Easy Cottage Cheese Dip

Easy Cottage Cheese Dip

In an era when the kitchen was considered a woman’s domain, my grandfather was the family cook, and an excellent one at that.  My grandma on the other hand, cooked very little, with a limited repertoire of dishes.  This easy cottage cheese dip was one of them.  It was something that came out for company, to keep guests satiated while my grandfather worked his magic in the kitchen and my grandmother played the piano.

Easy Cottage Cheese Dip for Snack or Appetizer

This easy cottage cheese dip became the appetizer staple in my house growing up as well. We knew to expect guests when my mother would pull together its few ingredients — cottage cheese, red onion, parsley, mayonnaise, and black pepper — along with crackers and vegetables for dipping.

Serve with Veggies, Crackers, Pretzels, or even Chips

I make it just as my mom and grandma did, using the cottage cheese container as a mixing bowl.  It’s one less dish to clean and does the job  perfectly well. For serving, I empty the finished dip into a ceramic bowl with whatever is in the crisper drawer appropriate for scooping: carrots, celery, cucumber, snap peas, and radishes, just to name a few. I also like it with salted pretzel thins and Triscuits. This is old school snacking, after all.

Easy Cottage Cheese Dip

Is Cottage Cheese Healthy?

Even though cottage cheese has a reputation for being dull “diet” food, its mild taste is exactly what makes it ideal for the flavors and textures in this recipe. Cottage cheese is also a wholesome source of protein. It also doesn’t pack a whole lot of calories, just 90 per 1/2 cup of low-fat cottage cheese. It gets even healthier when served with a bundle of crunchy vegetables, a nourishing tide-me-over for kids and adults awaiting dinner.  It’s also my “go to” for a light lunch that works well for kid’s lunch boxes, too. Folks who are watching their salt intake may want keep an eye on the cottage cheese, though, since it has roughly 300 mg per serving. 

Cottage Cheese is Comfort Food

Regardless of how healthy or easy this recipe is, for me, it’s all comfort. As options for appetizers have blossomed from the seven layer creations of my childhood to artisanal cheeses, exotic spreads, and crostini of every stripe, there continues to be a place for my grandmother’s humble invention.

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Healthier Ranch Dip

Lighter Green Goddess Dip

Sweet Potato Hummus

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Easy Cottage Cheese Dip
5 from 2 votes

Easy Cottage Cheese Dip

This humble dip is so simple and ever so tasty. I serve it for an after school snack or set it out when dinner is running late and hungry kids come sniffing around the kitchen. Cottage Cheese Dip always satisfies.
Keyword cottage cheese dip
Prep Time 6 minutes
Servings 6 servings (2 1/4 cups dip)
Calories 70 kcal
Author Katie Morford


  • One 16-ounce container low-fat cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (I use light Best Foods)
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a small bowl, combine the cottage cheese, mayonnaise, parsley, and onion. Add several generous turns with your pepper grinder. Stir well and serve with cut up raw vegetables and/or crackers.



05.16.2011 at5:38 PM #


I remember this well as a favorite growing up! Enjoy!

07.07.2014 at4:07 PM #


Umm like cottage chesee Give me a gallon of milk and I will make for you 2 lbs of fresh organic cottage chesee. I think its pretty good actually.

07.05.2017 at11:58 PM #

Sandy Bethany

Looming forward to reading more

04.18.2019 at9:22 PM #


I make a cottage cheese dip with just cottage cheese and salsa. Very good on tortilla chips but on veggies too

04.18.2019 at9:22 PM #

Katie Morford

Will have to try it your way, too!

07.08.2020 at11:37 AM #


a trainer once turned me onto a ‘perfect’ quick dinner…Baked potato, add cottage cheese & top w/salsa…delicious & good for you..!

07.08.2020 at11:37 AM #

Katie Morford

Cottage cheese on baked potatoes was a staple in my 20s. I never thought to add salsa, but it sounds tasty.

09.02.2021 at9:22 PM #


This sounds yummy! I would substitute cilantro for parsley.

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