Ditch The Mozzarella And Use Cottage Cheese To Give Caprese Salad A Tang

Captivatingly vibrant from appearance to taste, Caprese salad is a welcomed sight at any dining table. It typically consists of tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella, all drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a pinch of salt. While this familiar combination is one that never fails to delight, switching things up every once in a while is just as fun. If you don't want to alter this dish entirely and only want to add a different, tangy edge, swapping the mozzarella with cottage cheese is an excellent idea.

In traditional Caprese salad, mozzarella's milky, floral notes often accompany the tomatoes' acidity and the basil's herbaceous fragrance. Cottage cheese, however, has a subtle tang hiding underneath its distinct creaminess. It lingers delicately in the back, just enough to impart a noticeable undertone that still allows the remaining ingredients to fully shine.

Unlike mozzarella, which offers a uniform smoothness, cottage cheese is crumbly and creamy with delightful curds. It layers in between the tomatoes and herbs, delicately melting the tangy notes into these ingredients. This not only makes for tender, pleasant bites but also ensures that the flavor infusion is perfectly seamless.

More than just a twist for your salad

Switching from mozzarella to cottage cheese opens up a world of possibilities. The first approach is to use it the same way as mozzarella simply by serving it alongside the tomatoes and basil. You can even use cherry tomatoes instead of the regular kind for a double twist on the dish, making it even more refreshing.

Getting a little creative opens up the possibilities. You can keep things simple and spoon the cottage cheese and basil leaves onto the tomato slices, then drizzle the balsamic and olive oil as you normally would and have a plate of appetizers to serve at parties in no time. Another way is going the bruschetta route by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl and then laying it over toasted baguette slices. 

If you're aiming for something more elaborate, perhaps a quiche might do the trick. Whisk the cottage cheese and chopped tomatoes straight into the eggs to make a soft and gooey filling with pops of colors in the middle. The Caprese mix can be stuffed into chicken breasts as well. It's the perfect main course with a surprising yet enjoyable twist.