Dorothy’s Cottage Cheese Salad

We were first served this salad in Richmond, Virginia by Dorothy McLeod, the mother of my best friend when I was a student at the University of Virginia.  Alan calls it mock potato salad, but Jerri and I always refer to it as Dorothy’s cottage cheese salad.

Very active in her church, Dorothy told me that this salad was a popular item on the potluck table.  Jerri asked for the recipe and has been making it for nearly as long as we have been married.  And yes, I make it too.

If you like cottage cheese and don’t like complicated recipes, you really should give this a try.  For the best flavor, make this salad at least a couple of hours before serving.


1 carton (24 ounce) small curd creamed cottage cheese
1/4 cup or more to taste mayonnaise or salad dressing
4 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped medium
1/4 to 1/2 cup candied dill strips, chopped rather fine


Mix everything in a bowl.  Taste and add more salad dressing if needed.  Garnish with a couple of shakes of paprika.

NOTE:  If you don’t have any candied dill strips, use sweet pickled gherkins and add a pinch of cinnamon and 1/8 tsp. dill weed.

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