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Creamy Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe (High Protein, Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

Creamy Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad is bright 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.

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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 mash up fun ingredients that remind me of home. This is a great recipe if you like cottage cheese (I love it!) and while it may sound a little strange, it is absolutely fantastic.

This Creamy Summer Pasta Salad Recipe Is:

  • High Protein
  • Tangy
  • Vibrant
  • Loaded with Flavor
  • Colorful
  • Vegetarian, and gluten free by using GF pasta

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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. 

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Whats In This Creamy High Protein Cheese Pasta Salad?

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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!

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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 healthy and delicious summer bbq pasta salad. And add in some fresh chopped herbs for a little extra freshness and taste of summer!

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Other Popular Summer Side Dishes For BBQ season!

Pantry 3 Bean Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free, No Cook Sides)

Summer White Bean & Veggie Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Instant Pot Vegetarian Cowboy Beans Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free)

BBQ Deviled Eggs Recipe (Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

BLT Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe (Gluten Free, Vegan/Vegetarian Options)
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Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad (Vegetarian, GF)

The Herbeevore
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 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Pasta, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 90 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!!
  • 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!

Nutrition

Calories: 90kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 4gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 295mgPotassium: 196mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 809IUVitamin C: 32mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 1mg
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