Savory Cottage Cheese Bowl

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This Savory Cottage Cheese Bowl topped with veggies and pistachios is a protein-packed breakfast that will keep you full all morning.

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Savory Cottage Cheese Bowl

I love cottage cheese but don’t always want to top it with fruit. These Savory Cottage Cheese Bowls with cucumbers, bell pepper, and tomatoes are a great solution. Perfect for breakfast or snack, they are an easy way to get more protein in your day. If you’re not a fan of the taste of cottage cheese, you can use yogurt instead. For more recipes that use cottage cheese, see my High Protein Bread and Strawberry Protein Smoothie.

Savory Cottage Cheese Bowl

Cottage cheese is a great, healthy breakfast. While low in carbs and sugar, it’s very high in protein. A one-cup serving can have more than 25 grams of protein! Cottage cheese is also a good source of calcium, phosphorous, vitamin B12, and riboflavin.

What do you put in a savory cottage cheese bowl?

I fill this cottage cheese breakfast bowl with the colorful vegetables listed below and then top with pistachios for extra protein and crunch:

  • Persian cucumbers
  • Bell pepper
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Chives or scallion greens
  • Leftover roasted veggies

How to Meal Prep Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowls:

These bowls are super simple to prep ahead. Just cut your veggies and pistachios the night before and store in separate food containers. Wait on cutting the tomatoes until right before eating as they can get soggy if cut too soon. You could even cut extra vegetables, so you have enough to make bowls for the next few days.

When ready to eat, scoop cottage cheese into a bowl, cut your tomatoes, and top with vegetables, nuts, salt, and pepper.


  • Use regular cucumbers or English cucumbers if you can’t find Persian.
  • Sub yellow or orange bell pepper instead of red.
  • Swap grape tomatoes for cherry tomatoes.
  • Replace pistachios with pine nuts or almonds if you prefer.
  • Use Greek yogurt if you’re not a cottage-cheese fan.
  • Top with everything bagel seasoning instead of salt.

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Savory Cottage Cheese Bowl

221 Cals 25 Protein 19 Carbs 8 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Yield: 1 serving
COURSE: Breakfast, Meal Prep, Snack
CUISINE: American
This Savory Cottage Cheese Bowl topped with veggies and pistachios is a protein-packed breakfast that will keep you full all morning.


  • ¾ cup low fat cottage cheese, I like Good Culture
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives or finely minced scallion greens, divided
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup sliced Persian cucumbers
  • ½ medium bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 10 halved grape tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped, roasted shelled pistachios
  • Kosher salt


  • In a small bowl, combine cottage cheese with 1 tablespoon chives and pepper, to taste.
  • Layer cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes on top then garnish with remaining 1 tablespoon chives and pistachios.
  • Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper, to taste.


Serving: 1bowl, Calories: 221kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 624mg, Fiber: 4.5g, Sugar: 13g
Keywords: high protein breakfast, recipes with cottage cheese, savory cottage cheese

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  1. Thanks SO much for this beautiful and tasty recommendation. It seems so simple. I’ve made it several times this week and it’s delicious and beautiful. I’ve long thought that I need to somehow add veggies first thing in the morning in order to hit that 5 a day goal. I just couldn’t think of a quick, easy way. This is it.

  2. So yummy! I would have never thought to make a savory cottage cheese bowl but this totally works. I just so happened to have everything on hand and threw this together in a matter of minutes. I’ll most definitely make this again!

  3. This is my favorite breakfast now.  It is so easy and delicious! 

  4. I finally got around to trying this and it is fabulous! So filling.

  5. Scrumptious exactly as written.

  6. Best savory breakfast ever!! I love cottage cheese and would never have thought about this combo but it is amazing! I usually do fruit with cottage cheese but this was a great switch up and love the high protein 

  7. Made this this morning. So chock full of good stuff, will be adding to my weekly rotation. 
    I had forgotten the beauty of CC. Like tofu, it is easy to elevate. Years ago, as a poor student in London, flatmates and I regularly ate cottage cheese and mixed it with whatever was on sale, sweet or savory. 

  8. Have just received your your SKINNYTASTE Ultimate Meal Planner and our plan is to follow it and use it to help us improve our lifestyle. 

  9. My new go-to breakfast! Love this!

  10. Absolutely delicious! I made it as written and added some everything bagel seasoning on top. It’s a perfectly light, yet filling breakfast. I’ll definitely make it again.

  11. Hmmmm…. I like cottage cheese so I’ll try this but it seems you can add anything to cottage cheese and it will taste good, ie., fruits, veggies and even meats!
    I’ll add this recipe to my list. 🙂

  12. This is so gooooooooooooooooooooooood

  13. This is SO GOOD! I don’t like tomatoes and totally forgot to add the cucumbers, but I had red peppers, chives, slivered almonds, roasted garlic seasoning, salt, and pepper. YUM! It’s wonderful to have something new for breakfast that isn’t your standard eggs.

  14. This is delicious! I am always trying to find something new for breakfast. This was a rainbow in a bowl and full of protein. I am definitely having this in the regular rotation.

  15. I have accepted a challenge from a group of running friends to incorporate more produce into my meals to use up the bounty of garden goodness.   This was my opportunity to try something savory for breakfast outside of my usual choice of eggs with veggies.   I loved it!    Will be making more often. 

  16. I was a cottage cheese skeptic but these bowls are really delicious. Thank you! My husband and I have been having them a lot. The everything bagel spice takes it over the top!

  17. Really Good. I wasn’t sure I could do vegetables for breakfast, but it was fine!! The ratio of cheese to vegetable was a little off, heavy on vegetables.

  18. This was delicious! The crunch factor, which makes it so satisfying was amazing. The possibilities are endless as to what you can include. I added a chopped hard boiled egg, my avocado was too hard and some very thin sliced baby carrots. Sliced black olives I think would also be yummy, also chick peas, kidneys or black beans. Tomorrow I think my Peach Truck peaches will be ready, so I’m doing a fruit version with almonds. 
    Delicious and satisfying!

  19. Amazing recipe! I’ve always eaten cottage cheese with fruits or jam and the idea of eating it with veggies was completely foreign to me. However, this tastes so good!! I’ve already made these bowls several times. The pistachios add the perfect amount of flavor and crunch.

  20. So good! Kind of surprisingly good for how simple it it. I didn’t have any chives but otherwise made as stated with lots of pepper. Will definitely make again and often. Thanks!

  21. This isn’t something I would have normally been drawn to, but the reviews were so good I decided to try it and really liked it! After telling my husband about it last night, I made one for him to take to work today and he just texted me:
    “Ok, that was weird. It IS tasty!! Thank you!”
    Haha!! Thanks for the great lunch idea Gina!

  22. Would have never guessed that this could be … that good! So satisfying 
    Such a great summertime meal!  My new go to brunch. Followed the recipe exact and threw a few chic peas, kidney beans and green beans in, topped it with everything seasoning …. WOW

  23. I’ve always eaten cottage cheese with fruit, even though my mom always ate it with Tobasco or any hot sauce we had on hand.  I just ate this for breakfast and it was DEE-LISH!!!  So satisfying and a good way to get more veggies in!!!  Thanks again, Gina!

  24. I remember my mom eating low fat cottage cheese with pepper and chives. It was unappetizing to look at and tasted awful. This is not my mother’s savory cottage cheese, this is delicious!  

  25. This is so good I like cottage cheese, but am not normally a fan of topping it with anything. THIS recipe is a total game changer! The flavour is amazing! Don’t skip the Pistachios….for such a tiny amount they really add to the dish. Delicious and packed with protein – what more could you ask for?

  26. OH MY WORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOO good!!!!!!

  27. I love this cottage cheese bowl for breakfast. I’m not crazy about egg dishes and this is perfect for me. I eat cottage cheese or yogurt with fruit all the time, but the veggies really are a great change.
    Thanks for including something so simple.

  28. I drizzled honey over it. Tasted so good!

  29. Good one, It was better then expected. I love cottage cheese and do like Good Culture a lot. The chives and pistachios are really good here. I like veggies at breakfast, so a winner with me. Thanks

  30. Sooooo good and easy to make!

  31. Sweet mother of god! I had no idea how much i would LOVE this and CRAVE this! I hate it took me 42 years to discover this bowl of yummy goodness!! The everything bagel seasoning sprinkled on top just adds to the perfection!! 

  32. I’ve been making a version of this recipe for years. We use whatever vegetables in the refrigerator plus add 3 Kalamata olives,  sliced or chopped.  For lunch I’ll add 1/2 can water packed tuna. It’s filling and delicious. 

  33. I am bloen away at your website. New member doing weight watchers, single mom, really can’t thank you enough for making  it easy snd accessible! Finally feels possible! 

  34. Try it with some balsamic glaze drizzled over. 

  35. I absolutely cannot get enough of this recipe. I’ve shared it with several in my office. I’m even admitting that some days I’ve had it for lunch and dinner 🙂 I love that it fills me up without making me feel too full. It’s such a fresh and clean meal.

    I really like adding red and yellow bell peppers and I’ve been using Everything Bagel seasoning sprinkled on top. It adds a nice mix of seasonings.

    This is a definite winner for me. Thank you for the great recipe.

  36. This has easily become one of my favourite breakfasts. Easy, tasty and satisfying.

  37. This was so yummy! My husband didn’t care for it as breakfast so it will be more of a lunch thing in our house. 

  38. I just started following your meal plan, and have to say that I wasn’t entirely thrilled with the thought of cottage cheese. But! I told myself I’m going to try everything, no matter what, at least once. I need to make some drastic changes in my life, so I need to start somewhere.

    I did buy the Good Culture cottage cheese as stated in the recipe, and it didn’t resemble the stuff I remember my mom eating with pickles and peaches. I was surprised I actually enjoyed it! All the veggies in it are super yummy.

  39. This is SO good. I am NOT a cottage cheese person, but really needed to up my protein intake to even try to make my macros so I was willing to give this a try.

    Well I have just had it twice in a row the last two days! There are so many delicious veggies that treat the cottage cheese as more like a dip than the main event – plus the chives – yum.

    I made it a side with 2 leftover ST Italian Beef and Spinach Meatballs and I pretty much died and went to heaven.

  40. Hi, I tracked this in my WW app just by using the nutritional information provided and came out with 7 points? I am hoping this is wrong but absolutely love the recipe!

    • The only accurate way to determine any recipe’s SmartPoints® value is to plug the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website (Click on “My Foods,” select “Recipe,” and click “Create a recipe.”) which does not count fruits and vegetables in recipes in the calculations as they are now 0 points.

      The SmartPoints® calculator isn’t meant for recipes and will often give you the wrong points (usually higher) because it’s counting the fruits and vegetables. So if you see a recipe with a SmartPoints® value that’s different from what the calculator tells you, now you know why.

  41. This was so good. The everything bagel seasoning made this so tasty.
    I modified the recipe and did cucumbers, tomatoes, 1/8 of an avocado and no peppers.
    So tasty!

  42. I made with what I had on hand this morning- cottage cheese, green onion, cucumbers, and everything bagel seasoning- delish!!

  43. I have made a version of this recipe for years. But instead of pistachios I have always used 1/2 can tuna packed in water. 
    I use any raw veggie in the fridge ( Gina’s choices + broccoli, cauliflower, radishes etc). A few diced nice olives and a nice seasoning salt are a great addition.  

  44. Add avocado! I love this idea, I will definitely add the bagel seasoning. I may be the only one who adds avocado to cottage cheese, yummy~

  45. I put the low-fat cottage cheese into the WW app and that is 3 points, the pistachios are 1 point on green — so it’s 4 points not 3 as stated.  If you use non-fat cottage cheese then perhaps it would be 3, but that isn’t what the recipe states.  Either way, it’s great and I added everything but the bagel seasoning!

    • Hi Jeanne- I did double check and it is 3 points. The only accurate way to determine any recipe’s SmartPoints® value is to plug the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website (Click on “My Foods,” select “Recipe,” and click “Create a recipe.”) which does not count fruits and vegetables in recipes in the calculations as they are now 0 points.

      The SmartPoints® calculator isn’t meant for recipes and will often give you the wrong points (usually higher) because it’s counting the fruits and vegetables. So if you see a recipe with a SmartPoints® value that’s different from what the calculator tells you, now you know why.

      Hope this helps!

  46. The cottage cheese and veggies dish was called Farmers Chop Suey when I was growing up back in the 40’s and 50’s. That was our Saturday night dinner sometimes.

  47. I do something similar to this, including everything-but-the-bagel seasoning!

    And I thought I was the only one who put nuts on my cottage cheese from time to time. 😉

  48. I just made this for lunch, I used the veggies in the recipe and added radishes since I had some chopped up in the fridge. I used the everything bagel seasoning which was a complete game changer. Thanks for such a nice simple healthy lunch option.

  49. I like to use half cottage cheese and 1/2 Greek yogurt to increase protein.  I will play around with different seasonings.  Great for weekly meal prep.

  50. This was absolutely delicious!! Thank you for sharing, I love cottage cheese and finding new ways to enjoy it is great!

  51. Thank you! I’d love to see more savory yogurt bowls!

  52. Looks delish to me !

  53. So gorgeous and what a great idea for breakfast.

  54. Did you use non fat or 2% cottage cheese??

  55. I have had many times for breakfast when I want something savory. I have never used pistachios and I used all the same vegetables as with the addition of radishes