Cottage Cheese Tuna Salad
This Cottage Cheese Tuna Salad is the BEST and a family favorite we make on the regular! It’s an easy, tasty mix of tuna, cottage cheese, avocado, corn, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, black olives, and Dijon.
This post is sponsored by Hiland Dairy but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
No matter how you mix it, making tuna salad at home is one of the easiest, most satisfying meals you can whip up from pantry staples. I’m a huge tuna salad fan and out of the hundreds of versions I’ve made, this Cottage Cheese Tuna Salad is the version I love most. Served on a bed of greens or slathered between slices of your favorite bread, this is such a tasty tuna salad recipe that works perfectly as a dip with tortilla chips, too.
INGREDIENTS FOR COTTAGE CHEESE TUNA SALAD
I highly recommend this recipe made just as instructed because it’s that good. But feel free to throw in your own favorite must-haves or leave an ingredient out that you don’t really like. This recipe is very forgiving and is ready so fast, anytime hunger strikes!
Hiland Low Fat Cottage Cheese is one of my favorite tuna salad ingredients. It gives tuna salad such a great flavor! Not only does it have a delicious taste and texture, but it also gives this tuna salad more protein and less fat than the classic tuna salad recipe.
HOW TO MAKE TUNA SALAD
- Once you’ve opened the can of tuna, drain as much of the water as possible. I like to do this by removing the lid and holding it over the sink to drain.
- Next, add the tuna to a bowl.
- Stir in the rest of your ingredients: cottage cheese, avocado, corn, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, black olives, Dijon and Cajun seasoning. The seasoning isn’t a must if you don’t happen to have it on hand, but I really like the flavor it adds.
- Mix well and, if needed, season to taste with salt & pepper. Both cottage cheese and tuna are salty foods, so I don’t feel that this salad needs extra salt & pepper.
It tastes even better if you let it chill for a couple hours, but I usually just eat it immediately, straight out of the bowl. I can’t help it!
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Another summer MUST is Hiland Ice Cream? It’s the best and one of our favorite ways to enjoy summer evenings out on the back porch!
Other tasty tuna salad recipes to try:
Easy Avocado Tuna Salad (video)
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Cottage Cheese Tuna Salad
- 2 (5 oz.) cans albacore wild tuna packed in water, drained
- 1 cup Hiland low-fat cottage cheese
- 2/3 cup corn, drained or if using frozen, thawed
- 2/3 cup finely diced red bell pepper
- 1 cup quartered cherry or grape tomatoes
- 1/2 large avocado, pitted and diced
- 1 (4 oz.) can sliced black olives, drained
- 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard or Dijon mustard (regular mustard works fine too),
- 1 teaspoon Creole or Cajun seasoning
- Salt & Pepper as needed to taste, (Be sure to taste before adding. Cottage cheese and tuna are both pretty salty and I didn’t need any additional salt.)
- Drain tuna and chop other ingredients.
- Combine all of the above ingredients together in a medium to large bowl.
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Yum! Loved this. Such a tasty, healthy lunch!
Thanks for this recipe! It is so delicious and the perfect satisfying lunch.
Hi this sounds great but we arent fans of cajun or creole spices. Can you recommend a different spice or just omit it completely?
You can definitely leave it out or use any other favorite seasoning. Enjoy!
I’m late to the game, but this looks amazing! How long will it keep in the fridge? Looking to make some healthy quarantine lunches and don’t want to make too large of batch if it will go bad before I finish it.
Thanks! I would say about 3-4 days. Just give it a good stir after removing it from the fridge.
Made a half helping today since I am the only one eating. Probably could have made a whole helping and have no problem finishing it off in 3-4 days. It is delicious!
So glad he enjoyed! Thanks for your comment!
This is such a genius idea! I can’t wait to make this for Memorial Day!
A great mix of tasty ingredients, and so easy to do. Salads like this are ideal for packing in lots of veggie goodness.
I’ve never been a huge cottage cheese fan, but the combo of all the other ingredients was absolutely creamy and delicious! Loved it! You’ve made me a believer 🙂
Tuna and cottage cheese! I wholeheartedly approve. 🙂 And yup, I also make lunch sandwiches out of tuna salad like this, so simple yet so delicious.
I never thought of adding cottage cheese to tuna salad but what a great idea. I love it on regular salads so I know this would be delicious. Can’t wait to try this.
Made this for lunch yesterday and it was exactly what I was looking for! Light, but full of flavor and definitely satisfying!
Love how you’ve put together a bunch of healthy items to make one great tasty dish. Pinned to make for lunch.
This salad looks so delicious and balanced! Such a great idea for a healthy dinner ♥
The name threw me a little bit but then I saw it and all the different things you added in it and I’m hooked. I can’t wait to make this!!
I love Salad. My most amazing dish always. Love to try new salad recipes and this one looks awesome. Thanks for your amazing recipe.
I put this together tonight for my lunch tomorrow. Not an avocado lover here, so that was not added. I had a small nibble and it tasted great! I’ll be looking forward to lunchtime tomorrow! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
So glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment!
That sounds like such a delicious, healthy and easy salad! Would have never thought of adding cottage cheese to a tuna salad, thanks for the great tip!
This is a fantastic idea! I love cottage cheese and tuna together in a sandwich, but I’ve never thought of making a tuna, veggie and cottage cheese salad. Pinning this now.
Love the idea of making cottage cheese tuna salad! I will be making it this week! Thanks for the recipe.
I can’t wait to try! I am not a big fan of mustard, any other suggestions?
I would just leave it out. Hope you enjoy!
How many servings does this make?
This recipe makes 9 servings of about 1/2 cup. Enjoy!
This looks delicious! 🙂 Cottage and tuna…definitely would go great together! I’ll have to try this the next time I use tuna!
Loved the combination of cottage cheese and tuna! This recipe was a winner!
Loved this recipe! I’m always looking for tasty tuna salad recipes and this one hit the spot.
Cottage cheese is so underrated! Definitely trying this out ASAP!