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Discover the perfect blend of creaminess and spiciness in this Cottage Cheese and Salsa recipe. Made with simple ingredients, vibrant colors, this dish is a great first thing to reach for after a workout.


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Sometimes life is crazy, chaotic, and overwhelming.

I completely understand. I have a lot going on too.

But that is an even more important reason why you should be nourishing your body with great food.

This cottage cheese and salsa recipe is one you will make again and again. 

It is protein packed to give your body the energy it needs, and it is loaded with nutrients in the vegetables.

Salsa and Cottage Cheese give you all the flavors of creamy salsa without using sour cream.

Whether you need more healthy options in your life or just want something loaded with flavor, this cottage cheese salsa dip is a great choice to serve anywhere.


All ingredients for cottage cheese and salsa


What Ingredients are in Cottage Cheese and Salsa?

  • Cottage Cheese with Chive: the creamy and savory base to the dish that is also high protein.
  • Chunky Salsa: choose your favorite salsa to be your vegetables in this dish.
  • Canned Black Beans: rinsed and drained, adds more protein.
  • Avocado: Chopped to bring a creamy texture and richness.
  • Cilantro: Chopped for a burst of freshness on top of the cottage cheese with salsa.

Pro Tip: Choose a high-quality fresh chunky salsa or make homemade salsa to control what is in your mix. I like spicy salsa, but mild is great too.


Cottage cheese in a bowl with 3/4 cup of salsa on top


How to Make Cottage Cheese and Salsa:

  1. Mix most of the salsa with cottage cheese for a creamy base.
  2. Layer the remaining salsa, black beans, avocado, and cilantro.
  3. Serve Black Beans and Cottage Cheese Dip with multigrain chips, crackers, or enjoy with a spoon.

Pro Tip: Customize this dish with your favorite additions. Add a sprinkle of fresh ground black pepper or chopped black olives if you love them. I like them with chopped spring onions. Anything you love in burrito bowls would be great toppers to this dish.


salsa and cottage cheese mixed in a bowl


Is Cottage Cheese Salsa Healthy?

Yes, this cottage cheese salsa recipe is a very healthy choice!

This dish provides protein from the cottage cheese and black beans, while salsa, avocado, and cilantro add vitamins and antioxidants.

It’s a delicious way to get more nutritious ingredients in your diet.

Cottage cheese is one of the top sources of casein.

Casein is a slow digesting milk protein that provides a steady stream of amino acids that help rebuild and repair muscles, which is essential after a workout. 

So yes, I’d say it’s very healthy and makes a great snack or lunch!


Remaining salsa on top of cottage cheese salsa mixture.


How to Store Salsa with cottage cheese?

Store cottage cheese and salsa dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days.

However, for optimal freshness, it’s best enjoyed immediately.

How Long Does Cottage Cheese Salsa Last?

Cottage cheese with salsa is best consumed within two days for best taste and freshness.

The cilantro will wilt, and the salsa can make the cottage cheese watery, so I like to just make as much as I can eat in one sitting.


Black beans added on top of salsa and cottage cheese


Can You Freeze Cottage Cheese and Salsa?

No, you cannot freeze this black beans and cottage cheese dip.

This is one of those healthy recipes that is best prepared and eaten fresh.

How to Serve Cottage Cheese and Salsa?

Serve black beans and cottage cheese with multigrain chips, crackers, or vegetable dippers.

Or use a spoon for a quick and easy snack. 

I think Black Bean and Cottage Cheese Dip is one of the great options to serve with game day appetizers or to top a salad for a healthy lunch.

It is also a great way to top a baked potato or wrap in corn tortillas with cooked chicken breast for an easy lunch taco.


Sliced avocado added on top of black beans


What to Serve with Black Beans and Salsa?

Serve cottage cheese and black beans it with other appetizers. You can have simple items like guacamole, pico de gallo, or tortilla chips for a fiesta theme. Or try some of these great recipes:

We’re also fans of creating a dip bar! Consider serving it with these dips:


cilantro added on top of all other ingredients in a bowl


Is Cottage Cheese and Salsa Gluten-Free?

Yes, this salsa and cottage cheese recipe is gluten-free.

It is a great option for those with gluten sensitivities.

Pro Tip: It is always a good idea to check your prepackaged ingredients to make sure the manufacturer didn’t add gluten to the salsa or cottage cheese. Some flavored cottage cheese mixes could contain gluten.

Also if you are serving this with any dipping crackers, be sure they are gluten free or have a separate bowl for your gluten free friends so it doesn’t get contaminated by gluten dipping crackers or bread.


3 tortilla chips stuck into salsa mix to show it's a chip dip


Is Cottage Cheese Salsa Keto?

Yes, cottage cheese bean dip is keto friendly!

With its low-carb content and healthy fats from avocado, this dish can be enjoyed as part of a keto-friendly diet.

Pro Tip: Be sure to use dippers that are also keto friendly in this Cottage Cheese Bean Dip. Traditional chips and crackers are not keto and should be avoided.


side view of cottage cheese salsa


This cottage cheese and salsa dish is the perfect dish for simple nourished living.

It has lots of nutritional benefits and is one of those easy recipes you can make again and again no matter how busy you are.


3 tortilla chips stuck into salsa mix to show it's a chip dip

Cottage Cheese and Salsa

Yield: 5 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This Cottage Cheese and Salsa makes a quick, healthy, and gluten-free snack that is perfect for any occasion. High in protein and flavor!


  1. Mix the Cottage Cheese and with 3/4 cup of salsa.
  2. Place remaining 1/4 cup salsa on top of cottage cheese.
  3. Top this with black beans, avocado, and cilantro in that order.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers, or eat with a spoon as a healthy lunch.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 558mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 7g
Originally Posted: August 30, 2017

Photos & Text updated: March 20, 2024


Cottage Cheese Salsa...this protein packed snack is the perfect post workout snack or healthy lunch!


Sunday 16th of June 2024

Can't wait to try this with some lime tortilla chips!


Friday 23rd of June 2023

Funny...I started making this about 35 years ago when my son wanted something cold for supper on a super hot day, and since we both love(d) (he's dead now) guacamole, as well as salsa, he thought up a combination of the two to be in a bowl-type of dish. Then we both thought of our much-favored cottage cheese, and decided to just put the whole thing together and scoop it out with our favorite corn chips. I never thought of it as any kind of recipe, just a simple thing that my son and I came up with on a hot summer day. Good to see other great young minds thinking like ours :-D


Wednesday 9th of August 2023

Joyce I'm sorry to hear about your son's passing. So glad that you have memories like this recipe to keep you him close! Thanks for your comment.


Monday 4th of September 2017

My hubby would LOVE this!!

Jennifer A Stewart

Monday 4th of September 2017

This is such a great alternative to burrito bowls! I love that the cottage cheese gives it such creaminess and extra protein!


Monday 4th of September 2017

My hubby is a HUGE cottage cheese fan so I def have to make this!!!! Looks DELISH!

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