This Hearty Greek Cottage Cheese Bowl is an easy, high-protein breakfast or lunch that’s fresh, flavorful and requires no cooking.
Greek cottage cheese bowl
Need a quick lunch that doesn’t need to be cooked or reheated? Then you will love this recipe! I created this savory cottage cheese bowl inspired by a Greek salad with tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, Kalamata olives, feta and fresh dill. I’ll be making this cottage cheese lunch bowl all summer long, it doesn’t get any easier than that. Simply chop the veggies and mix everything together in a bowl. It’s quick, tasty and packed with protein. More Savory Cottage Cheese Bowls Recipes You might like these Burst Tomato Cottage Cheese Caprese Bowl and Savory Cottage Cheese Bowl. And if you prefer a sweeter bowl, try this Berry Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl.
Is Cottage Cheese Healthy?
Cottage cheese is a low-carb cheese that is high in protein. A cup is 25 grams. Not to mention it’s an excellent source of calcium. It’s so versatile and is great for everything from cottage cheese lasagna to bowls and baked goods to eggs.
- Cottage cheese: I used Good Culture 2% Cottage Cheese. It’s my favorite brand, but any will work.
- Dill: Chop a tablespoon of fresh dill.
- Vegetables: Cherry tomatoes, yellow or orange peppers, mini cucumbers
- salt and pepper to flavor the vegetables
- Olives: Chop the pitted Kalamata olives.
- feta crumbled at the top
- olive oil to sprinkle at will
How to make Greek Cottage Cheese Shells
- Mix in the cottage cheese and place half of the dill in a small bowl.
- Add the vegetables and season with salt and pepper.
- Top Top with olives, feta and remaining dill and drizzle with olive oil.
How to prepare cottage cheese shells
These Greek Cottage Cheese Bowls are perfect for a quick and easy lunch. You can cut peppers, cucumbers and olives up to three days before eating. Keep them in one container and the cottage cheese and dill in another. Wait to cut your tomatoes until just before you eat them so they don’t get soggy.
- Not a cottage cheese fan? If you don’t like the texture, puree the cottage cheese until smooth or substitute Greek yogurt.
- Tomatoes: Swap out cherry tomatoes for grape tomatoes, or core and dice a ripe tomato.
- cucumbers: Replace it with an English cucumber. If using regular, peel and core before dicing.
- Vegetables: Add shallots, spring onions, radishes or turnips.
- Nuts: Top with pine nuts, almonds or pistachios.
- Spice: Sprinkle with any bagel seasoning, onion powder, or garlic powder.
- Salty taste: Add capers or artichoke hearts.
- Herbs: Garnish with fresh parsley, basil or mint.
- Serving suggestion: Dip flatbread or chips in this Greek cottage cheese bowl.
Cottage cheese vs Greek yogurt
Both cottage cheese and Greek yogurt are nutritious dairy products that can form part of a balanced diet. They each offer unique benefits, but also differ in a few key ways:
protein content: Greek yogurt is usually slightly higher in protein compared to cottage cheese, but the exact amount may vary by brand or variety. Greek yogurt is strained to remove liquid whey, resulting in a thicker texture and higher protein concentration.
carbohydrate content: Plain Greek yogurt tends to have a slightly higher carbohydrate content than cottage cheese. This is mainly due to the natural sugar (lactose) contained in milk.
calcium content: Both Greek yogurt and cottage cheese are good sources of calcium, but cottage cheese typically contains less calcium compared to Greek yogurt.
texture and taste: Greek yogurt has a thick, creamy texture and tangy flavor, while cottage cheese is curd with a mild, slightly sweet flavor. If consistency is an issue, you can also whip up the cottage cheese.
versatility: Both are versatile. Greek yogurt can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, as well as a healthier substitute for sour cream or mayonnaise. Cottage cheese is often eaten on its own, with fruit, in savory bowls, or as part of other dishes like salads and lasagna.
digestibility: Some people find Greek yogurt easier to digest due to its probiotic content, which may help with gut health. Cottage cheese, on the other hand, might be harder to digest for those with lactose intolerance, although some brands, like Good Culture, offer lactose-free options.
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Yield: 1 portion
Serving size: 1 Bowl
In a small bowl, mix together the cottage cheese and half the fresh dill.
Pour into a bowl.
Top with cherry tomatoes, cucumber and peppers; Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Add olives, feta and remaining fresh dill. Drizzle with olive oil if you like.
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Portion: 1 Bowl, Calories: 186 kcal, Carbohydrates: 9.5 G, Protein: 21.5 G, Fat: 7 G, Saturated Fatty Acids: 3.5 G, Cholesterol: 28.5 mg, Sodium: 695 mg, Fiber: 1.5 G, Sugar: 6 G