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Picnic Salads of Cottage Cheese & Veggies With a Kick

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“A healthful snack, light meal, or appetizer--perfect packed in the picnic basket or cooler to take along on picnics or outings in the countryside. Serve in lettuce cups, spread onto whole wheat crackers, stuff into whole wheat pita bread pockets, or eat as is. My DH really enjoys this salad, and prefers to "kick it up a notch" with extra cayenne. The recipe as written is meant to have only a subtle "kick", but you may increase or decrease the amount of cayenne to suit. Note: I like to make this dip several hours in advance, to allow the flavors to mingle. Enjoy!”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut cucumber lengthwise into fourths, then into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Cut radishes into halves and onions into 1 1/2-inch pieces.
  2. Place vegetables in blender container; add enough water to cover. Cover and blend on high speed until finely chopped; drain completely. (Can use the food processor, or vegetables can be finely chopped by hand).
  3. Mix cottage cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper and red pepper; stir in vegetables.
  4. Note: I like to cover and refrigerate for several hours to let the flavors blend.
  5. Spoon into lettuce cups and, if desired, garnish with sliced ripe olives. Also good on wheat crackers or in pita pockets.
  6. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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