Try our za’atar cottage cheese salad, then check out steak with za'atar butter, za’atar roasted aubergine with Puy lentil salad and za’atar aubergine steaks with sesame dressing and pomegranate. Plus, learn how to make your own za'atar spice blend. Try more cottage cheese recipes such as our fluffy cottage cheese pancakes.

How to make the perfect za’atar cottage cheese salad: cook's tips

  • Add a pinch of chilli flakes to the cottage cheese if you like things spicy, or top with shredded chicken or prawns for a main meal
  • This is perfect for meal prep, just make sure to pack the components separately so it doesn’t go soggy

How to store za'atar cottage cheese salad: Store the cottage cheese and veggies in the fridge before tossing with the dressing and croutons.

How to serve za'atar cottage cheese salad: Serve as a light lunch or on the side of your favourite grilled meats.

Can za'atar cottage cheese salad be made in advance: Make the cottage cheese the night before and store in the fridge. Bake the croutons and store in an airtight container.

Za’atar cottage cheese salad recipe


  • 1 wholemeal bagel, halved horizontally
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp za’atar
  • 300g cottage cheese
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and thinly sliced, fronds reserved
  • 70g rocket
  • 300g vine tomatoes, sliced thinly


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Tear the halved bagel into bite-sized pieces and scatter onto a lined baking tray. Toss with half the oil and seasoning, then bake in the oven for 12-15 mins or until golden and crisp.

  • STEP 2

    In a small bowl, stir most of the za’atar into the cottage cheese along with half the lemon juice and zest. In another bowl, whisk the remaining oil with the remaining lemon zest and juice. Season well.

  • STEP 3

    Toss the fennel, rocket and tomatoes with the dressing, and layer onto a platter. Dollop over the za’atar cottage cheese and bagel croutons, then sprinkle with the remaining za’atar and fennel fronds.

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