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Creamy Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe (High Protein)

This creamy cottage cheese pasta salad recipe is bright and tangy without mayonnaise. A great high protein pasta salad recipe to bring to a cookout, tailgate, potluck, or BBQ!

Loaded with veggies and easy to make ahead – this is one crowd pleaser pasta salad that everyone will love. It’s a great high protein vegetarian side dish, too!

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If you’re looking for a creamy pasta salad without mayo – you’ve found the right recipe!  I know cottage cheese isn’t everyone’s cup of tea (*looks over at husband*) but if you love it, you LOVE it!  This cottage cheese pasta salad is a bright, tangy, and a fresh take on classic creamy pasta salads. The cottage cheese adds flavor, protein, and pairs really well with fresh summer tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers.

This was definitely a fun recipe to try out: I’m adding it to my “Midwestern Fusion” recipes where I like to combine fun ingredients that remind me of home. This is a great recipe if you like cottage cheese and while it may sound a little strange, it is absolutely fantastic.

This Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe Is

  • High Protein
  • Tangy
  • Vibrant
  • Loaded with Flavor
  • Colorful
  • Vegetarian
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A Great Make-Ahead High Protein Pasta Salad for Entertaining

This cottage cheese pasta salad recipe is fantastic to make ahead of time for a party, potluck, or gathering. Making this recipe in advance allows you to skip any cooking or prep on the day-of. This is a great recipe to entertain with, or bring to an event.

A crowd-pleaser recipe that cottage cheese lovers will want to dig in to!  I got the idea for this recipe after making a pasta salad with cheddar… and realizing that there is another type of cheese that would also be great to add. Adding a scoop of cottage cheese is a great way to add more protein to your bowl, while you are also adding flavor. 

What’s In This High Protein Pasta Salad?

I cook with fresh produce from my garden and from Misfits Market– they sell fantastic fruit, vegetables, pantry staples, & dairy (including cottage cheese) at a discounted price. We get Misfit boxes every other week and love picking out seasonal produce for delivery. Get $10 off your first box by clicking here!

  • Pasta – I used bowtie “farfalle” pasta, but you can use any short or medium shape you like. Rotini, macaroni, ditalini, or penne would all be great choices.
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell Pepper: If you don’t have fresh peppers, these sweet roasted red peppers are a great substitute! I love adding them to breakfast bakes, sandwiches or wraps, and soups.
  • Spinach
  • Lemon Juice
  • Italian Dressing: There are times when I love making my own salad dressings… and then there are times I skip the hassle and use bottled Italian Dressing instead! It has all of the flavor of making your own, and is a huge time saver.
  • Oregano: a spice I always put in my pasta salads!  This dried oregano has a bright and earthy flavor, and goes so well with the fresh crunchy vegetables.
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Cottage Cheese – you can use whatever type you normally buy to eat: fat free, low fat, of 4%. My favorite cottage cheese ever is Cabot brand which is a great Vermont based company they sell in most of our grocery stores here in New England.
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How Do I Make this Cottage Pasta Salad?

  1. Boil a large pot of salted water, and cook pasta according to package. Drain and rinse noodles under cold water to stop them cooking. Set aside.
  2. Dice the cucumber and tomatoes, slice the peppers into fine bite-sized ribbons, chop the spinach, and add all veggies to a bowl. Add the pasta, and dressing – toss to coat. Squeeze the lemon juice over the salad and toss once more. Add a pinch of oregano, and season with Salt and Pepper if needed! Stir in the cottage cheese and enjoy!!
  3. For leftovers – I like to take a quart sized mason jar, fill half with pasta salad, and half with fresh spinach and enjoy for a quick and easy lunch!

Eat Seasonal with This Summer Pasta Salad with Cottage Cheese

This summer cheese pasta salad is a great way to get in some seasonal fresh produce!  Summer time means fresh garden tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers. Combine all these amazing fresh ingredients into this tasty and delicious summer BBQ pasta salad. And add in some fresh chopped herbs for a little extra freshness and taste of summer!

Dietary Modifications

  • This recipe is vegetarian.
  • To make this gluten free, ensure you use a certified gluten free pasta and dressing. Always check labels to be certified gluten free before using.
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Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad

Kelly Jensen
Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad is creamy and tangy without mayonnaise – this is a great high protein pasta salad recipe to bring to a cookout, tailgate, potluck, or BBQ! Loaded with veggies and easy to make ahead – this is one crowd pleaser pasta salad that everyone will love.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Pasta, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 215 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Boil a large pot of salted water, and cook pasta according to package. Drain and rinse noodles under cold water to stop them cooking. Set aside.
  • Dice the cucumber and tomatoes, slice the peppers into fine bite-sized ribbons, chop the spinach, and add all veggies to a bowl. Add the pasta, and dressing – toss to coat.
  • Squeeze the lemon juice over the salad and toss once more. Add a pinch of oregano, and season with Salt and Pepper if needed! Stir in the cottage cheese and enjoy!!

Notes

Save on Fresh Groceries & Pantry Staples

I love shopping for fresh produce through Misfits Market. They sell fresh produce, pantry staples, and fantastic groceries (even wine!) at a discounted price. Choose your favorite seasonal produce, enjoy delivery right to your door, & $10 off your first box by clicking here.
Getting groceries online has turned out to be a huge time and money saver for us. If you haven’t tried a produce box yet, I highly recommend trying one out!

Nutrition

Calories: 215kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 9gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 187mgPotassium: 220mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 329IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg
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