.

If you’re not partial to the texture of cottage cheese curds, make this salad with whipped cottage cheese instead.

cottage cheese salad in a green bowl on a dish towel surrounded by some ingredients

If you’re like me, you don’t want to put a ton of thought and effort into weekday lunches.

They of course have to be tasty, filling, and energizing, but anything that takes more than 15 or 20 minutes is OUT for me!

Sometimes I’ll make a sandwich with my Greek yogurt tuna salad or no mayo egg salad, but a lot of times I want a hearty salad for lunch.

This cottage cheese cucumber salad with cherry tomatoes and avocado is a new favorite!

If you like my cottage cheese avocado toast or tomato basil cottage cheese toast, this salad is right up your alley.

As a Registered Dietitian, I’m here for the cottage cheese comeback because it’s a nutritious dairy product that provides protein, calcium, and vitamin B12.

If you enjoy cottage cheese too (like in my cottage cheese breakfast bowl), you’ve got to try this quick, easy, and nutritious cottage cheese salad for lunch ASAP!

This recipe is gluten free, nut free, and vegetarian. This is a single serving recipe for a meal sized salad.

cottage cheese salad ingredients measured out on a wooden cutting board

Ingredients

Everything you need to make this recipe:

  • Cottage cheese: The star ingredient of this recipe! You can use whichever type of cottage cheese you like best – and if you want to add one extra easy step, you could even make whipped cottage cheese for this. I used this full fat cottage cheese.
  • Mini cucumber: I love mini cucumbers! They are the perfect size for a single serving salad, and with minimal seeds, they are extra crunchy.
  • Cherry tomatoes: Cherry tomatoes and cucumber are a classic salad combo. Just cut them in half and toss them into the salad.
  • Avocado: Avocado adds creamy texture as well as lots of nutrients like fiber and monounsaturated fatty acids.
  • Scallion: Raw scallion adds a mild onion-y flavor without being too overpowering. You could swap scallion for diced red onion in this recipe.
  • Balsamic vinegar: This salad is dressed simply in good balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Take it to the next level if you want, and use balsamic glaze instead!
  • Extra virgin olive oil: This type of olive oil is perfect for salads because it has a fresh, earthy, robust flavor.
  • Salt and pepper: Just a little salt and pepper enhance the flavors of the raw veggies in this salad. Because cottage cheese is high in sodium, just a pinch of salt is all you need.

Kitchen equipment needed

  • Cutting board
  • Chef’s knife, 6 or 8 inch
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl

Step-by-step instructions

This salad is super easy and fast to prepare!

cut up veggies in small bowls
1. Slice cucumber, cut cherry tomatoes in half, dice avocado, and slice scallion.
Cucumber tomato avocado salad in a white bowl mixed together
2. Combine all the veggies in a mixing bowl and add balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss with mixing spoons to combine.
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3. Spread the cottage cheese into a thin layer at the bottom of a low salad bowl.
Cottage cheese salad with cucumber, tomato, and avocado in a green bowl
4. Top the cottage cheese with the dressed vegetables. Enjoy while cold!

Because this salad has not lettuce, you can prep it a day ahead and store it overnight in the fridge.

The veggies will start to lose their crunch after a day of storage, though.

This salad is quite filling, thanks to the high protein and fiber content. Enjoy on it’s own or with some crusty bread on the side.

cottage cheese cucumber tomato avocado salad mixed up in a green bowl

Cottage cheese nutrition benefits

We all know that cottage cheese has a lot of protein. But did you know it also has other important nutrients?

In addition to 14 grams of protein, half a cup of cottage cheese also has:

  • 80 mg calcium (6% of your daily needs)
  • 0.71 mcg vitamin B12 (30% of your daily needs)
  • 0.186 mg riboflavin (14% of your daily needs)
  • 10.17 mcg selenium (18% of your daily needs)
  • 151.42 mg phosphorus (12% of your daily needs)

Nutrition tip: Cottage cheese is high in sodium. To avoid excess sodium in your diet, pair cottage cheese with low sodium foods, like the veggies in this salad!

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Cottage Cheese Salad with Cucumber, Tomato, and Avocado

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  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh, RD
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: salads
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian
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Description

Make this cottage cheese cucumber tomato salad with avocado when you want a quick, easy, and filling lunch. Minimal prep and ready in 10 minutes, this simple salad packs 25 grams of protein! The texture of creamy cottage cheese paired with a crunchy, fresh salad is *chef’s kiss*.

If you’re not partial to the texture of cottage cheese curds, make this salad with whipped cottage cheese instead.


Ingredients

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  • 1 mini cucumber, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 scallion, white and light green parts thinly sliced
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • A few grinds of pepper
  • 3/4 cup cottage cheese


Instructions

  1. To a small-medium mixing bowl, add the cucumber, cherry tomatoes, scallion, and avocado.
  2. Add the balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Gently toss the ingredients together using mixing spoons to coat all the vegetables in the vinegar and oil.
  4. Spread the cottage cheese into a thin layer at the bottom of a shallow salad bowl.
  5. Put the dressed vegetables on top of the cottage cheese, drizzling with any oil and vinegar that is left at the bottom of the mixing bowl.
  6. Enjoy right away while cold!

Notes

Because this salad has not lettuce, you can prep it a day ahead and store it overnight in the fridge.

The veggies will start to lose their crunch after a day of storage, though.

This salad is quite filling, thanks to the high protein and fiber content. Enjoy on it’s own or with some crusty bread on the side.