Herbed cottage cheese caprese-style salad

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Eventhough the Royal Selangor challenge is officially over, I continue to think along the lines of “could I make this dish in a cone”? I’m sure it would work in this case…

Oh we are in China by the way, for a wedding, but while I’m gone I thought I’d share a couple of my favourite recipes with you. Upon my return I will attempt to cook some delicious Chinese dishes inspired by out trip.

This mouthwatering spring salad has to be one of my all-time favourites, because it tastes so refreshing and is very quick to make. Plus it’s a great all rounder, it makes a great breakfast, lunch or even light dinner meal.

While traditionally, the Caprese salad is served with buffalo mozzarella, I like to use creamed cottage cheese instead. Smeared on some freshly baked, still warm sourdough it makes for a great meal on warmer days. The cheese has got a great texture and a slightly salty flavour, and it’s creamy enough to make for a nice moist ‘dressing’ on the tomato salad.

Serves 2

Herbed cottage cheese caprese-style salad

Since all of the veges and herbs used in this recipe are coming into season, you should be able to get the best flavours on a budget.

For the herbed cottage cheese:

  • 250g creamed cottage cheese
  • 2 tbsp chives, chopped
  • 2 tbsp basil, chopped

To serve:

  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into 16 thin wedges
  • 16 slices of cucumber
  • 8 basil leaves to garnish
  • olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper

To make the herbed cottage cheese: add chives and basil to the cottage cheese and mix until well combined. Scoop the mixture into the middle of the plate.

To serve: arrange tomato wedges and cucumber slices around the edge of a large dinner plate, alternating. Arrange basil leaves around the plate on top of the ‘salad’. Drizzle with some olive oil and sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper.

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Comments:

13 Responses to Herbed cottage cheese caprese-style salad

  1. I knew the cone would have a lasting impact. This looks fabulous.

  2. Joanne says:

    HAHAHAHA, that’s hysterical that you’re still in that mindset “can I make it in a cone?” I must say, your creativity is super impressive!

  3. This looks like something I would love! And fantastic presentation too.

  4. Caprese is one of my all-time favourite salads. I like your take on it here!

  5. This looks delicious–and easy to make! I’ve never looked into adding spices to cottage cheese. I can’t wait to try this!

  6. Sissi says:

    It looks like a delicious Polish-Italian fusion salad! I am wondering what basil tastes like with cottage cheese (chives have been tested of course hundreds of times).
    Have fun in China!

  7. Juan says:

    Fantastic presentation, Its true ¡¡¡ Is like my favorite salad

  8. Sounds light and delicious. Safe and enjoyable travels!

  9. That’s so funny, but totally understandable. i am assuming you are seeing cone shaped possibilities everywhere. Enjoy your travels.

  10. Ooh! Looks great, Martyna – I actually grew to like cottage cheese in college, and yet haven’t eaten it so often recently. Your beautiful presentation has reignited my interest!

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  12. Very interesting that you used creamed cottage cheese and I’d love to try it. I love the presentation of this salad – so pretty!

 

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